My first trip to Japan was in July 2008, Onarimon was one of the first areas we explored during our stay in Tokyo simply because it has some of the main landmarks Tokyo had to offer, Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower. The weather was really hot that time – maybe around 33ºC? Thankfully there are people handing out fans on the streets (I think I collected more than 5 fans in a day^^) Anyway here are some shots I took in Onarimon.
Took this pic because I didn’t understand it and wanted to ask my Japanese friend when I see her – which I did. She said it’s a sign of a “silver traffic light” that act as a sign for elders to cross the street.
I think my friend told me what these block pillars are called – but I totally forget, can anyone remind me please? What I do remember is they list the names of people/companies that have contributed into the construction of the temple. I think… ^^ These were found outside the walls just before the temple.
In Zojoji Temple these little statues were the first things I noticed, maybe because of their bright red clothing that caught my attention. These little statues are called Ojizo-san, or some people call them Ojizo-sama. I personally think they’re very cute – turns out they were made that way because they are said to protect the spirits of little children who have passed away.
Some more Ojizo-san. But these ones were kept away from the others, and were not sitting on the display stones like the ones in the previous photo. In fact, I think I found them hiding behind the bush. Do you know why?
Omikuji are strips of paper stuck on a wall in shrines/temples. Visitors can pick one of them by making a small offering in the box – but the strip you pick can be as good as great fortunes or as bad as curses/bad luck.
In this box are some more Omikuji, though I don’t know the difference between these ones in the box and the ones rolled up on the walls. But I did try to draw this one for ¥200.
If I remember correctly it was saying something that my fortune that year was excellent or something – but then my Japanese friend said that most of the Omikuji contained in the box are good fortunes. I wish I could read what’s on the paper myself – too bad I’m not equipped with that knowledge…yet. Hopefully one day soon I will! *just realized that I was holding the paper upside down lol*
This is how Tokyo Tower’s base looks like. I didn’t know that time that Tokyo Tower has its own mascot that looks like this. They’re brothers by the way.
It seems that on that day there was an Anime fair or something. I only recognized some characters from this poster, two are Kindaichi and the famous Detective Conan. I actually gave up reading Conan a while ago when it reached 50-something tankoubon… Couldn’t keep up any longer.
Went up to the top of the tower. The admission fee was around ¥800. I know I should have waited to go at night – I’m sure the view would have been more beautiful. Instead of the sky, I looked down and capture this photo – graveyards. The stones are looking really beautiful from up there.