2013年03月31日

A night view of Senso-ji Buddhist Temple in Asakusa, which light art is designed by Mikiko Ishii, is so beautiful that it can be a painting.

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Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, one of the leading tourists spots in Tokyo, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo and flourished as a center of religious belief among the masses in Edo, present Tokyo, from the 17th century to 19th century.
This temple is always busy with many sightseers from inside and outside the country, who head for Kaminari-mon gateway featuring a big red lantern and Nakamise shopping street. On the other hand, a night view of this temple is not widely known. At around 7:00pm, when most shops on Nakamise street are closing, the number of the sightseers remarkably reduces and the temple grounds are enshrined in evening gloom.
The picture shows the night view of this temple, five-story pagoda on the right and Hozo-mon gateway on the left. As shown in this picture, the night view of these buildings are beautiful thanks to Mikiko Ishii, who is Japan's leading lighting designer known for the lighting design of Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills.
This illumination is performed from sunset to 11:00pm everyday.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2012年10月27日

"Tsukiji-honganji" Buddhist temple in Tokyo is a branch temple of "Nishi-honganji" temple in Kyoto, which is the head temple of the "Jodo-shinshu" Sect founded by the Venerable "Shinran".

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This temple was originally built near Asakusa in Tokyo in 1617. However as it was burnt down by the "Meireki-no-taika" conflagration also known as "Furisode-kaji" in 1657, the temple was rebuilt by the order of the then government at the present site on reclaimed land called Tsukiji in 1679.
In this connection, the name of Tsukiji literally means a reclaimed land, and the neighborhood of Tsukiji fish market used to be the temple town of this religious institution. The present building was constructed in 1934 after the former building was destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923.
As shown in the picture, this temple building bears extremely rare Indian style exterior together with the Honganji Branch Temple in Kobe.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2012年07月15日

"Kanei-ji" temple in Ueno, Tokyo, is the head temple of the "Tendai" Sect in the Kanto Region, as well as the family temple of the Tokugawa shoguns' family, together with "Zojo-ji" temple in Shiba, Tokyo.

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"Kanei-ji" Buddhist temple, where six shoguns out of fifteen successive shoguns take their final resting place, was built by "Tenkai", the high-ranking Buddhist priest of "Tendai" Sect, in the 17th century. He was patronized and venerated by the Tokugawa family. This temple had retained strong religious power , supervising even "Hiei-zan" temple in Kyoto and Nikko-san" temple in Nikko, as the head temple of "Tendai" Sect until the Meiji restoration in the 19th century.
Present Ueno Park, National Museum and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music used to be a part of the precincts of this temple, however most buildings were reduced to ashes during the battle of Ueno between Tokugawa's feudal government's troops and the Emperor's troops in the 19th century.
There still remain some important buildings that were a part of this temple in and around Ueno Park.
The first picture shows the five-storied pagoda built in the 17th century and "Chokugaku-mon" gate, which stands in front of the old mausoleum of the 4th shogun Tokugawa Ietsuna, is shown in the second picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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