The parks in Tokyo were sometimes the former property of samurai during Edo era when Shogun built a military government during 17th – 19th Century. Higo Hosokawa Garden in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo is one of such parks. “Higo” is current Kumamot Prefecture and Higo or Kumamoto was the property of Hosokawa Family. During Edo Era, samurai leaders had to…
When I visited Korakuen Garden to see the autumn leaves, there was a dance performance. It was sato-kagura dance, a religious dance dedicated to Shinto God. The dance was based on an old story of Samurai‘s going to a mountain to admire autumn leaves.
The weather was good today and I saw autumn sky in the morning. So I decided to visit Koishikawa Botanical Gardens.
November is a season for chrysanthemum, the flower Japanese people like from the ancient times. Therefore, we have chrysanthemum festivals here and there. Yushima Tenjin Shrine which is a sacred place to pray for your success in academics also has Chrysanthemum Festival at this time of the year.
It’s time to enjoy autumn flowers and leaves. The weather is comfortable for walking and biking. So off to Koishikawa Botanical Gardens!
This year’s Autumn Equinox Day was September 23rd. In Japan, we call it as O-Higan and it is believed that if we pray for the Buddha on this day, we can go to the paradise. Higan means the shore across the river and the river is something divide the world of life and death. Today’s title…
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.