Winter Flowers in Ueno

I posted abotu Peony Festival in Ueno.  In Toshogu Shrine where the festival is held, there are other flowers, too.  Winter has fewer flowers than other seasons but still there are many that you can enjoy. Advertisements

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…

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…

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…