Thursday, March 1, 2012

Leap Day Snow in Tokyo



Leap Day let its presence be known in Tokyo with a sudden snow shower that blanketed the city. I went around and took some photos and videos of certain spots. In the past several years, snowfalls in Tokyo have become somewhat rarer than in the past.


Ota Dokan (1432-1486)

Ota Dokan was a samurai leader of the 15th Century who built the first castle in Tokyo then known as Edo. He died at the hands of his master who had been deliberately misled that Ota was disloyal. His death occurred during the early part of the Sengoku Period (1476-1573) when treachery and murder was commonplace.


Buddha of Tenno-ji Temple of the Yanaka Area


 Golden Kannon Statue of Zenshoan Temple

Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336)

Kusunoki Masashige was a samurai lord during the transitionary period from the fall of the Kamakura Shogunate to the rise of the Ashikaga Shogunate. He is remembered for his loyalty to the Emperor Godaigo. Against his better judgement, Kusunoki followed the Emperor's orders to march against their former ally Ashikaga Takauji at Minatogawa. There he died in battle and later Godaigo was forced to go into exile.

Yanaka Cemetery

Nijubashi - Imperial Palace












The Tomb of Tokugawa Yoshinobu



In Yanaka Cemetery is the grave of the last Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837-1913). Yoshinobu surrendered his power as Shogun to Emperor Meiji in 1867 thus ending over 600 years of military rule in Japan.










Sake Shop Museum





Yamanote Train pushes through the snow


Benzaiten Shrine - Ueno Park


Kan'ei-ji Temple - Ueno Park


Tomb of Shogi-Tai - Shogun soldiers who died here in 1868

Saigo Takamori (1832-1877)

Saigo Takamori was arguably the last true samurai who rebelled against the Meiji Government in 1877 and died before the samurai class as a whole was abolished. Due to his popularity, he was posthumously pardoned in 1889 and his statue in Ueno was built in 1898.






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Vagabond traveler currently hold up in Tokyo. I've done a far bit of traveling and had a few interesting adventures along the way. This blog is a chronicle of adventures past and present and those yet to come. I’ve been to about 30 countries though some no bigger than a kitchen table. I’ve run with the bulls of Pamplona, hiked the Inca Trail, got mugged in Mexico City, floated down the Nile in an old boat, climbed the Great Pyramid of Egypt, got ripped at Oktoberfest, and rode the notorious Tokyo Yamanote Halloween Party Train.