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We rushed out of our house not to miss the blooming period that has suddenly come.
I am exploring everywhere with the tip of my nose…
We walked for an hour to the destination,
up to the entrance of Yanaka Cemetery.
We arrived at Tenno-ji Temple.
We worshipped the Buddha with folded hands.
The fully bloomed cherry blossoms in the background,
It actually made me feel like my femininity was boosted…!
Unfortunately, the weather was cloudy,
but the sky in Yanaka Cemetery was full in cherry blossoms.
It’s a temple of the Tendai sect. It is located at the entrance of Yanaka Cemetery which is very close from the South entrance of JR Nippori Station. Until the Meiji restoration, Tenno-ji Temple had owned most of the cemetery as well as Yushima Tenjin, “Tomikuji”(Today’s lottery) being allowed to do. The lottery was allowed by the government to earn maintenance fees for the temple, so that means Tenno-ji Temple was such a popular temple at that time. The garden where a 5-meter long Buddha sit makes you feel refreshed. It was casted by Nichiryo, the last chief priest of Kanno-ji Temple, the former Tenno-ji Temple. Vaisravana, one of the seven deities of good luck is enshrined there.
Map Tenno-ji Temple
7-14-8, Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
It’s where lots of famous people including the Tokugawa family rest in peace. Until 1957, there had been a Five-storied Pagoda that became a model for a Five-storied Pagoda which appears in Rohan Koda’s novel, “The Five-storied Pagoda.” It was burned down due to the “Yanaka Five-Storied Pagoda Double-Suicide Arson Case.” However, the place is still familiarly known as a famous spot for its cherry blossoms and many people come and enjoy the area where the Five storied-Pagoda was used to be.
Map Yanaka Cemetry
7, Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
■The site of the Five- storied Pagoda in Yanaka cemetery, Tokyo
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