Last additions - Zojoji Temple, Tokugawa Shogun Graves, Shiba Park 増上寺・徳川将軍家墓所・節分・芝公園
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Monument on Maruyama TumulusMar 18, 2016
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Maruyama Tumulus is a cherry blossom spot in spring.Mar 18, 2016
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Tokyo Tower and cherry blossoms in Shiba Park.Mar 18, 2016
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Tokyo Tower and weeping cherry blossoms in Shiba Park.Mar 18, 2016
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Tokyo Tower from Shiba Park.Mar 18, 2016
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Tokyo Tower from Shiba Park.Mar 18, 2016
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Adjacent to Zojoji Temple, Shiba Park has cherry blossoms, views of Tokyo Tower, Toshogu Shrine and the Maruyama Tumulus. 芝公園Mar 18, 2016
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Shiba Park has fine views of Tokyo Tower.Mar 18, 2016
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Somon Gate, the front gate of the Taitoku-in mausoleum (lost in World War II air raids) for Tokugawa Hidetada. 台徳院霊廟惣門Mar 18, 2016
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Toshogu Shrine in Shiba Park.Mar 18, 2016
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Way to Toshogu Shrine in Shiba Park.Mar 18, 2016
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Toshogu Shrine toriiMar 18, 2016
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Next to Zojoji is Shiba Park where there is Toshogu Shrine that used to be part of Zojoji.Mar 18, 2016
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Side viewMar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa IeyoshiMar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyoshi 十二代家慶 【慎徳院殿(しんとくいんでん)】Mar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa IeshigeMar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ieshige 九代家重 【惇信院殿(じゅんしんいんでん)】Mar 18, 2016
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Side view of Ieshige and Ieyoshi tombs.Mar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa IetsuguMar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ietsugu 七代家継 【有章院殿(ゆうしょういんでん)】Mar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa IetsuguMar 18, 2016
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Three more Tokugawa tombs.Mar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa HidetadaMar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Ogo, Hidetada's beloved wife.Mar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada and wife Go (Ogo). The left sign indicates "Ogo" and right sign says, "Hidetada."Mar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada and wife Go (Ogo). 二代秀忠【台徳院殿(たいとくいんでん)】お江Mar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ienobu 六代家宣【文昭院殿(ぶんしょういんでん)】Mar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa IemochiMar 18, 2016
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Grave of Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi 十四代家茂【昭徳院殿(しょうとくいんでん)】Mar 18, 2016
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Tomb of Imperial Princess KazunomiyaMar 18, 2016
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Grave of Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (wife of Shogun Iemochi) who wanted to be next to her husband. 静寛院和宮Mar 18, 2016
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Here are photos of all the tombs going around the site in a clockwise direction. First is Goshi or a joint tomb. 合祀(ごうし)塔Entombed here are the wives and children of Tokugawa shoguns, including: 1. Tokugawa Tsunashige, a son of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, 2. Keishōin, a concubine of Iemitsu and mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, 3. Kodaiin, the wife of Shogun Tokugawa Ienari, 4. Gekkoin, a concubine of Tokugawa Ienobu and mother of Shogun Tokugawa Ietsugu.Mar 18, 2016
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Layout of Zojoji in the Meiji Period.Mar 18, 2016
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Photos of the old and magnificent Mausoleum, similar to the one in Nikko.Mar 18, 2016
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A total of 38 people are buried here. Mar 18, 2016
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Opposite end of the Tokugawa Shogun grave site. They used to have much more elaborate Mausoleum, but it was destroyed in World War II.The Mausoleum has the tombs of 2nd shogun Hidetada, 6th shogun Ienobu, 7th shogun Ietsugu, 9th shogun Ieshige, 12th shogun Ieyoshi, and 14th shogun Iemochi, Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (wife of Shogun Iemochi), and wives and children of shoguns.Mar 18, 2016
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増上寺は、上野の寛永寺(霊廟非公開)と共に徳川家の菩提寺で、当山に埋葬されているのは、2代秀忠、5代将軍兄弟の綱重、6代家宣、7代家継、9代家重、12代家慶、14代家茂の6人の将軍の他、女性では将軍正室として2代秀忠夫人崇源院、6代家宣夫人天英院、11代家斉夫人広大院、13代家定夫人天親院、14代家茂夫人静寛院の5人、将軍の側室としては3代家光の桂昌院、6代家宣の月光院など5人、その他、将軍の子女を含む計38人であります。Mar 18, 2016
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The Tokugawa Shogun graves at Zojoji temple is a rectangular site enclosed by a wall and lined with cherry blossoms with Tokyo Tower in the background.Mar 18, 2016
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This is the public entrance to the Tokugawa Shogun graves at Zojoji temple. Admission is 500 yen.Mar 18, 2016
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Tokugawa family crest on the door.Mar 18, 2016
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This is the main entrance to the Tokugawa Shogun graves, but it is closed to the public. We entered through a smaller door.Mar 18, 2016
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Jizo statues on the way to the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns.Mar 18, 2016
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From April 2015, Zojoji temple started allowing the public to view the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns.Mar 18, 2016
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Nice cherry blossoms at Zojoji temple with Tokyo Tower in the background.Mar 18, 2016
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Columbarium built in 1933. One of the few structures that was not destroyed during World War II. 大納骨堂(舎利殿)Mar 18, 2016
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Inside the new Ankokuden.Mar 18, 2016
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Next to the Daiden is this Ankokuden hall that was rebuilt in 2010. 安国殿Enshrined is the Black Image of Amida Buddha, which was worshiped by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. This image is said to have repeatedly saved Ieyasu from dangers and enabled him to win battles. Since the Edo Period, it has been revered as a Buddhist image bringing victory and warding off evil.Mar 18, 2016
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View from the Daiden, looking toward the Sangedatsu-mon Gate.Mar 18, 2016
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About the Daiden (Hondo) main hall Mar 18, 2016
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Zojoji, Daiden (Hondo) main hall was rebuilt in 1974.Mar 18, 2016
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Zojoji temple's Daiden (Hondo) main hall ahead.Mar 18, 2016
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Visited in late March 2015 during cherry blossom season.Mar 18, 2016
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A few priests walked past.Mar 18, 2016
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About the Daibonsho temple bellMar 18, 2016
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About the Sangedatsu-mon Gate.Mar 18, 2016
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Daibonsho temple bellMar 18, 2016
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Top of Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳Apr 15, 2014
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Top of Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳Apr 15, 2014
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Top of Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳Apr 15, 2014
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Top of Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳Apr 15, 2014
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Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳Apr 15, 2014
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Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳Apr 15, 2014
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Toshogu ShrineApr 15, 2014
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Toshogu Shrine 東照宮Apr 15, 2014
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Hand towel which fell onto my chest while I was not watching.Feb 19, 2006
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Bagged a bag of beans, to ward off bad luck and welcome good luck this year.Feb 19, 2006
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My mochi catch: For good fortune this year.Feb 19, 2006
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Somon Gate 惣門Feb 19, 2006
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Somon Gate 惣門Feb 19, 2006
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Kyozo 経蔵Storehouse for sutra texts. Originally built in 1613 with the financial aid of Tokugawa Ieyasu and renovated and relocated here in 1800. It has an octagonal-shaped with revolving bookshelves in the center.Feb 19, 2006
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Jiunkaku 慈雲閣Feb 19, 2006
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Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns 徳川将軍家墓所After Tokugawa Ieyasu started to rule the Kanto region, he designated Zojoji as the family temple of the Tokugawa clan. The Mausoleum has the tombs of six Tokugawa Shoguns (the 2nd shogun Hidetada, 6th shogun Ienobu, 7th shogun Ietsugu, 9th shogun Ieshige, 12th shogun Ieyoshi, and 14th shogun Iemochi), Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (wife of Shogun Iemochi), and wives and children of shoguns. A total of 38 people are buried here.Feb 19, 2006
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Entrance to Jizo statuesFeb 19, 2006
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Jizo statuesFeb 19, 2006
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Somon Gate 惣門Feb 19, 2006
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Tomb in the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns before it was open for public viewing.Feb 19, 2006
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Inside the old Ankokuden 安国殿Feb 19, 2006
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Inside old Ankokuden. A picture of Yokozuna Taiho from the 1960s. I wonder why they had it there. 安国殿Feb 19, 2006
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Inside the old Ankokuden 安国殿Feb 19, 2006
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Inside old Ankokuden 安国殿Feb 19, 2006
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Security detail. There was a good number of policemen and security people, mainly to discourage pickpockets. Feb 19, 2006
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Main hallFeb 19, 2006
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The old Ankokuden 安国殿Feb 19, 2006
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Should I pick it up from the ground?Feb 19, 2006
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Missed bean bags on groundFeb 19, 2006
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OoohhhFeb 19, 2006
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All handsFeb 19, 2006
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Priest and Fukuhara Ai (table tennis player)Feb 19, 2006
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Tamao-chan, Ai-chan, and TochiazumaNakamura Tamao (actress), Fukuhara Ai (table tennis player) and Ozeki Tochiazuma (sumo wrestler)Feb 19, 2006
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People pushing and shoving. Pretty dangerous...Feb 19, 2006
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Tamao-chan, Ai-chan, and TochiazumaFeb 19, 2006
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Actress Nakamura Tamao ("Tamao-chan") and TV personality Françoise Moréchand.Here's a Japanese list of the celebrities who threw beans this day:

