Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Thursday, August 18, 2011

For here they rest (Zojo-ji Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns)

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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.

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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. 

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Four thought provoking statues. I wondered who they represented.

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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.

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Unfortunately I'm not good at figuring out artistic script or kanji but it was lovely to look at.

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Walking along the back of Zojo-ji one can see more grave markers.

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And a stupa. I am not sure if it is accessible to the public.

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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.

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