Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sunshine City

Sunshine City is a huge commercial complex in Ikebukuro.

This place is so huge that they have moving walkways

We finally met Ultraman


Ikebukuro isan entertainment, shopping and food centre.

Train back to Tokyo

We then took the direct train back to Tokyo

Taiyuin Byo Shrine

This shrine was completed in 1653. It is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Iemitsu (1603-1651) the grandson of Ieyasu. This powerful Shogun managed to close Japan's trade with foreign countries and isolated Japan rom the world for over 200 hundred years

Niomon Gate
Guarded by two Nio Gods

Granite Fountain

The Bell Tower

There are also many steps to climb here

Yashamon Gate

Karamon Gate

Crimson lions guard the inner shrine

Kokamon Gate
(Ming Dynasty style) 
which leads to the Iemitsu's Tom is closed to the public

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ieyasu's Tomb

Ieyasu (1543-1616) founded  the Tokugawa Shogunate which ruled Japan for 250 years.

There is a long walk further up the hill to the tomb

The many steps to the top

Another  Torii

Inukimon Gate

Ieyasu's Tomb

Within Toshogu Shrine

It was an upward climb as the shrine sits on the hill.

There  are two supposedly sculptures of elephants on the gable. The artist did not see a real elephant in his life and thus sculpted an elephant from his own imagination.

The Karadou Torii
 (6 m high)
The first bronze torii in Japan

The Sacred Fountain

The Rinzo
Buddhists scriptures are kept here

The Korean Bell
Presented by the Koreans to celebrate Ieyasu's son birthday

The Drum 

Unfortunately, we couldn't see the Yomeimon Gate as it was closed for repairs

The Karamon Gate
It is a national treasure of Japan

The Sleeping Cat

The Drum Tower

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sacred Stable

There is a  carving of the three wise monkeys here. Perhaps this is where the monkeys came from

A horse given by the New Zealand government is stabled here for a few hours a day 

Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil