Image search results - "ward"
001-9923-31.jpg
Haneda to Tokushima
002-9923-32.jpg
Hi Philbert! Welcome aboard!
010-IMG_0663.jpg
Entrance to Gokokuji Temple, Niomon Gate. It's right next to Gokokuji Station on the Yurakucho subway line. 仁王門
010-IMG_1082.jpg
Entrance to Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Gardens, a real oasis in an urban jungle. Another waterfront garden with classic Japanese-style elements with a pond, pine trees, rocks, and stone lanterns.
010-IMG_1472.jpg
The 25th Asakusa Yabusame horseback archery was held on April 21, 2007 at Sumida Park.
010-IMG_6028.jpg
Sando worship path to Taishakuten temple. Shibamata is in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward bordered by the Arakawa River in the west and by the Edogawa River in the east.
010-IMG_6323.jpg
"Watakushi, umare mo sodachi mo Katsushika, Shibamata desu..." (I was born and raised in Shibamata, Katsushika Ward) If this opening line sounds familiar, you must be one of the many ardent fans of Tora-san movies.
010-IMG_6388.jpg
Belonging to the Shingon Sect's Buzan school, this is one of Tokyo's major temples. The real name is Sojiji (總持寺), but everyone calls it Nishi-Arai Daishi.The temple grounds feature many flowering trees and plants including an unusual species of cherry blossoms which bloom in winter. Daishi-mae Station. Much larger station than I expected. Probably for the New Year's crowds. 大師前駅
010-IMG_9637.jpg
JR Ryogoku Station platform for the Sobu Line.
011-IMG_0670.jpg
After you pass through the Niomon Gate, this is what you see.1 comments
011-IMG_1085.jpg
Kyu-Shiba-rikyu was first built in the 17th century and used as the residence of a number of nobles. Purchased from the Arisugawa family in 1875 by the Imperial Household Agency which made it the Shiba Detached Palace.
011-IMG_1477.jpg
Parallel to Sumida River, the archery course is straight and narrow, stretching from the Tobu Line bridge to Kototoi Bridge.
011-IMG_6019.jpg
The Tora-san "Otoko wa Tsurai Yo" (It's Tough Being a Man) movie series was played by the late Atsumi Kiyoshi. Tora-san is Japan's most lovable drifter and lovelorn on the silver screen. Forty-eight movies in this series were produced from 1969 to 1995. Katsushika-ku is where the Tora-san Museum is.
011-IMG_6032.jpg
011-IMG_6392.jpg
Daishi-mae Station 大師前駅. Nishi-Arai Daishi Temple was said have been founded by Priest Kobo Daishi in 826. One of the Kanto Region's Big Three Daishi Temples.
011-IMG_9373.jpg
Kokugikan sumo stadium as seen from Ryogoku Station. More Kokugikan photos here.
012-IMG_0673.jpg
Well
012-IMG_1192.jpg
Bird's eye view of Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Gardens as seen from Hamamatsu World Trade Center
012-IMG_1478.jpg
The course has three targets which the archers will shoot arrows at.
012-IMG_6021.jpg
Statue of Tora-san in front of Shibamata Station. Posed like he's going to the station for another faraway trip...
012-IMG_6035.jpg
Sando worship path to Taishakuten temple
012-IMG_6400.jpg
The main path to the temple is lined with the usual shops, but it is not aligned with the train station. The path from the train station takes a different route.
012-IMG_8870.jpg
JR Ryogoku Station 両国駅
013-IMG_0852.jpg
Well
013-IMG_1084.jpg
The buildings were destroyed in the Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the property was donated to Tokyo in 1924 to commemorate the start of Emperor Showa's reign.
013-IMG_1476.jpg
Raised dirt along the archery course.
013-IMG_5882.jpg
JR Ryogoku Station. This part of the station building is now a beer hall. The train station entrance has moved to the right of this.
013-IMG_6014.jpg
This is a pose when Tora-san goes to the Shibamata Station and he looks back to his sister Sakura who calls him.
