DRAGON TEMPLE, TOKYO

Near our apartment is a small temple of significance, a temple dedicated to the dragon and the harvest, Hiroo Inari Jinja.

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Located on a side street near Hiroo station, tucked under hundred year old trees.

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The courtyard houses the temple building and several smaller shrines.

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Including the chozuya, for purifying yourself before entering the shrine.

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I liked this request outside the temple …

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As mentioned, it is a dragon temple. Etched into the wooden roof is the most magnificent dragon. Step to a different side and the entire picture changes.

It is said that Inari (the god of harvests) was invoked as the guardian deity of the Shogun�fs villa, Azabu Fujimi Goten, during the Genroku period (1688-1703). It was formerly called Fujimi Inari or Chitose-dera Inari. The dragon drawn on seven consecutive panels on the main hall�fs ceiling is the final Japanese-style painting of the great master Takahashi Yuichi. Three towers dedicated to the repose of the souls of the departed (Minato City Cultural Assets) stand by a stone moat and the three monkeys (�gSee no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil�h) are carved on the front.

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And more dragons carved into the entrance.

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Amazing to find out what is tucked around a corner. A city full of hidden treasures.

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