Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Walk around Kumano Shrine, Chuo Park, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Part 1) / 熊野神社、中央公園と都庁の散歩 (パート1)

I figured its about time that I return to some of my neighborhood walks posts.  I haven't been neglecting them on purpose.  A couple of weeks ago I was under the weather.  The cold just wouldn't go away, so I finally went to the hospital and discovered that it wasn't a cold after all, I was suffering from bronchitis!  Ugh.  I was prescribed some antibiotics and a few other meds.  Then work got really busy.  Then my cough returned.  Went to another clinic (my usual place was closed for the Obon holidays).  Fortunately it wasn't the return of bronchitis but I was prescribed some other meds and it seems to have taken care of the problem.

I've been curious about the Kumano Shrine since riding the bus from Shibuya to Shinjuku and discovering that it was one of the stops along the way.  Finally, on a recent day off I decided to check it out.

そろそろ散歩のネタに戻ろうと思いまして。わざとさぼってるわけじゃなかった。二週間前ちょっと風邪をひいちゃって中々治れなかった。咳がひど過ぎて病院に行ったら、風邪ではないと言われた。気管支炎に診断された。抗生物質と咳止めの薬やらを出してくれて。良くなったが、その後仕事が忙しくなって。それでまた咳が戻って。もしかして気管支炎再発?また病院に行ったら、お盆休みで10日間休診だった。仕方なく別のクリニックに行って、凄い時間を待たされ、でも良かった事に気管支炎の再発ではなかった。また別の薬を出してくれて、それでやっと治った。

以前はバスで渋谷から新宿に行って、途中で熊野神社前の停車があるの気付き、いつかその神社を探索してみようかなと思った。ちょっと前の休日にやっと行けました。




This shrine is part of the Shinjuku Mini Museum (I discovered the sign when I went there).

この神社は新宿ミニ博物館になってるのをサインを見て気付いた。




The first point of interest I came across was the mikoshi gura (portable shrine warehouse).

最初に気になってたのは神輿倉。


















My apologies, but I am not going to translate what the sign says.




Details of an Edo Mikoshi




Information board showing what and where the cultural assets are.




Sign explaining the Juniso Monument. (Kind of hard to explain so I'm not going to translate this either).










Entrance to the shrine / 熊野神社の鳥居



Kumano Jinja / 熊野神社










































Cultural assets found inside the main shrine are the Shichinin Yakusha Zu Ema (large prayer board featuring 7 Kabuki actors) drawn by a couple of up and coming Kabuki actors in 1773 (shown on the right) and the Shiki sanban Hounougaku (I'm not even going to try to explain).



The chouzuba (place to wash your hand before paying your respects at the shrine) / 熊野神社の手水場


Of course there is more to see but I shall continue another time...

もちろん見どころはまだまだありますが、今日はこのへんで。散歩はつづく。。。






2 comments:

Rurousha said...

Did you go there very early in the morning? It looks so quiet!

Tokyo Ern said...

Not that early, around 11am. However, my walks are always taken on a weekday. It was a Thursday. Not very crowded. Didn't get a chance to continue today.