December 24, 2017

Golden Shrine




The shrine structure of Ueno Toshogu was built in 1651, and survived both the great kanto earthquake of 1923 and world war 2.
The shrine structure is also called golden shrine, because all the pillars and doors are gilded with gold foil. 

Shooting date : December 3, 2017

December 21, 2017

Carving on the Wall




Main structure of Ueno Toshogu shrine is surrounded by a wall which is decorated with many carvings.

Shooting date : December 3, 2017

December 16, 2017

Karamon Gate at Ueno Toshogu Shrine Late in Autumn



If you walk along the approach from the entrance of Ueno Toshogu shrine, you will faced to the gate.
That gate is called "Karamon".
In late autumn,  not only the gate but also leaves around the gate are colorful.

Shooting date : December 3, 2017

December 11, 2017

Stone Guardian Dog with Crimson Leaves



An stone guardian dog at Ueno Toshogu shrine, autumn leaves of Japanese maple in the back ground.

Shooting date : December 3, 2017

December 8, 2017

Row of Stone Lanterns and Autumn Leaves




There are many stone lanterns along the approach of Ueno Toshogu shrine.
Trees on the garden right next to the approach have colorful leaves late in autumn.

Shooting date : December 3, 2017

December 3, 2017

Kiyomizu Kannondo in Late Autumn



Kiyomizu Kannondo is a temple hall located at Ueno park.
In late autumn, trees around the hall have colorful leaves.


Shooting date : december 3, 2017

November 25, 2017

Five Storied Pagoda with Autumn Leaves



This tower is stand on Ueno zoo's grounds in Ueno park.
I took this photo from Ueno Toshogu shrine that is next to the zoo.

Shooting date : November 25, 2017

November 22, 2017

Large Two Storied Gate Appears at the Fountain Pond in Ueno Park




This architecture is for an event named "Tokyo Suki Fes".
This gate is compered to the Kaneiji temple's main gate which used to be.
Ueno park area was Kaneiji temple grounds in Edo priod.

Shooting date : November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017

Ginkgo Tree by Tokyo Bunka Kaikan



Tokyo Bunka Kaikan is a cocert hall for classical music located in Ueno park.
I took this photo today.
I think almost ginkgo trees in the park still have green leaves, but leaves of that ginkgo tree have already changed color.

Shooting date : November 14, 2017

November 1, 2017

Main Pillar of Shohei-bashi Bridge




Shohei-bashi is a bridge over Kanda-gawa River which is located between Mansei-bashi Bridge and Hijiri-bashi Bridge.
The bridge has beautiful main pillars.

Shooting date : September 18, 2017

October 15, 2017

Sofmap AKIBA #1 Store



Sofmap is a consumer electronics retailer.
There are several Sofmap stores in Akihabara.
Sofmap AKIBA #1 is specialized in selling Otaku (anime, idol) goods and used mobiles.

Shooting date : September 18, 2017

September 26, 2017

Yodobashi-Akiba and Akihabara station




Yodobashi-Akiba is a large electoronics retail store located next to Akihabara station.
You can go there from Akihabara station's central exit very easily.

Shooting date : September 18, 2017

Please check my other photo about Yodobashi-Akibathe from the link below.
Night Scene of Yodobashi-Akiba

September 12, 2017

A Figure of Nippon Daemon on the Street




A figure on Denboin-dori Street, Asakusa.
Nippon Daemon is an honorable thief in the Kabuki play called "Shiranami Gonin Otoko" (The Five Thieves).
In the play, he is the leader of a band of thieves.
The play was premiered in 1862 at Ichimuraza which was a major Kabuki theater.
Denboin-dori Street is a shopping and dinning street full of atmosphere of Edo period.

Shooting date : August 7, 2017

Please check my articles about the street from the links below.

Denboin Street
Edo Monja Hyotan
Gate of Denboin

September 3, 2017

Asakusa Nishisando Shopping Street




Asakusa Nishi-sando shopping street is an arcade located west of Sensoji temple.
There is a impressive gate at the eastern end of the arcade.
Pillars of the arcade are painted vermilion, and the street surface is covered with wooden boards.

Shooting date : August 7, 2017

August 31, 2017

Nostalgic Bar Alley in Asakusa



View of An alley named "Hatsune-koji".
This alley is located near Sensoji temple.
It was very hot when I visited there, that wisteria trellis shaded the alley nicely.

Shooting date : August 7, 2017

August 23, 2017

Small Stone Bridge at Sensoji Temple, Asakusa





This bridge was built in 1618, and it is oledest remaining stone bridge in Tokyo.
You can see beautiful varicolored carp in the pond under the bridge.

Shooting date : August 7, 2017

August 15, 2017

Five Storied Pagoda in Summer



Five storied pagoda at Sensoji temple, Asakusa.
There were summer clouds in the sky.
Girls wearing Yukata(casual cotton Kimono) were looking up at the tower.

Shooting date : August 7, 2017

August 10, 2017

Sensoji Temple on a Monday





Sensoji temple is one of the most popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo.
Although I visited there on a Monday, there were so many people in the temple.

Shooting date : August 7, 2017

July 30, 2017

a Turret and Modern Buildings


View of Tatsumi turret and  buildings on Marunouchi district.
Tatsumi turret is a two storied turret of former Edo castle.
That building behind the turret is Palace Hotel Tokyo that is a luxury hotel newly rebuilt in 2012.


Shooting date : July 16, 2017

July 25, 2017

Ote-mon Gate and the Moat



This gate used to be a gate of Edo castle, and it is an entrance to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace now.
I took this photo before 9 a.m., so the gate was closed.
Ote-bori moat is an former Edo castle's inner moat, and it lies between Ote-mon gate and Hirakawa-mon gate.


Shooting date : July 16, 2017
   


July 14, 2017

Ninomaru Garden after Rain




Ninomaru garden is a Japanese-style garden located on the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.
After a rain, the garden was quiet, and the still pond reflected fresh green leaves.


Shooting date : July 1, 2017


July 11, 2017

Marunouchi Naka-dori Street in Drizzle



In drizzle, trees on the street look more vivid, and the stone pavement look more beautiful.

Marunouchi Nka-dori street is the main street in Marunouchi district.
This street is illuminated with LED light bulbs in winter, you can check it in my article ,Sparkling Trees along Marunouchi Naka-dori Street


Shooting date : July 1, 2017




June 30, 2017

Garden in Shibamata Taishakuten Temple





This Japanese style garden is located at the back of the main hall of Shibamata Taishakuten temple.
You can view the garden from the exterior corridor which surround the garden.

Shooting date : May 29, 2017


June 26, 2017

Wood Carvings at Shibamata Taishakuten Temple





There is a temple hall named Taishakudo in Shibamata Taishakuten temple.
Outer walls of the hall are decorated with many beautiful carvings.
Especially, ten carved wood panels set on the walls are stunning.
Those are scenes in the stories from Lotus Sutra.

Shooting date : May 29, 2017


June 14, 2017

Taishakudo and the Pine Tree




When you go through the main gate of Shibamata Taishakuten temple, you see the temple hall named Taishakudo infront of you.
There is a large Japanese black pine tree by the hall.


Shooting date : May 29, 2017

June 11, 2017

Gate of Shibamata Taishakuten Temple






If you walk along the approach to Shibamata Taishakuten Temple from Shibamata station, you see the graceful gate.
When getting to the gate, you will realize how beautiful it's details are.
The gate named Nitenmon was built in 1896.

Shooting date : May 29, 2017

May 13, 2017

Shibamata Taishakuten Temple




Shibamata Taishakuten is a Buddhist temple founded in 1629.
Shibamata is an old town located on the edge of Tokyo.
The temple and the town has been made famous all over Japan by the popular Japanese film series "Otoko wa Tsurai yo"("It's tough being a man").

Shooting date : May 5, 2017

May 10, 2017

Approach to Shibamata Taishakuten Temple





The approach leading to the main gate of Shibamata Taishakuten that is a Buddhist temple located in Shibamata, Katsushika ward.
There are many old shops selling traditional snacks along both side of the path.
You can stroll along the approach in a nostalgic atmosphere.

Shooting date : May 5, 2017