Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Walk around Atagoyama & Surroundings (Part 3) / 愛宕山とその周辺の散歩 (パート3)

Continuing my walk after checking out the NHK Museum of Broadcasting and having had my fill of cheesecake, making a few other stops as I checked out other temples and shrines I was unaware of, I found myself at one of the most popular temples in Tokyo - Zojoji Temple.  Not only is it a very large temple, it is also located next to the Tokyo Tower.


Gotta love the old and new as you can see Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower from this viewpoint.


Just trying to give you an idea of how large Zojoji Temple is.


Cherry Blossoms still in bloom on the temple grounds.


My wife considers it bad luck to take a picture of all the tiny statues, called Ojizo-sama, but its so Japanese I had to share.  I also wanted to explain the meaning of the Ojizo-sama as well.  They are considered the guardian of children, of those who passed away before their parents. 


Its very somber when you see the number of Ojizo-sama here at Zojoji Temple.  Just thinking of all the children each statue represents pulls at your heartstrings.


Why just a picture of a gate? I wasn't aware the first time I visited Zojoji Temple that it houses the tomb of Japan's first Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa.  It is also currently opened to the public, but closes at 4:00pm. It was 5:00pm when I got there.  I will have to try to check it out another time.


Next stop - Tokyo Tower of course!

次の目的地 ‐ もちろん東京タワーだ!

The Tokyo Sky Tree may be taller when it's completed (actually it's already surpassed the height of Tokyo Tower), this is still one of my favorite places to go.


The day I went, a charity event was being held for the earthquake/tsunami disaster in northern Japan.  And so concludes another neighborhood walk.


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