Visiting Chrysanthemum Festival

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.

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.