Thursday, August 18, 2011
For here they rest (Zojo-ji Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns)
The entrance to the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns. Six of the Tokugawa Shoguns and their families were buried here. Hidetada, Ienobu, Ietsugu, Ieshige, Ieyoshi, and Iemochi. Seven times a year they open it for visitors.
However around the gates are several interesting features like this amazing rock. Rocks like this are very important in Japanese gardens. In a way, this is a little garden behind Zojo-ji, worth taking a look at.
Four thought provoking statues. I wondered who they represented.
I think I actually figured out who these four interesting statues represent. They are the Four Great Bosatsu of compassion and mercy. From left to right it is Fugen who is sitting on a shishi, Kannon, Jizo, and Monju who is sitting on a baby elephant.
Unfortunately I'm not good at figuring out artistic script or kanji but it was lovely to look at.
Walking along the back of Zojo-ji one can see more grave markers.
And a stupa. I am not sure if it is accessible to the public.
Catching another look at Tokyo Tower I decided to take a closer look to see if only the top was damaged or if there was more.