Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tosho-gu shrine at Ueno

Tosho-gu shrine entrance
Tosho-gu shrines are dedicated to Japan’s last Shogun, Tokugawa Oeyasu, around 500 shrines were built in the edo period, and currently there are around 130. The most widely know are the Nikko and the Ueno shrines.

Tosho-gu shrine (under repairs)
The Ueno shrine is lined with stone and copper lantern, these lanterns purpose is not to illuminate the path to the shrine but to purify it.

Stone Shishi lion dog
The shrine is currently under renovation until next year, and the main temple is closed to the public.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Just a heads up, Tosho-gu enshrine the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, was buried under Shinto rites, not Buddhist like the others.