First visit to my guardian shrine and Meiji shrine

Meiji shrine and my guardian shrine (1 January 2021)

Tokyo has a gentle and calm New year’s day.

Attracted by Japanese apricot’s fragrance, I visited my guidian’s shrine first.

I always enjoy this early blooming red double Japanese apricot.

It seemed fewer visitors than usual year.

Then I went to Meiji shrine where much fewer than usual year. I passed the first Torii gate very smoothly.

Very fewer people on the approaching way than the last year.

Walking speed became slower after south god’d gate, but much much smoother than average year!

There were not so much people at Shibuya scramble crossing.

I wish this year become much better year than last one.

Please click here to know the Meiji shrine more, here.

 

Visit Nikko Toshogu

Nikko Toshogu  (03 04 2020)

Yomeimon Gate; “Gate of the Setting Sun”

Visit Toshogu shrine, start from the Nikko Station (JR line)

Nikko station (JR line)

Walking through a main approach road allied by cryptomeria to the shrine

Main approach road to the shrine

Enter into the precinct through Ishidorii (Stone Torii Gate)

Ishidorii (Stone Torii Gate)

 

After watching a vermilion Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda) left side

Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)

Main gate of Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)
Through main gate; Omotemon (Front Gate) or called Nio gate, gateof Guardian deity Nio or Deva
Omotemon (Front Gate) or called Nio Gate

Guardian deity Nio or Deva

Then to watch “Imaginary Elephants”on a gable of the Kamijinko Storehouse, one of Sanjinko (Three Sacred Storehouses) on right side.

“Imaginary Elephants”on a gable of the Kamijinko Storehouse

And famous Sanzaru (Three Wise Monkeys) on Shinkyusha (Sacred Stable), a stable for the shrine’s sacred horses on left side.

Sanzaru (Three Wise Monkeys) on Shinkyusha (Sacred Stable) a stable for the shrine’s sacred horses

After visiting the Honjido Hall in where to enjoy famous crying dragon.

Drum tower and Honjido Hall

Drum tower and Honjido Hall (right side)

To watch gorgeous Yomeimon gate or “Gate of the Setting Sun” since people can admire this gate all day long.

Yomeimon Gate; “Gate of the Setting Sun”

Kairo (Corridor) ; The exterior wall extending to the Yomeimon Gate

Kairo (Corridor) ; The exterior wall extending to the Yomeimon Gate

Calligraphy on a tablet on the Yomeimon gate (written by Gomizuo Emperor)

Calligraphy on a tablet on the Yomeimon gate (written by Gomizuo Emperor)

An upside down pillar of the Yomeimon gate

An upside down pillar of the Yomeimon gate

Lion sculpture on the Yomeimon gate

Lion sculpture on the Yomeimon gate

Sculptures and roof of the Yomeimon gate

Sculptures and roof of the Yomeimon gate

By watching Shinyosha (Portable Shrine House) on left side

Shinyosha (Portable Shrine House)

Shinyosha (Portable Shrine House)

Move to the Gohonsha (Main Shrine) (Inside no photos allowed) after watching a Karamon gate (Chinese gate)

Karamon Gate (Chinese gate)

Dragon sculpture on the pillar of the karamon gate

Dragon sculpture on the pillar of the karamon gate

Then go up to Okumiya (Inner Shrine) through Sakashitamon by watching sleeping cat

Nemurineko (Sleeping Cat) on Sakashitamon gate

Nemurineko (Sleeping Cat) on Sakashitamon gate

Sparrow sculpture backside of Nemurineko (Sleeping Cat)

Sparrow sculpture backside of Nemurineko (Sleeping Cat)

Going up to the Okumiya (Inner Shrine) thourgh arrow alley to Okumiya with watching Gohonsha (Main Shrine).

