Admiring Peony in Ueno

Ueno is an area which has many temples and shrines some of which are registered as Important Cultural Assets of Japan or Tokyo.  But it is not only temples and shrines that worth visiting.  You can also enjoy nature in those temples or shrines.  Toshogu Shrine for example is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu…

Looking Around Snowy Tokyo

Tokyo is definately not the snowy place.  But it snows once or twice in a year and today was the day.  It started snowing in the morning and it is still snowing now at 10 pm.  It seems it snows as much as 20 cm so far.

Visiting Seven Lucky Gods

In Japan, we have a custom to visit temples of Lucky Gods as a New Year celebration.  “Lucky Gods” consist of seven Buddhas – three from China, three from India and one from Japan.  And these seven temples exist everywhere in Japan so in each region, locals visit their own seven temples.  When visiting these…