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11/23/2011

Nezu Jinja Shrine

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Nezu Jinja 根津神社 Nezu Shrine
東京都文京区根津1-28-9

HP of the shrine
source : www.nedujinja.or.jp



This shrine is famous for its azalea park. There are more than 3000 plants in the park, with 50 different varieties.
Bunkyoo tsutsuji matsuri Azalea Festival
文京つつじ祭り April 9 to March 5.
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Legend has it
that this old shrine was built by Yamato Takeru approximately 1,900 years ago. The shrine pavilions we see today were constructed under the orders of Tsunayoshi Tokugawa (1646-1709), the fifth Shogun, in 1706. All of the pavilions including the Honden, Heiden, Haiden, Karamon, Sukibei, and Romon remain untouched and have been designated as the country's important cultural assets.

On the grounds are a number of historic sites related to cultural figures who lived in the neighborhood such as the "Bungo Ikoi-no-Ishi 憩いの石", a rock which we are told that such writers as Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) and Ogai Mori (1862-1922) sat on to think of ideas for their novels. This shrine became widely known after many great literary figures of modern times including Natsume and Mori mentioned its name in their works.
Nezu Jinja is also famous for its 3,000 azaleas of approximately 50 different species that reach full bloom every year from mid-April to the end of the month.
source : www.japan-i.jp


. Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi 徳川綱吉 .


Ogai Mori “The Wild Goose”
- source : Japan Times 2014

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The Deity Nezu Gongen 根津権現

This deity is another form of Susanoo スサノオ
and also represented as the
Kannon Bosatsu with 11 faces 十一面観音菩薩


根津三所権現 The Three Gongen of Nezu

素盞烏尊 - 十一面観音菩薩
Susanoo - Juuichimen Kannon with 11 faces
山王大権現 - 薬師如来
Sanno Gongen - Yakushi Nyorai
八幡大菩薩 - 阿弥陀如来
Hachiman daibosatsu - Amida Nyorai

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Snow at Nezu Gongen
Hasui (1883 - 1957)


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eto no migawari san 干支の身代わりさん
zodiac animals take on your bad luck


Small simple clay bells of about 4 cm hight. You buy one of the zodiac animal of the year you are born and hope it will protect you from evil.
These little bells are so cute, many people buy one for every year anyway.


. Migawari ... the deities substitute for us .

. 12 Zociac animals 干支  eto, kanshi .

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tsukinami hana mifuda, hanamifuda 月次花御札
amulets for flowers of each month


They ward off evil and prevent bad influence.



They are about 15 cm long.
January has pine, February plum blossoms, March has peach blossoms.
April: Azaleas
May : shobu Lilies
June : Bamboo
July : Oak leaves (for tanabata)
August : nadeshiko, wild carnations
September : Chrysanthemum
October : red maple leaves
November : Nanten
December : Camellia
They make a great monthly decoration for the living room and prevent evil.

more amulets from Edo :
source : www.timeout.jp







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More amulets from Nezu shrine:




. Shichigosan (shichi go san 七五三祝)
Seven-Five-Three Festival .

November 15

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Gozu Tennoo fuda 牛頭天王札
. Gozu Tenno 牛頭天王 Japanese god of plague.

Somin Shorai no Chinowa 蘇民将来の茅の輪
. Somin Shorai Amulets 蘇民将来  .




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緑陰の暫しのなごみ根津の里
ryokuin no shibashi no nagomi Nezu no sato

relaxing for a while
in the lush green shade -
rural Nezu


Look at more photos of the shrine and the Haiku Meeting:
source : mahoroba77



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Nezu Institute of Fine Arts 根津美術館
Nezu Bijutsukan




source : www.nezu-muse.or.jp


founded by Nezu Kaichiroo 根津嘉一郎(ねずかいちろう)


The Nezu Museum (根津美術館, Nezu bijutsukan, formerly: The Nezu Institute of Fine Arts), located in the Minato district of Tokyo, Japan, houses the private collection of
Nezu Kaichirō (1860–1940).
The museum opened to the public in 1940 and escaped the destruction suffered by the estate property in the bombing of May 1945. Closed due to large-scale renovation and renewal from 2006 onwards, it re-opened in fall 2009 with a completely new museum building by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Included in the collection are a pair of Edo period folding-screens of Irises by Ogata Kōrin. It also includes other paintings of renown, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and archaeological materials, as well as objects in lacquer, metal, and wood. The collection also consists of Chinese bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasties.
The Nezu Museum is also known for its vast, Japanese-style garden.
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