Zojoji Temple

JizoLineI never get tired of visiting the avenues of Zojo-ji’s lovely, colorful Jizo figures with their spinning pinwheels. Zojo-ji Temple is also the site of seven shoguns’ graves and a fine place to see grand public holiday celebrations and torchlight Noh drama in the summertime.

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.
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.

JizoShrine
The little shrine for burning incense
TokugawaGraves
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.
The temple itself is magnificent, and sells many interesting charms and amulets at the temple shop.

Procession
Temple workers waiting to be blessed on Setsubun.

GoldInterior
Inside: grandeur

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Nearby destinations: Ginza, Japan Traditional Craft Center, Kamiya-cho, Odaiba, Oedo Onsen, Roppongi, Sengaku-ji, Tsukiji, Zojo-ji Temple

Read a novel set in Tokyo

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something
A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car at the local shrine, and the more Yumi Hata learns about her best friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more

 

 

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