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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2011年08月21日

Genroku-Ako Incident, also known as 'Chushingura', the result of which was 'harakiri' suicide of 47 'ronin' lordless samurais, still long remains in Japanese people's minds.

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Asano Takuminokami, a feudal lord in present Hyogo Prefecture, unexpectedly struck at Kira Kozukenosuke who was a feudal lord too, with his sword the inside of Edo Castle in 1701. Although the reason for the bloodshed was unknown, the slasher was immediately commanded to commit hara-kiri and his fief was confiscated because the castle grounds was a residence of Tokugawa Shogun and so it was thought to be a sacred place. On the other hand, the counterpart received no punishment for that incident without any interrogation. This unfair decision triggered off the revenge on Kira Kozukenosuke by killing by 47 'ronin' lordless samurais out of around 300 former retainers of Asano Takuminokami one and half years after. Then feudal government strived to settle the revenge case by ordering these 47 ronins to commit seppuku suicide,which was thought honorable, after long and careful consideration. The common people of the day sung the praise of their behavior as a typical of the samurai spirit, so-called bushido,and even now there are no Japanese who don't know this incident. The picture above shows 'sanmon' gate of Sengaku-ji Temple in Minato Ward, Tokyo, where the 47 loyalists and their lord sleep. The grave-posts in the picture below attract many visitors throughout the country every day.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahiosa Takaki.

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