013-IMG_6040.jpg
The path is lined with shops.
013-IMG_6401.jpg
Main path to temple
014-9339MAY23.jpg
Old entrance to Ryogoku Station with a high ceiling and giant portraits of sumo wrestlers.
014-IMG_0669.jpg
Map of temple grounds. Belonging to the Buzan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism, Gokokuji temple was built by the mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1682.
014-IMG_1088.jpg
014-IMG_1482.jpg
First, the horses, archers, and attendants parade along the entire course.
014-IMG_6015.jpg
The first Tora-san movie came out in 1969 and over 40 more installments have been produced since then. It is entered in the Guiness Book of World Records as being the movie series with the most sequels.
014-IMG_6073.jpg
Tora-ya
014-IMG_6406.jpg
Sanmon Gate, the main gate. 山門
014f-20150203_1751.jpg
He will soon be accompanied by a statue of his sister Sakura.
015-IMG_0675.jpg
Steps going up to an inner gate called Furomon 不老門
015-IMG_1089.jpg
Pine trees and pond
015-IMG_1490.jpg
Wooden targets
015-IMG_6010.jpg
Shibamata Station is on Keisei Kanamachi Line which runs between Kanamachi Station on the Japan Railways Joban Line (originating at Ueno Station) and Keisei Takasago Station on the Keisei Main Line coming from Keisei Ueno Station.
015-IMG_6064.jpg
This is the shopping arcade which serves as the setting for the famous Tora-san movie series starring Atsumi Kiyoshi.
015-IMG_6408.jpg
Sanmon Gate
015-IMG_8780.jpg
Present entrance to Ryogoku Station (during spring festival).
015c-20150203_1665.jpg
Shibamata Station platform
016-IMG_0677.jpg
Furomon Gate (Ageless Gate) 不老門
016-IMG_1090.jpg
016-IMG_1492.jpg
Archer
016-IMG_6008.jpg
Shibamata Station platform
016-IMG_6044.jpg
When you get to Shibamata, don't expect the quiet shitamachi charm depicted in the Tora-san movies. Expect a lot of tourists instead, especially on weekends and holidays.
016-IMG_6420.jpg
Food stalls lead you to the main worship hall.
016-IMG_8865.jpg
Ryogoku Station exit. Only one sumo portait hangs here.
017-IMG_0678.jpg
View from Furomon Gate
017-IMG_1092.jpg
017-IMG_1499.jpg
Yabusame archer
017-IMG_5884.jpg
Map of Ryogoku. The Kokugikan sumo arena is north of the station, as well as the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
017-IMG_6009.jpg
Shibamata Station
017-IMG_6077.jpg
Fame has brought prosperity to the shops which line the mall leading to the Shibamata Taishakuten Temple. This shop, called Kameya Honpo, apparently served as the model for the Tora-ya dumpling shop.
017-IMG_6425.jpg
Dai-Hondo Hall, Nishi-Arai Daishi, Tokyo 大本堂According to legend, when prayers were offered to save villagers from an epidemic, pure water gushed out of a hitherto dried-up well and got rid of the plague. Since the well was on the west side of the temple hall, this area came to be called "Nishi-Arai" (New Well in the West). The temple is famous for warding off fire and misfortune.
017d-20150203_1743.jpg
017e-20150203_1744.jpg
017f-20150203_1748.jpg
Shop called Toraya.
017g-20150203_1745.jpg
This shop was used in the early Tora-san films.
