Funny Monuments in Ueno Park

If you visit Shinobazu-no-ike Pond to see lotus flowers, go to Benten-do Shrine and you will find many interesting and funny monuments.  They are monuments of eye glasses, Japanese harp, lute, knives, fish, poultry and many more.


Monument of Eye Glasses

The description says that the glasses curved on the stone were eye glasses of Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first Shogun of Edo Era who opened Edo Government in 1603.


Monument of Kengyo Yatsuhashi

Kengyo Yatsuhashi was a famous Japanese harp player and a composer during 17th Century.  Therefore, there is a Japanese harp in front of this monument.


Monument of Fan

I could not find the reason why there is a monument of fan here.


Monument of Lute

Lute is a music instrument of Sarasvati the Goddess.  “Benten” is a Japanese name of this goddess and Benten-do is a shrine where Benten is worshiped.  That’s why there is a lute in front of Benten-do.


Monument of Thread

I don’t know why there is a monument of thread here.


Monument of Calender

With some reason, calender makers wanted to build a monument of calender.  This monumet is a sundial.


Monument of Basho

Basho Matsuo made a famous haiku poem of Ueno and perhaps that’s why there is this monument here.


Monument of Painting Brush of Aigai Takaku

All I know is Aigai Takaku was a painter during late 18th and early 19th century.


Monument of Poultry

Poultry wholesalers wanted to thank chickens.


Monument of Fish

Fishermen wanted to thank fish.


Monument of Knives

Chefs wanted to thank knives.


Monument of Turtle

There is phylon of a turtle called Suppon which is used in Japanese / Chinese dishes.  This turtle is said to provide energy.  This monument was perhpas built by those who cook turtles.


Monument of Fugu (Blowfish)

Fugu or blowfish is poisonous and there is a special way of cooking it.  In order to cook fugu, you have to obtain a license.  This monument was built by those who have licenses to hold a mass for fugu.


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