フランソワ・モレシャン(タレント)、中島 ゆたか(タレント)、川原 多美子(モデル)、秋本 裕希(モデル)、山内 麻美(モデル)、玉川 スミ(落語家)、池田 綾子(歌手)、三笑亭 可楽(落語家)、春風亭 小柳枝(落語家)、三笑亭 夢太朗(落語家)、桂 米助(落語家)、柳亭 楽輔(落語家)、春風亭 鯉昇(落語家)、翁屋 喜楽(落語家)、鏡味 健二郎(太神楽)、神田 ひまわり(講談)、金原亭 伯楽(落語家)、吉原 朝馬(落語家)、金原亭 馬生(落語家)、金原亭 世之介(落語家)、初音家 左橋(落語家)、金原亭 小駒(落語家)、市山 松扇(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 松翁(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 松之助(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 扇之助(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 竹紫郎(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 竹松(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 翔(歌舞伎舞踊)
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Setsubun bean throwing at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo with Tamao-chan, Ai-chan, and TochiazumaAi-chan was really cute and seemed to be having a great time throwing the beans. Nakamura Tamao (actress), Fukuhara Ai (table tennis player) and Ozeki Tochiazuma (sumo wrestler)Feb 19, 2006
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People on the right wait for the main event...Feb 19, 2006
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12:30 pm: Celebrity bean throwers 豆まきHeaded by Nakamura Tamao (actress), Fukuhara Ai (table tennis player) and Ozeki Tochiazuma (sumo wrestler), a large number of famous people did the honors.

