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Hie Shrine

Hie Shrine 日枝神社

Hie Shrine main building


Torii of Hie Shrine

This shrine, in the heart of Tokyo, is one of the many Hie Shrines that are dispersed throughout Japan which has its roots in Mt. Hiei, northeast of Kyoto. The messenger for the shrine’s deity is the monkey; thus, several statues and images of monkeys can be found in the shrine. One image of a monkey carrying … Read the rest

Sensoji – Asakusa Kannon Temple

Sensoji 浅草寺


Today’s Kaminarimon(雷門) was built in 1960. The 700kg lantern was donated by Panasonic’s founder, Matsushita Konosuke. At the left and right of the lantern are the statues of Raijin, god of thunder and Fujin, god of wind.


Sensoji is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, dating back to the year 628 according to legend. At the entrance of the temple grounds is a gate called Kaminarimon(雷門; … Read the rest


Nihon-ji 日本寺

Nihon-ji Daibutsu


Nihon-ji is a Buddhist temple that was built in 725 by the Buddhist priest, Gyoki, on the imperial order of Emperor Shomu. The temple was built as a Hosso-sect temple but was later transferred to the Tendai and Shingon sects. During the reign of shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, the temple was transffered to the Soto sect and still remains a Soto temple to this day.… Read the rest

Kawasaki Daishi – Heikenji

Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji 川崎大師平間寺

The Daihondo(Main Hall) of Kawasaki Daishi, rebuilt in 1964.


A censer at Kawasaki Daishi.

Heiken-ji, or Kawasaki Daishi as it is commonly known, is a temple belonging to the Chisan Sect of Shingon Buddhism. Kawasaki Daishi has long been a popular temple for Hatsumode – the first visit to a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple in a new year. In 2013, 2.96 million … Read the rest

Nogi Shrine

Nogi Shrine 乃木神社

Nogi Shrine


Nogi Shrine(Nogi Jinja) is dedicated to General Nogi Maresuke(1849-1912), who led Japan’s military in the Sino-Japanese War and following Russo-Japanese War. He requested his own seppuku to the Meiji Emperor after a pyrrhic victory in the capture of Port Arthur. The request was denied as the practice of seppuku was forbidden. Following the Emperor Meiji’s death in 1912, Nogi was able to fulfill … Read the rest

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