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shimenawa plaited rope and shime strips of white paper

Shinagawa Shrine – a photographer’s guide

Shinagawa Shrine is near Shinagawa Station.  You’d think both would be in Shinagawa Ward.  Well, the station is in Minato Ward.  Did you know that?  It is a funny fact.  Let’s get back on track and talk about the shrine. Shinagawa Shrine is a good place for photographers.  I wouldn’t place it up there with …

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statue of General Maresuke Nogi with small boy at Nogi Shrine

Nogi Shrine – a beautiful home for a hero

I discovered Nogi Shrine in a roundabout way.  Many years ago, I enjoyed a pleasant walk through Aoyama Cemetery with a friend.  She knew I liked military history and pointed out one grave.  It was for a general, Maresuke Nogi.  He fought during the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905 and, years later, committed suicide.  He was …

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Tokyo Daibutsu

Tokyo Daibutsu – There is a Big Buddha in Tokyo

Japan’s third-largest bronze Buddha, Tokyo Daibutsu (or Tokyo’s Big Buddha), is at the temple of Jorenji.  At thirty-two tons and thirteen meters high, it is a fraction smaller than the one in Kamakura. While it is a little difficult to get to, it is worth the effort.   There is nothing special about the area where …

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