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Watch Let’s explore the Yanesen area made up by the Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi districts in Tokyo! The daily life of Edo townspeople and the scenic spots within this area inspired some of Utagawa Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e. Let’s follow in the footsteps of this artist to discover the Edo of Hiroshige’s time!
Let’s first take a peek at a popular and historic shrine in the area called Nezu Shrine. It was supposedly founded over 1,900 years ago in a slightly more northern location in Sendagi by Prince Osu, also known as Yamato Takeru, during the first century A.D. It was later relocated in the Edo period around the mid-17th century to its current location by the fifth Shogun. Nezu Shrine’s lush greenery and aged yet elegant structures last rebuilt in 1706 offer a nice getaway from the original downtown area of Edo.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the spots presented in the video.
1) Otome Inari Shrine - Nezu Shrine is known for its long torii gate-lined pathway leading to and from the smaller Otome Inari Shrine, which stands on a hillside and overlooks the pond and main shrine buildings.
2) North Entrance - This torii gate at the northern entrance marks the boundary to a sacred place. It is customary to bow before entering sacred grounds. The torii’s vermillion color stands in contrast to the surrounding greenery.
3) Azalea Garden - Another popular feature of Nezu Shrine is its garden with over 50 types of pink and white azalea. They bloom in spring and are celebrated with the Tsutsuji Matsuri (azalea festival) held annually in April and May.
4) Haiden and Sukibei - Nezu Shrine’s buildings are designed in the Gongen style and based off of Toshogu Shrine in Nikko. The Haiden (worship hall) and Sukibei (lattice-windowed wall) are typical of this style.
For more information, be sure to check out our article “Stroll the Edo of Hiroshige’s Ukiyo-e” → http://intojapanwaraku.com/EN/3506 at INTO JAPAN by Waraku Magazine.
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