017h-20150203_1741.jpg
Daruma dolls
018-IMG_0679.jpg
018-IMG_1095.jpg
018-IMG_1505.jpg
018-IMG_6024.jpg
There are plans to build a statue of Sakura, Tora-san's sister, near this statue at Shibamata Station
018-IMG_6047.jpg
The shop sells kusa dango (mugwort dumplings with real grass inside), the local specialty. Photo: Nitenmon Gate in view
018-IMG_6552.jpg
Incense burner
019-IMG_0689.jpg
019-IMG_1098.jpg
019-IMG_1507.jpg
019-IMG_6224.jpg
Toward the end of the shop-lined mall, you will see this Nitenmon Gate of the Shibamata Taishakuten Temple, formally known as Daikyoji. 二天門
019-IMG_6267.jpg
The plot is basically the same for each installment: middle-aged Kuruma Torajiro^ (Tora-san) meets pretty woman (the movie's leading lady whom the Japanese call the "madonna"), has a good time with her and falls in love. Photo: Tora-san Mus
019-IMG_6555.jpg
Lantern
020-20100404_7240.jpg
Main entrance to Aoyama Cemetery during cherry blossom season in early April. Gaienmae Station (Ginza/Hanzomon Line) and Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda Line) are the closest subway stations.
020-IMG_0690.jpg
020-IMG_1099.jpg
020-IMG_1303.jpg
Welcome to Akihabara! (Or Akiba for short.) Japan and Tokyo's largest cluster of electronics shops.
020-IMG_1531.jpg
020-IMG_1631.jpg
Ontakesan Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line which starts at Gotanda Station. 東急池上線御嶽山駅
020-IMG_2322.jpg
Shakujii-Koen Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. 石神井公園駅
020-IMG_2404.jpg
The cherry blossoms lining Sotobori Moat also look stunning from the road, Sotobori-dori in front of Kagurazaka.
020-IMG_2528.jpg
Entrance to Kiyosumi Teien Gardens. Admission 150 yen.
020-IMG_2602.jpg
Cherry blossoms along the Shakujii River, near Shin-Itabashi Station on the Mita subway line.
020-IMG_2676.jpg
JR Sugamo Station on the Yamanote Line. 巣鴨駅
020-IMG_3371.jpg
JR Gotanda Station, east entrance 五反田駅
020-IMG_6227.jpg
Wood carvings on Nitenmon Gate
020-IMG_6326.jpg
He somehow always loses her much to the dismay of his married sister Sakura (played by Baisho Chieko) and adoptive uncle and aunt who run a small kusa dango (mugwort dumpling) shop in Shibamata.Photo: Tora-san Museum 寅さん記念館
020-IMG_6466.jpg
Dai-Hondo Hall 大本堂
020-IMG_9567.jpg
Map of Asukayama Park. Near Oji Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line, a slender park noted for cherry blossoms.
021-IMG_0698.jpg
Buddha statue with Tahoto Pagoda in background
021-IMG_1097.jpg
Koi carp fish
021-IMG_1532.jpg
Deer skin
021-IMG_1679.jpg
Path to Ontake Jinja.
021-IMG_2323.jpg
Road to Shakujii Park.
021-IMG_2409.jpg
People in a long line waiting to enter Canal Cafe to either dine or rent a rowboat.
021-IMG_2559.jpg
This garden is very green. Even the pond is deep green.
021-IMG_2601.jpg
There are cherries on both sides of the river and a walking path on both sides.
021-IMG_2679.jpg
In front of JR Sugamo Station
021-IMG_3362.jpg
Aoyama Cemetery office near the main entrance where you can obtain a map of the cemetery and ask where particular people are buried. The maps they provide do not show where the most famous people are (such as prime ministers).
021-IMG_3370.jpg
021-IMG_6080.jpg
This temple serves as a recurrent backdrop in the Tora-san series. The temple's priest is played by the humorous Ryu Chishu who actually came from a family of Buddhist priests. Photo: Bell tower
021-IMG_6261.jpg
He is a drifter who travels extensively all over Japan and works as street vendor/hawker selling little trinkets and what not. Photo: The stripe pattern of the walls is the same as Tora-san's coat.
021-IMG_6462.jpg
Altar inside Dai-Hondo Hall 大本堂
021-IMG_7038.jpg
JR Akihabara Station
021-IMG_9570.jpg
Vinyl tarps reserve picnic areas for flower-viewing parties at night.
022-20100404_7249.jpg
Main thoroughfare, lined with cherry trees, cuts through the middle of the cemetery where cars whiz by. Quite irritating.
