Considering that "Kaneyasu" stands at the intersection of Hongo 3-chome, the area where the poem was composed, "Hongo too, to Kaneyasu is part of Edo," Edo at that time was very small compared to today's Tokyo. The distance from the tower of Edo Castle to Kaneyasu was only about 2 km. The extent of Edo was much smaller than imagined.
If we assume that Edo extends to Kaneyasu, then Shinobazunoike Pond, which now seems to be in the center of Tokyo, and the Hongo campus of the Tokyo University would also be outside of Edo, as would the temple Rinshoin, which stands between Shinobazunoike and the Hongo campus.
Although there are graves of famous people in Rinshoin, its presence is modest. When I visited, there were almost no worshippers. As I crossed the main hall and entered the cemetery in the peaceful precincts of the temple, I found a particularly splendid graveyard. The owner of the cemetery, which seemed to be surrounded by a wall, was Lady Kasuga. The grave of Lady Kasuga, the nanny of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Edo Shogunate, is located at Rinshoin.
Despite the fact that it is the grave of a famous person, not many people visit it, probably because it is unclear what the benefits of visiting Lady Kasuga's grave are. For example, it is believed that Nezumi-Kozo, who became legendary as a righteous bandit, had luck in victory and money because he was not easily caught, whereas it is not known what the benefits of Lady Kasuga are. We can only assume that he was poorly produced. This is even though she was a person who left her name in history and whose name would be remembered by people 400 years later.
|Aug 2022 STILL LIFE TOKYO
|CEMETERY STONE LANTERN TEMPLE YUSHIMA
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