A few weeks ago, funnyman friend Marianne and I headed out to Enmeiji temple. I’ve finally gotten the pictures out of my camera and onto my blog, so here they are!
Enmeiji is the site of a former execution ground during the Edo period. Thousands of people were executed here, and the graves and buddha statue were erected as a monument to the deceased. When we were there, it was cloudy and eerie.. a fitting day to visit a ground that is supposedly very haunted..
The map outside of Minami Senjuu station tells you where to go!
And arriving at the shrine!
Me and Marianne against the gate. I wasn’t dressed for the weather at all, so I had to put on a longer shirt! (even then it was quite chilly!)
I know that this is a traditional buddhist symbol, but every time I see it, I can’t help but think of the nazis. I’m sorry, but in this day and age, the meaning has changed (although the nazi swastika points the other direction), and it’s best to not use it, really. Just seeing it is shocking.
So…. there used to be a giant buddha here. Until the earthquake, that is! Apparently it fell apart. It’s still here, just not on the pedestal anymore…… lol?
I am, though! It was very, very high up. A worthy climb!
The grave markers. Obviously, most of these have been replaced or are more modern.
It’s also a tradition in Japan to leave flowers on graves.
Those long boards hold the names of the deceased. Different than in America, the gravestones list the family name, and then the boards list the names of the individual members whose ashes are buried in the site. In Japan, almost everyone is cremated when they die.
Just in case someone ghostly is thirsty?
On the way to Minami-senju station, where the temple is, I snapped a picture on the train. This is what a Japanese train usually looks like from the inside: crowded and with passengers either pretending to sleep (with their mouths open!) or on cell phones. XP
And while switching trains in Shibuya… those tomatoes are 198 yen each— that’s almost $2 a tomato!! That’s a normal price here in Japan, and trust me, they are not worth that much. I love tomatoes, though… ToT Stop gouging us!
We took a walk after that, heading to Shimamachi… which is what my next post will be about! Although the weather was dreary, the early spring flowers and the fallen sakura made for a lovely sight!
See you tomorrow with pictures from Shimamachi, the “home” of Tora-san!