Sunday, May 31, 2009

Suitengu Shrine to safe childbirth

Suitengu shrine
Suitengu Shrine located in Nihonbashi, central Tokyo. The Shrine built on 1818 and moved to current location on 1872, is dedicated to conception and safe childbirth.
kodakara inu at Suitengu shrine
Pregnant woman and couples with childrens visit to worship the shrine`s god, especially on the dog day of the Japanese calendar (dogs have many puppies and relatively low stress labor and thus are considered of good luck in this shrine).


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Rose Festa in Jindai

Jindai Park
Chofu's Jindai botanical garden, celebrates Festival of the Rose and the end of spring and fall. The park has the largest collection of roses in Tokyo, If you want to avoid the crowds a early or weekday visit is preferable.
Jindai temple
Next to the park there is the Jindai temple, building started on year 733, the temple is beautifully maintained and there is a very nice line of shops in front of the entrance that maintain the character of the era and provide a perfect frame for this magnificent temple.
Pond at Jindai temple

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The thinker at Ueno park

Rodin at Ueno Park
An original reproduction of Rodin’s the thinker is set at the entrance of the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno park, at the opposite side of the entrance there is also a reproduction of the gates of hell. The museum established on 1959 and its main building designed by Le Corbusiere.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Jizo statues in kamakura

Mizuko Jizo statues at Kamakura

, originally uploaded by HectorBC.

Jizo (childrens’ guardian deity) in Hasedera, Kamakura. Jizo statues are a common sight in Japan. The deity is seen as a guardian of children, especially children who died before their parents. Japanese people have great respect and reverence for theses statues. It is also common to see them wearing children’s clothing or bibs, provided by the parents who have lost a child


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Golden Week in Tokyo

, originally uploaded by HectorBC.

Golden week (spring holiday) in Tokyo, Toneri park full of families enjoying the holidays, in a perfect spring day.

Shamrock flowers carpet the park and invite to stroll and enjoy the day in the sun.


Friday, May 1, 2009

Open air museum, Utsukushigahara

, originally uploaded by HectorBC.

High in the Nagano highland, Open air museum with an exibition of over 50 objects. a surreal combination of hike and art exhibition.