Ueno Tōshōgū Temple


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I love Shinto shrines in Japan as they are all about the spirits of nature. Today we will make a small tour into Ueno Tōshōgū temple (上野東照宮), one of the hidden treasures in Ueno Park.

The torii gate in the photo separates the profane world (outside) from the sacred world (inside).

This Shinto shrine enshrines Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first and most famous shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, who ruled Japan between 1603 and 1868. The temple was built in 1627 by Tōdō Takatora and renovated in 1651 by Tokugawa Iemitsu.

Flowers in the shrine.

Several times a year, during a limited time only, you can also visit the shrine's garden.

One of the most special elements from shinto architecture is the path that leads to the main buildings of the shrine. On both sides, you can see multiple lamps.

On the background you can see the pagoda of former Kan'ei-ji shrine.

The architecture of the buildings is completely in tune with nature.

Detail of the water from the fountain, which is used to wash your hands.

In Japanese shrines it is very common to find these wooden cards known as ema (絵馬), where you can write your wish and leave it hanging in the shrine.

There are many flavors of ema, but there are also many ways to write a message.

In the shrine you can buy ema plaques with different designs.

An ema card from a high school student whose desire is simply to pass the exams! 😅

All ema cards are hung here.

Here is the karamon gate (唐門), full of details and carefully built. Behind is the honden.

Of course, during this time of COVID-19, it is advisable to maintain social distance.

Dozens and dozens of lamps.

Omikuji (おみくじ) are small sheets of paper where you can anticipate your fortune. In the picture, omikuji for children.

What will your fortune be for this year?

Although now there are no foreign tourists in Japan, the Japanese themselves love to take pictures of the most beautiful places in their country.

I hope you enjoyed as much as I did making this tour into Ueno Tōshōgū Temple!

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