Gokoku-ji Temple Past and Present

Early this month, I climbed Mt. Fuji in Gokoku-ji Temple in Tokyo.  This temple was built following the request of Keisho-in, the mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1681.  It was one of the most popular temples in Tokyo together with Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa and Eko-in Temple in Ryogoku.  Today, there are many architecture which lasted centuries.

Morning Glory Festival in Denzu-in Temple

Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo holds five flower festivals in a year.  They are the Festivals of Plum Flower, Cherry Blossoms, Azalea, Hydrangea, Morning Glory & Chinese Lantern and Chrysanthemum.  The third weekend of July is the time for Morning Glory & Mouth Cracker Festival.  The venues are Denzu-in Temple for morning glories and Genkaku-ji Temple for…

Walking in Rikugi-en Garden

I thought I already posted about this beautiful Japanese garden so I wrote that it was near from Toyo Bunko Library.  I wanted to link to my post of Rikugi-en but I couldn’t find it because until yesterday, it was non-existent.  So hastily I am making this posting of Rikugi-en Garden.

Matsuchi-yama Shoden Temple

Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa is one of the most popular temple in Tokyo.  But in old days in 17th or 18th century, there was another famous spot especially druing cherry blossoms season – Matsuchi-yama Shoden Temple.  From Senso-ji Temple, you go further towards Sumida River and a little north.  There is a mountain called Matsuchi-yama…