Monday, May 22, 2017

A Walk around Taishido Hachiman Shrine / 太子堂八幡の散歩

When I resigned from last employer in Tokyo, I still had quite a bit of paid holidays to use up. My official last day was October 31st however, my last day at work was at the end of September. And our move to Aomori wouldn't take place until the end of November giving me a lot of free time. So, on my first free weekend I went for a walk around my neighborhood. Today's main goal was a local shrine called the Taishido Hachiman Shrine.

東京で努めた会社を辞めて、結構暇になった。正式の最終日は10月31日ですが、有給がまだあったので、9月27日が会社の最終日になった。青森に引っ越すのは11月下旬なので、自由な時間がたっぷりありました。仕事辞めて最初の休日は近所の散歩に出かけた。自分の目的地は太子堂八幡神社。


But what's this? A German bakery in Sangenjaya? I don't remember seeing this job all the years I've lived here.

でもなんだ。三軒茶屋にドイツのお菓子工房があるって。何年もここに住んでるのにここは気づいたことはないな。


Muttis Kuchen? I guess that's the name of the place.

ムッティスクーハン? 本当に聞いたことない。


And then I discovered why. This shop is not always open for business. It doesn't have a regular schedule and when the place is not open, there are no signs to even give you a clue that there was shop in the building.

そしてなぜ気付かなかったをわかった。この店は不定期でやってるところ。やってない時はサインも一切ありませんので、気付くことはありません。


I have no idea of the name of the snack I bought but it was good!

買ったお菓子の名前は知りませんが美味しかった!


This is the Benzai Shrine located right outside of the Taishido Hachiman Shrine.

ここは太子堂八幡神社の前にある弁財社。


Entrance to Taishido Hachiman Shrine.

太子堂八幡神社の入口。


Heading up to the hondo.

本堂に向かってます。


Hand Purification Basin / 手水舎


Hondo / 本堂







If you walk around Taishido Hachiman Shrine or the market street, you should run into the neighborhood cat/mascot, Tama-chan.

太子堂八幡神社や太子堂商店街を歩き回ったら、近所のタマちゃんに会える。


Me and Tama-chan / 僕とタマちゃん










Inari Jinja / 稲荷神社












Prayer Boards / 絵馬






The Compatibility Tree / 相生の神








Shiokama Jinja / 鹽竈神社




You can visit Pitan at Tashido Hachiman Shrine.

ピータンという名前のうさぎが太子堂八幡神社に会えるよ。






I see a cat. Can it be another Tama-chan?

境内に猫と遭遇。別のタマちゃん?






Taishido Hachiman Shrine Seal / 太子堂八幡神社の御朱印


And yes, there is a public phone booth on the shrine grounds. Now to head back home. Only 10 minutes on foot from here.

はい、境内に公衆電話ボックスがあります。さて、ここからうちに帰る。徒歩で10分の距離だ。

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Walk around Yutenji Temple and Surroundings / 祐天寺とその周辺の散歩

After leaving my previous employer in Tokyo, my wife and I had plenty of free time before our impending move to Aomori. So on a nice day, I suggested a walk to Yutenji Temple from our apartment. It was a nice 45 minute walk from are apartment to Yutenji Temple.

以前東京で努めた会社を辞めて、青森に引っ越す前にまだ時間もあって、晴れた日に祐天寺まで散歩に出かけようと妻に提案した。天気も良かったし、本当に散歩日和でした。うちのアパートから祐天寺までは徒歩で45分くらいでした。




Main Gate / 表門


At Yutenji Temple, you will find the Kyu Sogen'in Tamaya-kyuden (former miniature shrine for mausoleum of Sogen'in).


And is also the site for the grave of Yuten Shonin.


Nio Gate / 仁王門




Kasane Tsuka / 田糸塚


Temple Bell (Bonsho) / 梵鐘


Stone Buddha's feet / 仏足石




Mizuko Jizo / 水子地蔵


Monument to Edo era firefighters / 江戸消防記念會


Old Water Purification Basis / 古い手水舎


An old well / 古い井戸


Main Temple (Hondo) / 本堂




Temple detail










Yutenji Temple Seal / 祐天寺の御朱印


Yutenji Street / 祐天寺商店街


Old steam engine wheel on display.

C57117 号蒸機関車主動輪。


For the steam locomotive nerds.


Snack time along Yutenji Street while I enjoy a coke float.

祐天寺の商店街で一休みでコーラフロートを飲む。


My wife had a large order of some shaved ice.

妻はカキ氷を頼みました。


As we were walking home, we came upon a place called Dr. Nakamatsu Square. It seems the street is also named after Dr. Nakamatsu.

帰りの道でドクター中松スクエアを発見。


The building is the house is Dr. Nakamatsu's house.

このビルはドクター中松の家です。






And so ended another one of our walking adventures.

これで今日の冒険散歩の幕が閉じた。