Hundreds of colorful Jizo figures
I never get tired of visiting the avenues of Jizo figures with their spinning pinwheels.
Zojo-ji Temple is the gigantic, important site of seven
shoguns’ graves, the site of grand public holiday celebrations, and torchlight Noh drama in the summertime, but I go here to visit the Jizo figures. These little guys make me a little melancholy, because they’re for the spirits of lost children, but they are so lovingly clothed and cared for by the families that put them there, they’re cheery as well.
The little shrine for burning incense
Burial place of seven shoguns. It’s only open on special holidays, but around the corner, you can peek over the fence. The temple itself is magnificent, and sells many interesting charms and amulets at the temple shop.
Temple workers waiting to be blessed on Setsubun.
DIRECTIONS & MAP
Ginza, Japan Traditional Craft Center, Kamiya-cho, Odaiba, Oedo Onsen, Roppongi, Sengaku-ji, Tsukiji, Zojo-ji Temple Nearby destinations:
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