Otoko-zaka In Yushima Tenjin

Otoko-zaka in Yushima Tenjin
Shot at Yushima Tenjin in Yushima, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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I saw a couple descending a steep Otoko-zaka with difficulty

There is a steep staircase beside the office of Yushima Tenjin shrine. This is Tenjin Otoko-zaka, also called Tenjin Ishizaka. The precincts of Yushima Tenjin are built on the edge of a plateau, which you don't notice when you enter from the Omote-Torii gate. This is why there is a steep staircase on the side of the precincts. A little further down the stairs is Shinobazu Pond, which used to be an inlet of Tokyo Bay in the Jomon period. According to the shrine legend, Yushima Tenjin was founded in 458, so it must have been possible to see Tokyo Bay from its precincts back then.

By the way, some of you may be wondering why there is an Otoko-zaka (otoko means male in Japanese) and not an Onna-zaka (onna means female in Japanese). Don't worry. There is also a female slope, which branches off from the male slope. Generally, the steeper slope is called "Otoko-zaka" and the gentler slope is called "Onna-zaka," and here too, the Otoko-zaka has 38 steps while the Onna-zaka has only 33 steps.

Standing at the top of Otoko-zaka, I looked out over what used to be the sea. Now there were no vestiges of the tide anywhere, and all I could see were buildings. And below me, I could see a couple struggling down the steep slope.

日本語
May 2021 IN THE CITY TOKYO

Where is Yushima Tenjin Shrine?

PHOTO DATA

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11915

Shooting Date

Sep 2020

Posted On

May 23, 2021

Modified On

May 24, 2021

Place

Yushima Tenjin, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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