Narrow alley to Okumiya (Inner Shrine)

Narrow alley to Okumiya (Inner Shrine)

Gohonsha (Main Shrine)

Gohonsha (Main Shrine)

Steps to Okumiya (Inner Shrine)

Steps to Okumiya (Inner Shrine)

Then visit Tokugawa Ieyasu’s mausoleum; Gohoto in the Inner shrine

Inukimon Gate of Okumiya (Inner shrine)

Inukimon Gate of Okumiya (Inner shrine)

Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum; Gohoto

Tokugawa Ieyasu’s mausoleum; Gohoto

 

 

 

Yushima Tenjin Japanese apricot festival

Yushima Tenjin (29 02 2020)

Yushima tenjin (tenmangu) is famous of Japanese apricot

Japanese apricot and main building

Every year, this shrine hosts “Japanese apricot festival” from February to Early March.

This year is warmer than usual year, and now flower has almost near end.

There are “Tenjin” or “Tenmongu” shrine in some major city, like Fukuoka, Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo.

   Tenjin shrine enshrine Sugawara Michizane, famous scholar in Heian period.

Many students who want pass examine come to pray for success in early spring.

Worshipers also stroke a statue of  cattle for expecting to heal bad parts of themselves.

Nikko (in a training course)

Nikko (23 02 2020)

Omotemon (Front Gate) of Toshoguu

Omotemon (Front Gate) Tousyoguu

Five stories pagoda

Tousyouji Temple Five stories pagoda

Turtle stone (hiding stone of pole hole)

Turtle stone (hiding stone of pole hole)

Main road to Yomei gate

Main road to Yomei gate

Statue of three wise men (at Yomei gate)

Statue of three wise men

Sleeping cat (Nemuri neko)

Sleeping cat (Nemuri neko)

Kara gate of Main building

Kara gate of Main building

Cyuzenji lake and Nantai mountain

Cyuzenji lake and Nantai mountai

Ryudu (dragon head) fall

Ryudu fall

Kegon fall

Kegon fall

 

Atago shrine

Atago shrine (21 Feb 2020)

Established on Atago hill in Minato city.

Atago hill (23 m high sea level; natural highest place at 23 Tokyo metropolitan city)

Red Torii gate in front of “steps to success “

Red Torii gate of Atago shrine

Actute main steps (male steps left side)

Main steps (male steps left side)

Gentle slope (female steps right side)

Gentle slope (female steps right side)

From the top of slopes

From top of slopes

Japanese apricot; the famous legend of Shogunate and young samurai

Shogunate Japanese apricot

A Lantern named with  Atago shrine  (Tokugawa’s crest)

A Lantern named Atago shrine

Zojyouji, Kyu Shibarikyu and Hamarikyu garden

Zojyouji, Kyu Shibarikyu and Hamarikyu garden (Jan 20 2020)

Start from Zojyouji temple

Zojyouji temple main building and Tokyo tower

Zojyouji temple main building and Tokyo tower

From Sangedatsumon (three spirutual gate) to street outside

Sangedatsumon (three spirutual gate)

Shiba Toshogu Shrine

Shiba Toshogu Shrine

Kyu Shiba Rikyu garden

Pine with Snow hanging

Pine with Snow hanging

Pond and skyscrapers

Pond and skyscrapers

A couple taking photo for wedding

A couple taking photo for wedding

Then visit KYu Hama-rikyu garden

Tea house of hawk Taka no ocyaya

Tea house of hawk Taka no ocyaya

Gardener caring pine tree

松の手入れをする庭師 Gardener caring pine tree

Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi park

Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi park (Feb 09 2020)

Start from Harajyuku Station (JR Yamanote line)
Harajyuku Statio

Go into the Meiji Shrine through a front Torii gate.

Nihonsyu barrel with straw cover
Purify by washing hands and a mouth

Main Shrine buildings
Meiji shrine main building

Japanese garden (Inside garden) in Meiji shrine

Japanese garden (Inside garden) in Meiji shrine

Lonicera gracilipes var. glabra/ ウグイスカグラ

Lonicera gracilipes var. glabra/ ウグイスカグラ

A well called Kiyomasa ‘s well

After visiting the shrine, relax in Yoyogi park.