022-IMG_0681.jpg
Kannon-do main worship hall 観音堂(本堂)
022-IMG_1105.jpg
Bracing a pine tree for winter snow.
022-IMG_1291.jpg
Always a crowd in front of JR Akihabara Station
022-IMG_1523.jpg
Setting up the wooden target.
022-IMG_1680.jpg
Ontake Jinja 御嶽神社
022-IMG_2397.jpg
One end of Shakujii Park.
022-IMG_2416.jpg
Canal Cafe is right below the cherries. But notice empty tables despite the long line.
022-IMG_2534.jpg
Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of the Mitsubishi Zaibatsu, acquired the estate in 1878 and developed the garden with a pond and famous stones brought from all over Japan.
022-IMG_2673.jpg
Entrance to one walking path with a poem monument.
022-IMG_2677.jpg
Main road in front of JR Sugamo Station
022-IMG_3374.jpg
JR Gotanda Station, east entrance 五反田駅
022-IMG_6231.jpg
The Nitenmon Gate was completed in 1896 and features wooden statues of Zocho and Komoku, two of the four Devas which guard the four cardinal directions from demons.
022-IMG_6260.jpg
He returns home to Shibamata every once in a while, usually at a most inopportune time for the family, and eventually leaves in disgrace after a family argument or lost love. Photo: Map of Japan marking all the prefectures where Tora-san was filmed.
022-IMG_6470.jpg
View from Dai-Hondo Hall
022-IMG_9571.jpg
023-20100404_7269.jpg
Cherry blossom tunnel at Aoyama Cemetery.
023-IMG_0720.jpg
Kannon-do main worship hall 観音堂(本堂)
023-IMG_1108.jpg
023-IMG_1494.jpg
Here's one reason for the crowd...
023-IMG_1540.jpg
Bull's eye. This is the third and last target along the course. It is quite difficult to hit all three targets, especially the last one.
023-IMG_1684.jpg
Ontake Jinja, main hall on right.
023-IMG_2398.jpg
Shakujii Pond 石神井池
023-IMG_2420.jpg
Empty rowboats too.
023-IMG_2542.jpg
Many matsu pine trees and many stones.
023-IMG_2604.jpg
023-IMG_2687.jpg
Cherry blossoms near JR Sugamo Station
023-IMG_3357.jpg
JR Gotanda Station as seen from Keihin Kyuko Gotanda Station.
023-IMG_6081.jpg
Founded in 1629 by a priest named Nitchu and his disciple Nichiei, the temple belongs to the Nichiren sect of Buddhism.
023-IMG_6264.jpg
It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why the series is so popular and enduring. It's probably a combination of several elements. Photo: Summary of all movie installments
023-IMG_6439.jpg
Winter-flowering cherry blossoms
023-IMG_9572.jpg
Hanami
023a-20100404_7273.jpg
023b-20100404_7251.jpg
Aoyama Cemetery is one of Tokyo's noted spots for cherry blossoms. However, having hanami picnics is not allowed.
023c-20100404_7254.jpg
Cherry blossoms are so fleeting. They last for only a short time, like life itself. And so cherry blossoms are often found at cemetaries in Japan.
023d-20100404_7256.jpg
023e-20100404_7260.jpg
These trees stood out.
023f-20100404_7261.jpg
023g-20100404_7263.jpg
023h-20100404_7266.jpg
Cherry blossoms and graves.
024-87APR5.jpg
Cherry trees along the Sotobori Moat. Formerly a moat of Edo Castle, this canal stretching from Iidabashi Station to Ichigaya Station along the Chuo Line.
024-IMG_0685.jpg
Daibutsu Buddha statue
024-IMG_1111.jpg
024-IMG_1502.jpg
And another one. Young pretty/cute girls in costume pass out flyers, but end up being street models for amateur photographers who have no girlfriends to shoot.
024-IMG_1543.jpg
The horseback archer raises his bow and arrow high in the air as he nears the target.
024-IMG_1690.jpg
Behind Ontake Shrine's main hall is a wall of sculpture.
