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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Matsuchiyama-Shoden, a temple with a lot of green and a calm atmosphere

October 8, 2015

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Matsuchiyama-Shoden is a temple on a small hill that is located to the northeast of Asakusa station and along the Sumida River. It is a place with a lot of green that has a quiet atmosphere and you can feel relaxed there. There is also a beautiful Japanese garden in the precincts. Matsuchiyama-Shoden is a sub-temple of Sensoji Temple and the formal name is Honryuin It is said that the hill suddenly appeared and was guarded by a dragon in 595. The temple is established in 601 and it is also said that when people suffered from unseasonable weather Juichimen Kannon (Eleven-faced Goddess of Mercy) appeared as Kankiten (a god of joy; Ganesh in the Buddhist pantheon) in this world and saved people. Radishes with a forked root and money pouches that you often see in the precincts directly represent the benefits of the temple. The radish means a good match and matrimonial harmony and the money pouch means a thriving business. Matsuchiyama-Shoden is popular as a temple of matchmaking especially. In the Edo period (1603 - 1868) the site was known for one of the representative place for superb views in Edo (present-day Tokyo) and there are many Ukiyoe the subject of which is taken from the site. Matsuchiyama-Shoden is surrounded by greenery and has a calm atmosphere. You can get to the temple in 10 minutes on foot, so I highly recommend you go there if you visit Asakusa!

Main Hall

The Japanese garden

Tsuijibei (a mud wall with a roof)

Radishes painted on a lantern

A money pouch painted on a lantern

The entrance

Radishes and money pouches carved on a wall of a stair

Kanki Jizoson (guardian deity for childcare)

Shusse Kannon (Goddess of Mercy for career success)

Chozusha (building for cleaning hands and rinsing mouth)

Incense burner

Kaguraden (hall for music and dance)

A view of the precincts from Main Hall

Main Hall

Inari-Jinja Shrine (God of Harvest)

The Japanese garden

A small waterfall in the Japanese garden

Carps in a pond of the Japanese garden

The temple office