2011年07月30日

A haunted Shinto shrine 'Oiwa-inari' in Yotsuya, Tokyo, has something to do with 'Yotsuya kaidan', a horror story written in the Edo era.

oiwasyuku2.jpg

'Yotsuya-kaidan' is Japan's well-known ghost story for 'kabuki' play written by 'Tsuruya Nanboku', a noted author, early in the 19th century. He created this masterpiece according to some facts took place at that time: a miserable wife named 'Oiwa' killed by her unfaithful husband, an executed couple whose bodies were fastened on a door with nails and the like. This script comes to the conclusion that the husband of 'Oiwa' was driven insane to death by her ghost. Her strong passion for revenge might have led her to span the gap back to this world. This small Shinto shrine in the picture is standing in the corner of her old house and is said to be built by her relatives to ease the grudge of her. Her wondering soul with full of the bitter is really pacified?

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

HP-banner
posted by masahisa at 09:04 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2011年07月27日

'Jindaiji' Buddhist temple in Chofu City, Tokyo, is widely known throughout Japan by its specialty 'jindaiji-soba' buckwheat noodles.

Jinndaijisannmonn.jpg

jindaijisoba.jpg

Over ten kilometers in the west of Tokyo, there stands 'Jindaiji' temple , the second oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo after 'Sensoji' temple in Asakusa. 'Sanmon' main gate with a thatched roof in the picture above is the oldest existing wooden structure in the temple grounds built in the 17th century, in addition one of the oldest Buddhist images and temple bells are worth appreciating. This temple is also distinguished for 'daruma-ichi' doll fair held early in March and 'jindaiji-soba' served at many 'soba' buckwheat noodles restaurants lining along the approach to the temple like in the picture below.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

HP-banner
posted by masahisa at 12:43 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2011年03月31日

Even a short waiting time for the connecting flight at Narita Airport can be utilized for visiting 'Naritasan Shinshoji' Buddhist temple, where Japan's traditional townscape is well preserved.

017.JPG

025.JPG

'Naritasan Shinshoji', also known 'Narita-fudo', which is one of renowned Buddhist temples in Japan, attracts many men and women of all ages who play the safety of their family as well as the traffic safety. It has turned to be a bustling temple since a leading Kabuki actor 'Ichikawa Danjuro' became a believer in this temple and so he was nicknamed 'Narita-ya' in the 17th century.
'Shaka-do' in the picture above and other wooden buildings in the precincts are designated as important cultural assets. This temple can be reached from Narita Airport Station in 30 minutes including pleasant walk along the approach way to the institution of one kilometer long. The old view of the street in the picture below is that approach way with many traditional ryokans, pharmacies for harbal medicine,restaurants for 'unagi' eel dishes, etc.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

HP-banner
posted by masahisa at 16:43 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする