Written by Shirley T
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 00:00
Attracted by countless arches of red torii situated adjacent to Great Buddha Hill, we footed forward descending on a flight of staircase. It led us to a Shinto shrine - Gojo Tenjin.
The facade is adorned with a pair of white chochin, red altar and shimenawa. Shimenawa is a horinzontal straw rope with white zigzag paper strips (gohei) that marks the boundary to a sacred ground. Stood beyond the gate, worshipers were seen paying respect in silence.
Interestingly, figurines of foxes are everywhere here. In Shinto's belief, fox is the messenger of Inari or kami (Shinto gods) of rice. Guarding the holy ground against the evil spirits or Kimon, a pair of foxes are placed at the entrance of this Inari shrine.
If one arrives in spring, there is a good chance to catch the sight of cherry blossoms surrounding the shrine. Indeed inspiring!
Less than 5 minutes walk from Ueno Koen exit at Ueno Station (via JR Yamanote Line, Ginza Line or Hibiya Line) or right next to Ueno Kensei Station.
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