Dennis A. Amith

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The One about Gokokusan Tennoji Temple in Yanaka

In Yanaka, one of the most visited temples in the area is the Gokokusan Tennoji Temple. Belonging to the Tendai sect of Buddhism and found in 1274, the temple is right across from the Yanaka Cemetery near Nippori Station. Originally as part of the Temple premises, one of the reasons why people come to visit the temple is to see the bronze Buddha which was constructed by Ota Kyuemon in 1690. When the Buddhist saint […]

The One about Daikokuten Kyooji Temple in Yanaka

In Yanaka, near Nippori Station, is a temple called Daikokuten Kyooji Temple. While not a huge temple, the temple does date back from the Edp Period and inside, there is a statue of Daitokuten, one of the Seven Lucky Gods (shichifukujin).  The statue is said to have been carved by Nichiren (1222-1282) himself (a tale that is really not possible). Daitokuten is considered to be the God of Earth, Agriculture, Rice, Farmers, the Kitchen, & […]

The One about Chomyoji Temple in Yanaka and the Copper Bell

While walking through Yanaka, I passed by an area that I wasn’t sure if there was anything significant inside. Yanaka is so full of tradition like for every few feet you walk, there is a temple and a shrine that you will most likely visit.  But there are also residences that you will be visiting and you may or may not be sure if it’s open to the public. Also, it looked as if there […]

The One about Emmei-in Temple in Yanaka

In 1648 Misawa no Tsubone, the west nurse of Tokugawa Ietsuna, 4th Shogun of the Tokugawa Dynasty, founded Emmei-in Temple in Yanaka.  The Nichiren Buddhist Temple was established as a bettoji, a temple attached to a Shinto shrine (typically in Japan, temples and shrines are separate). Back then, a priest named Eshoin Nitcho prayed for a safe delivery when Tokugawa Ietsuna was born.  Misawa no Tsubone made a donation to Eshoin and asked him to […]

The One about the Tomb of Kano Hogai in Yanaka

In yesterday’s post, I discussed the Okakura Tenshin Memorial Site in Yanaka and how he started the Japan Art Institute (Nihon Bijutsuin). But not far from the Memorial Site is the Tomb of Kano Hogai, a famouse Japanese painter of the early Meiji era. A painter of the Kano school, he is one of the last Kano painters and his paintings show experimentation of Western methods and styles. But with the fall of the shogunate […]