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Rebecca B. / 677 items

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At Roppongi Hills.

Last shot from my 2018 trip to Tokyo. The plan was to return there next week - but as things are, we might have to stay at home instead. Not very happy right now....

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Night view from the 40th floor of the World Trade Center at Hamamatsucho, Shiba, Tokyo.

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Tokyo Tower in rain.

Hoping everyone is safe this day over there...

(Nothing is actually burning - it's the orange light interacting with the low rain clouds and mist.)

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Emas at the Yushima Seidō, with a big basin of water in front of them.

An ema is a wooden plaque on which you write your wishes and prayers. The name is written with the kanji for 'picture' [e = 絵] and 'horse' [ma = 馬], reflecting an ancient belief that horses could bring wishes to the kami, the gods. But emas are not only used at Shinto shrines, they are often seen at Buddhist temples too - a practice that dates back at least to the Kamakura period (that is 1185-1333). And in this case, a Confucian temple.

The name of the place (湯島聖堂 with Japanese kanji) actually just means 'the sacred hall in Yushima'. It was built in this spot in 1690 (there was an earlier temple, founded in 1639, built in what is now Ueno Park, but the shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi moved it here). The temple was closely associated with the Shōhei-zaka Gakumonjo school of Neo-Confucianism, state-run from 1797 to the Meiji restoration of 1871. After 1871 the temple has shared its grounds with several educational institutions (and the Ministry of Education, and the Tokyo National Museum) - currently you can find parts of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University in the vicinity, and the school's emblem of a plum blossom is said to derive from the temple. Students praying for success in their exams come to visit here.

Tags:   tokyo tokio 東京 japan Nippon Nihon 日本 temple tempel tempio templo Yushima Seidō yushima seido 湯島聖堂 Confucian Confucius Temple of Confucius Confucian temple Konfuziustempel Konfuzius temple confucéen temple de Confucius 孔子廟 ema 絵馬 えま prayer wish bön önskan Gebet preghiera orazione oración prière 祈り いのり Wunsch souhait deseo desiderio 願い ねがい

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A bodhisattva statue from Gandhara, in what is now Pakistan. It dates to the second century A.D. and is made of schist.

Now on display at Tokyo National Museum.

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