Konpon-Chudo

Worshippers praying in front of main hall called Konpon-Chudo

Two worshippers prayed in front of the main hall called Konpon-Chudo

Shot at Kanei-Ji, a Buddhist temple in Ueno, Tokyo.

Although a kind of ceremony was being done in the precinct, it was silent. The attendants seemed to congregate at a building somewhere else. Stopping just in front of the main hall called Konpon-Chudo, I watched the architecture. Some worshippers came and prayed there.

This Buddhist temple was built by the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1625 to pair up with Enryaku-Ji, which was built to protect the ancient capital, Kyoto. It is said the northeastward was thought as the entrance for the evil things in Onmyōdō. So Enryaku-Ji was built on the northeastward of the palace where the emperor lived not to enter the evil things. In a similar way, Kanei-Ji was built on the northeastward of the Edo Castle where the shogun lived.

Once this temple exercised considerable authority. Yet the most part of its precinct was forfeited by the new government when the revolution has occurred. This time around, Kanei-Ji is a compact Buddhist temple. And the calm atmosphere wafted in the precinct.

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Photo No.
11205
Shooting Date
Mar 2019
Posted On
September 22, 2019
Place
Ueno, Tokyo
Genre
Street Photography
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Sep2019 ARCHITECTURE TOKYO
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SONY ALPHA 7R II
Lens
SONNAR T* FE 55MM F1.8 ZA
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