Here's a Japanese list of the celebrities who threw beans this day:

栃東 関(角界)、福原 愛(女子卓球)、渡部 絵美(元フィギュアスケート選手)、大塚 文雄(民謡歌手)、川野 太郎(俳優)、大谷 晋二郎(プロレスラー)、佐藤 耕平(プロレスラー)、日高 郁人(プロレスラー)、藤田 ミノル(プロレスラー)、大至 伸行(歌手)、水谷 八重子(女優)、川田 公子(みやらび太鼓)、すずき 円香(歌手)、桂 小金治(落語家)、パンツェッタ・ジローラモ(タレント)、武田 幸三(キックボクサー)、わたせ せいぞう(漫画家)、山野愛子ジェーン(山野学苑校長)、中村 玉緒(女優)、岡田 茉莉子(女優)、松旭斉 八重子(マジシャン)、中野 俊彦(松旭斉さん共演)、
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12:15 am: Devil out! Fortune come in! Kindergarten kids throw beans at an orge to drive out evil and bring in good fortune. 鬼問答Feb 19, 2006
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People on the left wait for the main event...Feb 19, 2006
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Bean throwing 節分追儺式First they had people born in the year of the dog throwing small bags of soybeans. They also had one person in a candybox outfit to advertise one of the sponsors who supplied some of the treats they threw to us. Zojoji threw not only beans, but all kinds of little things like tissue paper, towels, toys, potato chips, and candy.Feb 19, 2006
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People behind wait for the main event...Feb 19, 2006
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Catch of the day...Feb 19, 2006
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Their year in 2006.Feb 19, 2006
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11:45 am: Mochi pounding 餅つきFeb 19, 2006
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Mochi throwingFeb 19, 2006
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Zojoji Head priestFeb 19, 2006
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Children from the neighboring kindergarten.Feb 19, 2006
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People born in the year of the dog.Feb 19, 2006
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Children from the neighboring kindergarten.Feb 19, 2006
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Children from the neighboring kindergarten.Feb 19, 2006
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Lastly is the ryuteki flute-like gagaku instrument. It makes a long, whining sound. 龍笛Feb 19, 2006
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Closeup of the gagaku instrument "sho." 笙Gagaku music is commonly associated with the Shinto religion. However, this Buddhist temple has been playing gagaku since long ago. The sho is a wind instrument making that long, drawling, ghostly haunting sound.Feb 19, 2006
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Two men playing a gagaku instrument called "sho." 笙Gagaku music is commonly associated with the Shinto religion. However, this Buddhist temple has been playing gagaku since long ago.Feb 19, 2006
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Next is the hichiriki, another gagaku instrument. The hichiriki makes a prolonged duck-call sound. 篳篥Feb 19, 2006
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On Feb. 3, 2006, went to see Setsubun bean throwing at Zojoji. Daiden (Hondo) main hall as we wait for the beansI was at the front and center. A good place to catch beans, but not very good for picture taking.

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Ever since 1958 when Tokyo Tower was built, you could not photograph Zojoji without the tower.Feb 19, 2006
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11:45 am: Procession お練りA long procession of priests, children, and people born in the year of the dog (2006 was the year of the dog) were in the parade.

お練り  午前11時45分〜  開山堂〜三門〜安国殿
餅つき  午後11時55分〜  於:特設舞台
祈 願  午後12時05分〜  於:安国殿
鬼問答  午後12時15分〜  於:特設舞台
豆まき  午後12時30分〜  於:特設舞台
大〆め  午後12時50分〜  於:特設舞台
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Procession of priests.Feb 19, 2006
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Zojoji, Daiden (Hondo) main hall with bean-throwing stage for Setsubun on Feb. 3. 大殿Daiden (Hondo) is the temple's main worship hall. It was rebuilt in 1974. Enshrined inside is a large main image (honzon) of Amida Buddha (made during the Muromachi Period), with an image of Great Teacher Shan-tao (who perfected China's Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhism) on the right and an image of Honen Shonin (founder of Jodo-shu sect in Japan) on the left. On Feb. 3, the bean-throwing stage was set up in front.Feb 19, 2006
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Koshoden 光摂殿Koshoden is a lecture hall and seminary for “cleansing soul and fostering the vigor to live” as we face the 21st century. The coffered ceiling of the large hall has beautiful paintings of flowering plants, donated by 120 pious Japanese artists.Feb 19, 2006
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Daibonsho temple gongFeb 19, 2006
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Main hall in the distance with Tokyo Tower in the background. If you visit Zojoji, you might as well visit Tokyo Tower as well. Just a short walk from the temple.Feb 19, 2006
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Daibonsho temple gong 鐘楼堂Giant bell with a diameter of 1.76 meters, height of 3.33 meters and a weight of 15 tons. Known as one of the Big Three Bells of the Edo Period. The bell is rung twice a day, in the early morning and in the evening. 鐘楼堂Feb 19, 2006
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After passing through Sangedatsu-mon Gate. Various memorials and monuments are all over the temple grounds.Feb 19, 2006
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Zojoji Temple is the head temple of the Jodo-shu Buddhist sect and best known as the temple of the Tokugawa shoguns. 大門After Tokugawa Ieyasu started to rule the Kanto region, he designated Zojoji as the family temple of the Tokugawa clan. The temple was expanded during the same time Edo Castle was being built.

Zojoji then came to be known as one of Japan's principal Buddhist temples. The temple grounds have many buildings, monuments, and the tombs of six Tokugawa Shoguns, Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (wife of Shogun Iemochi), and wives and children of shoguns.

Zojoji Temple is a short walk from Onarimon Station on the Mita subway line, Daimon Station on the Toei Oedo and Asakusa subway lines, and JR Hamamatsu-cho Station. This photo shows Daimon Gate on the road to the temple.
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Sangedatsu-mon Gate with notices saying that table tennis player Fukuhara Ai and Ozeki Tochiazuma will be bean throwers for Setsubun.This is Feb. 3, 2006. 三門Feb 19, 2006
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Sangedatsu-mon Gate (Sanmon) which is the temple's front gate. 三解脱門(三門)The main gate to enter the temple fronts a busy road. Important Cultural Property. "Sangedatsu" means to be released from the three earthly states of mind: greed, anger and stupidity. Walk through this gate and maybe this might happen to you.Feb 19, 2006
 
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