Friday, May 21, 2010
Nezu shrine in Bunkyo Tokyo, celebrates the Azalea festival in late April early May.
Dates change every year to go with the blooming of the Azaleas; weekends are extremely busy during the festival as the shrine receives a very large number of visitors.
Nezu shrine is said to have been established over 1900 years ago. Tsunayoshi Tokugawa built the structures standing today in 1705, accordingly the main hall, the worship hall, the offering hall and the bronze lanterns have been designated as important cultural properties, being the oldest original constructions in Tokyo.
The Roumon (tower gate), the karamon, the west gate and the wall are also designated important cultural properties.
At the same premises, at the west, the Otome inari and the komagome inari are dedicated to the godess of rice inari, with their colorful tori gates.