024-IMG_2387.jpg
Swan boats on Shakujii Pond. 石神井公園
024-IMG_2608.jpg
024-IMG_2684.jpg
Stepping stones, called Isowatari, are another major feature of the garden.
024-IMG_2690.jpg
024-IMG_3361.jpg
JR Gotanda Station, east side
024-IMG_3419.jpg
Aoyama Cemetery map. Quite complicated system to find grave plots.
024-IMG_6082.jpg
The present Naiden (Inner Sanctuary) was completed in 1915. Keyaki (zelkova) was used for all the wood in the building. The present Haiden (Worship Hall) was completed in 1929. Photo: Taishaku-do Hall 帝釈堂
024-IMG_6259.jpg
The hilarious humor of the characters, the heartwarming scenes, the shitamachi charm of Shibamata, the beautiful scenery and quaintness of the places Tora-san visits, the guest stars. Map of Japan marking all the prefectures where Tora-san was filmed.
024-IMG_6509.jpg
Winter-flowering cherry blossoms and Dai-Hondo Hall
024-IMG_9600.jpg
Flower-viewing parties can in the daytime or nighttime
025-IMG_0684.jpg
Daibutsu Buddha statue
025-IMG_1114.jpg
Yukimi Stone Lantern
025-IMG_1501.jpg
They are happy to pose...
025-IMG_1544.jpg
025-IMG_1695.jpg
Closeup of rear wall sculpture.
025-IMG_2385.jpg
025-IMG_2427.jpg
025-IMG_2609.jpg
Cherry tree shadow
025-IMG_2688.jpg
Stepping stones, called Isowatari. 磯渡り
025-IMG_3362.jpg
JR Gotanda Station, east side
025-IMG_3389.jpg
Signs tell you where you are. Quite bewildering mapping system.
025-IMG_6189.jpg
Taishakuten is the god Indra from Brahmanism, a Hindu religion. Being the god of rain and thunder, Indra was a powerful warrior god that was adopted by Buddhism as a protector. Photo: Glass wall protecting the exterior of Taishaku-do Hall.
025-IMG_6265.jpg
Atsumi Kiyoshi who seems to have been born to play Tora-san. (Atsumi never seemed to age even after over 20 years in the role. Tora-san's carefree, happy-go-lucky lifestyle also appeals to many. Photo: Sculpture of Tora-san's famous hat and bag.
025-IMG_6442.jpg
025-IMG_9603.jpg
Great day for flower-viewing
026-9213-34.jpg
Isowatari. 磯渡り
026-IMG_0705.jpg
Tahoto Pagoda at Gokokuji temple in Bunkyo, Tokyo. Built in 1938 modeled after the original Tahoto Pagoda at Ishiyama-dera temple in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. 多宝塔
026-IMG_1116.jpg
026-IMG_1382.jpg
The maid costume is all the rage in Japan, for several years now.
026-IMG_1558.jpg
Arrow in mid-air. Asakusa Yabusame.
026-IMG_1688.jpg
Wedded Pine Trees
026-IMG_2379.jpg
026-IMG_2433.jpg
026-IMG_2613.jpg
River wall
026-IMG_3368.jpg
JR Gotanda Station, east side
026-IMG_3426.jpg
Aoyama Cemetery has over 123,000 graves occupying 125,000 square meters within the cemetery land area of 263,564 sq. meters.
026-IMG_6104.jpg
It was believed that Indra would step in and chase away the demons causing calamities to the followers of Buddhism. Photo: Wood Carving Gallery (admission charged)
026-IMG_6266.jpg
Sculpture of Tora-san's famous hat and bag
026-IMG_6494.jpg
Winter-flowering cherry blossoms, Nishi-Arai Daishi, Tokyo 寒桜
026-IMG_9579.jpg
027-IMG_0709.jpg
The original Tahoto Pagoda in Otsu is more aesthetic (and a National Treasure).
027-IMG_1119.jpg
027-IMG_1379.jpg
Santa suit appears in Dec.
027-IMG_1559.jpg
Dead on!
