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Old January 9th, 2010, 02:31 PM   #61
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The Awashima hall is dedicated to a deity who looks after women




Two of several exits from the temple grounds…






… to some typical Tokyo side streets.



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UENO PARK

Ueno in northern Tokyo, was once the heart and soul of Edo culture, being the area where the old Shitamachi (low city) once existed. Today, it is a mixture of modern city living and cultural attractions and is dominated by its huge park, aptly called Ueno Park.








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Old January 10th, 2010, 05:10 AM   #63
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Ueno Park is where the Kanei-ji temple and sub-temples were built in the 17thcentury to negate evil spirits that might threaten from the northeast. In 1873, the government designated Ueno a public park. A favorite since its earliest days, the park has figured in many popular woodblock prints and short stories.






Saigo Takamori statue: The leader of the victorious Meiji forces, Saigo subsequently instigated the Satsuma rebellion against the emperor in 1877, but killed himself when it failed. He was posthumously pardoned, and this statue was erected in 1899.






The park is a venue for several fund raising performances



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Old January 10th, 2010, 05:17 AM   #64
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The Kiyu-mizu Hall is part of the original Kanei-ji Temple dating from1631 and is dedicated to Senju Kannon.










While walking, I noticed this handicapped pigeon…




It was winter already but it still feels like autumn



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The bronze statue of Prince Komatsu No Miya Akihito




The Tosho-gu shrine is a complex of halls and is one of Tokyo’s few remaining Edo-era structures.












The Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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The Gojo Shrine is reached through a series of red torii (gates).






Inside, red-bibbed Inari fox statues stand in an atmospheric grotto.






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Shinobazu Pond










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What a marginal city, thanks for the photos
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You're welcome. A lot more to come...
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TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM

The group of buildings that makes up the Tokyo National Museum is in a compound in the northeast corner of Ueno Park. The Honkan is the main building, which dates back to 1938 and combines Japanese and Western features. The rooms are themed, with stunning exhibits of sculpture, lacquerware, swords and Western-influenced modern art.


The Honkan





Honkan lobby



The sculpture collection, some dates back to the 12th century







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Lacquerware and ceramics




Samurais






Japanese ancient prints




Buddhist art




Japanese art




Military attire




Noh and Kabuki kimono collection, some dates back to the 16th century

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To the east of Honkan is the Toyokan (Asian Gallery), which opened in 1968. The Toyokan has an excellent and eclectic collection of non-Japanese Eastern art, many of the exhibits are from China and Korea. The museum was closed for renovation though at the time of visit.




The 1908 Beaux-Arts Hyokeikan is mainly used for special exhibitions. I was more impressed with the building than what’s on display inside.





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The Heiseikan opened in 1999 and was purpose-built to house major temporary exhibitions and a superb collection of Japanese archeological artifacts.







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2nd-1st century jar coffin






Haniwa figures were popular adornments to monumental tombs in the 4th and 5th centuries.




6th century terracota monkey tomb figurine




7th century earthen coffin




7th century kite-shaped ridge-end ornament





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Also at Ueno Park is the National Museum of Western Art








Rodin’s massive Gate of Hell stands outside the museum .



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The National Science Museum hosts exhibits on natural history, science and technology.




A steam engine and a life sized blue whale mark the entrance of the National Science Museum.



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TOKYO TOWER

The Tokyo Tower is located in Shiba. Getting off the subway’s Daimon station, the tower is not at all visible.








Walking further towards the westerly direction, a very prominent gate greets visitors to Shiba Park.




Further on, the massive Daimon Gate marks the entrance to Zojo-ji Temple.




Shiba Park used to be the Tokugawa family’s graveyard. At its center is the Zojo-ji, the family temple of the Tokugawas. It was founded in 1393 and Ieyasu moved it here in 1598 to protect his new capital spiritually. The present day building dates from 1974.

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Tokyo Tower seems to serve as sentry to the temple.




Behind the temple, is a cemetery or probably a memorial, to the unborn children. Eerie but worth seeing.





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