Thursday, August 25, 2011
Everything was still (Shiba Toshogu Shrine on March 12, 2011)
Without the ability to go to many places because the trains were not all running, at least I was able to go back to nearby places I had been to in December.
With the intention to see things I missed my first time there. One was the Shiba Toshogu Shrine of Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. It's a Shinto shrine which was split off from Zojo-ji back during the Meiji Period. Want to see what it's like?
I previously photographed the walk way to it from Hibiya Avenue but this time I was going on a path from the Zojo-ji grounds. Back in December this was another busy place. But not today.
Wonderful old tree there. Without leaves in March makes me wonder if it is a sakura?
The chozuya or purification font.
The shrine dedicated to Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. Since Zojo-ji was the Tokugawa family temple, this shrine was originally part of it, built to enshrine Ieyasu. Inside is a wooden statue of Ieyasu that he had commissioned on his 60th birthday.
Little ume tree blooming.
Details on the shrine. The use of blue and white really stand out against the red and are lovely.
It really makes this shrine feel like it is for someone important. And given Ieyasu's position in history he definitely was important.
If I go again I will have to take a look closer up. Perhaps one can see the statue.
The path from the shrine was leading me to another place I didn't know about on my first trip but really wanted to see this time.
More wonderful rocks and a little carved representation. Usually they have offerings in front of them but I guess given all that had happened they weren't done on this day.