027-IMG_1672.jpg
Another nearby shrine is Tenso Jinja, a 5-min. walk from Ontakesan Station. This is the schedule for their annual Negi-no-Mai Dance held on April 21.
027-IMG_2383.jpg
Shakujii Pond 石神井池
027-IMG_2436.jpg
Rowboats and low-hanging cherries.
027-IMG_2603.jpg
Shakujii River sprinkled with fallen petals.
027-IMG_2698.jpg
Isowatari. 磯渡り
027-IMG_3366.jpg
JR Gotanda Station, east side
027-IMG_3380.jpg
This is the Foreigner's Cemetery where many foreigners who helped to modernize Japan are buried.
027-IMG_6105.jpg
The side and rear exterior walls of the Taishakudo are blanketed with panels of detailed woodcarvings. They are the most outstanding feature of Shibamata Taishakuten Temple.. 彫刻ギャラリー
027-IMG_6268.jpg
Notice the figure on the upper right...
027-IMG_6488.jpg
027-IMG_9580.jpg
028-9320-12.jpg
Azalea bushes and Ryotei teahouse
028-IMG_0712.jpg
028-IMG_1136.jpg
Dry waterfall
028-IMG_1302.jpg
Coming out of Akihabara Station
028-IMG_1564.jpg
The archers return to the starting point.
028-IMG_1673.jpg
Tenso Shrine 天祖神社
028-IMG_2376.jpg
028-IMG_2439.jpg
The end of the moat is also a good viewpoint.
028-IMG_2614.jpg
Pleasant walking path.
028-IMG_3383.jpg
A monument erected in March 2007 by Tokyo Governor Ishihara Shintaro in appreciation of the foreigners who helped build Japan.
028-IMG_3385.jpg
Route 1 in Higashi-Gotanda
028-IMG_6107.jpg
There are ten large carvings (each 2.27 meters by 1.27 meters) depicting scenes from the Lotus Sutra (Hokekyo).
028-IMG_6269.jpg
Entrance to Tora-san Museum where Tora-san is helping to install the museum sign.
028-IMG_6478.jpg
Winter-flowering cherry blossoms 寒桜
028-IMG_9582.jpg
Children's playground
029-9320-10.jpg
029-IMG_0710.jpg
029-IMG_1144.jpg
Stone monuments
029-IMG_1296.jpg
029-IMG_1566.jpg
029-IMG_1674.jpg
Tenso Shrine 天祖神社
029-IMG_2331.jpg
029-IMG_2452.jpg
The end of the moat is also a good viewpoint.
029-IMG_2615.jpg
029-IMG_3365.jpg
JR Gotanda Station, east side
029-IMG_3429.jpg
List of foreigners buried in this Foreigner's Cemetery. Note that there also other foreigners buried in other parts of Aoyama Cemetery.
029-IMG_6109.jpg
The woodcarvings were requested by the temple's 16th priest, Nissai. Through a generous donation from devoted follower Suzuki Genjiro, the project was begun.
029-IMG_6270.jpg
Tora-san is helping to install the museum sign.
029-IMG_6482.jpg
029-IMG_9583.jpg
Little Mermaid
030-9242-31.jpg
Kasai Rinkai Park waterfront
030-9320-17.jpg
Pine branches and azaleas
030-IMG_0550.jpg
Shibuya Station, Hachiko Exit 渋谷駅 ハチ公口
030-IMG_0822.jpg
030-IMG_1294.jpg
Main drag of Akihabara
030-IMG_1571.jpg
030-IMG_1675.jpg
Tenso Shrine altar
030-IMG_1844.jpg
Entrance to Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. It opened as a public garden in 1938. The garden is modeled after Chinese concepts and features.Near Iiidabashi Station and Korakuen Station.
030-IMG_2340.jpg
030-IMG_2462.jpg
How it looks from the end of the moat.
030-IMG_2619.jpg
030-IMG_3363.jpg
JR Gotanda Station and Tokyu, road to Sony HQ
3164 files on 13 page(s) 1