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増上寺Zojoji Temple

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  • Shinagawa / Haneda Area
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Shinagawa / Haneda Area
4-7-35 Shiba Park, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan
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Date of post:2015/09/28

Buddhist temple with Shogun’s mausoleum and Jizo statues

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Near Tokyo Tower you will find a big temple with a large main hall and is the chief temple of the Zodo Buddhist sect.

Inside the main hall rebuilt in 1974, you will see Amida Nyorai Buddha statue(built in 15th century) having magnificent beauty with golden color.

This temple has Tokugawa Shogunate graveyards. Shoguns and his wives sleep in this area. Normally the gate to their graveyards is closed but sometimes during a year, open to public, then you exactly can see shogun burial places!

What make this temple very unique from others are JIZO statues. In temple precinct, there are hundreds of stone Jizo statues. Jizo is one of bodhisattvas in Buddhism, believed long time that Jizo will secure people from hardship with mercy mind and protect villages, travelers and children.

Zojo-ji focuses on jizo for children. If you miscarry or lose baby soon after birth, you go to jizo statue and pray for its soul, making sure they live peacefully in heaven.

Jizos wear hand-made red bibs and hats, having pinwheel behind.

People treat these jizos as your baby and take care of them, sometimes offer sweets, drinks and flowers.

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Date of post:2015/04/23

Shogun's Family Temple with pretty Jizo statues

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Zojoji Temple is a family temple of Tokugawa Shogun Family. It is located in the southwest direction from Edo Castle (now, Imperial Palace) to stop the evil spirit flowing into the city according to the “feng shui” thought.

The big entrance gate is called Sanmon. If you go through this gate, it is believed that you will get out of three disturbing emotions (desire, anger and ignorance). Going through the gate, you will see the big main hall above the steps. On the right hand side of the main hall, there are thousands of Jizo statues. Jizo is a guardian of the dead babies or fetus. Their parents offer Jizo statues asking to bring them to the heaven. Jizo wears red bib and having pinwheel which are the symbols of baby. Thousands of them with colorful bibs and pinwheels, it is a magnificent view.

There are graves of 6 Shoguns (out of 15 Shoguns) in the back of the temple. Once in a while, they are open to the public. The graveyard has very solemn atmosphere with big tombstones.

If you want to take an interesting photo with old and modern Tokyo, you can take it from the main gate. You can include Tokyo Tower in the back of the main hall of the temple.

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