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増上寺 Zojoji Temple

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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 it 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 the 15th century) of a magnificent beauty with golden color.

This temple has Tokugawa Shogunate graveyards. The shoguns (military dictators) and their wives rest in this area. Normally the gate to their graveyards is closed but it sometimes opens to the public, then you can see exactly the shogun burial places!

What makes this temple very unique are the Jizo statues. In the temple precinct, there are hundreds of Jizo statues made of stone. Jizo is one of the bodhisattvas in Buddhism, it was believed for a long time that Jizo will protect people from hardships with a mercy mind and protect villages, travelers and children.

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

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

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

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 the Tokugawa Shogun family. It is located in the southwest direction from Edo castle (now, the Imperial Palace) to stop the evil spirit flowing into the city according to the feng shui way of thinking.

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 bring offers to Jizo statues asking to bring them to heaven. Jizo wears a red bib and has pinwheel which are the symbols of baby. There are 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 a 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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