My first encounter with Zōjō-ji Temple was near dusk on a surprisingly warm and clear night (given the record of my first bitterly freezing week here). The silhouette of the temple structure against a brilliantly lit Tokyo Tower provided an amazing juxtaposition of old vs new, the latter being a bold testament to the ability of man and technology, and the former something that seems to live in the shadow of a crazy and stressful life in this city.
Regardless, both of these spots attract thousands of visitors during the day. My first visit (below) was for a short night walk.
Since our fist encounter was rather spur of the moment and short-lived, I walked back to Zōjō-ji Temple the following day for a more proper (daytime) visit. Even an hour’s walk around the temple grounds provides some serenity for denizens and tourists alike, and seems to instill the kind of peace that people constantly need in a place as busy and crowded at Tokyo.
The silhouette of Zōjō-ji Temple at sunset with Tokyo Tower behind
Window patterns project onto the floor inside Zōjō-ji Temple
Inside Zōjō-ji Temple
Tokyo Tower peeks out behind Zōjō-ji Temple
Mew. One of the many felines in and around the temple grounds
Ubiquitous incense swirls away into a light breeze outside the temple
Detailed wood carvings adorn a gate inside the temple grounds