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There are three decorative warehouses right after passing through the main gate of “Tosho-gu” in Nikko.  Various kinds of costumes and goods used for annual events of this Shinto shrine are stored in these brilliant buildings, which were designed after ‘Shoso-in” warehouse in “Todai-ji” in Nara.  On the gable ‘Kami-jinko” warehouse on the left, a pair of elephants are carved as shown in...

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‘Tosho-gu’ shrine in Nikko, an ideal location for the excursion from Tokyo,saw the groundbreaking ceremony early in the 17th century following the will of ‘Tokugawa Ieyasu’ who was the founder of the longest and the most stable Tokugawa shogunate samurai government. It had come to the completion by the elaborate effort of ‘Tokugawa Iemitsu’, the third shogun, greatly thanks to the variety of...

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The third shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu loved and respected his grandfather Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, and so he completed ‘Tosho-gu’ shrine for his grand father. On the other hand, Iemitsu ordered his son, the fourth shogun Ietsuna,to build his mausoleum next to Tosho-gu shrine by will. Accordingly, the main structures of Taiyu-in are facing the direction toward Tosho-gu shrine as if he is still...

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As horses are thought to be a divine animal in Japan, stables can be seen in many shrine compounds in the country,however the stable of Tosho-gu shrine in Nikko is exceptional. On the upper part of this stable, only one building of plain wood among many precious structures in this mausoleum, eight scenes of the carvings of monkeys are engraved. Each scene describes life of monkeys to teach people how to carry on their lifetimes...

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Lake Chuzenji in the picture above can be reached by car from ‘Tosho-gu’ in Nikko, the world Heritage. This lakeshore has been developed as a international resort town dotted with many summer villas of European Embassy in Tokyo since late in the 19th century. The ‘Kegon Falls’ in the picture above with a drop of 90 meters is well known as one of the three great waterfalls in the country. In the Nikko national...

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In the precincts of Tosho-gu in Nikko which is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu who is the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate samurai government, there are standing many gifts presented to the Tokugawa family not only from the domestic feudal lords but also the foreign countries. The brazen lantern in the picture is a gift from the King of Holland in the 17th century. This was manufactured in Amsterdam then was carried all the way, by...

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