Beyond the branches of the tree that grew in a circle, Shiseido Hall was standing

Shiseido Hall in Tetsugakudo Park
Shiseido Hall in Tetsugakudo Park
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There is a park named Tetsugakudo in a place called Matsugaoka in Tokyo. While there are baseball fields and tennis courts in the park, the main attraction of the park is a group of buildings that visually represent the world of philosophy.

The park's main attraction is a group of buildings that visually represent the world of philosophy, which may sound a bit complicated, but the point is that the theme of the park is philosophy. The Tetsugakudo Park was originally built by Enryo Inoue, a Buddhist philosopher, and educator, who enshrined Socrates, Kant, Confucius, and Sakyamuni in Shiseido.

Later, the number of sages enshrined increased as the Tetsugakudo was enhanced with the construction of Tetsuri-mon, Rokkendai, and Sangakutei. In the Rokkendai, six philosophers are enshrined: Prince Shotoku, Sugawara Michizane, Zhuang Zhou, Zhu Xi, Nagarjuna, and Kapila, and in the Sangakutei, three philosophers are worshipped: Hirata Atsutane, Hayashi Razan, and Gyonen.

In addition, the Garden of Philosophy, installed in 2009, houses statues of Jesus Christ, the ancient Egyptian king Ikhnaton, Daruma, Francis of Assisi, the ancient Babylonian king Hammurabi, and the Eastern Roman emperor Justinian. When it comes to this, it is no longer clear what relationship they have to philosophy. Rather than a visual representation of the world of philosophy, it seems to me that it is simply a place to honor famous people from all ages and cultures.

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12196

Shooting Date

Jan 2022

Posted On

March 6, 2022

Modified On

March 7, 2022

Place

Matsugaoka, Tokyo

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS LOXIA 2/35

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