Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Taiyuin Mausoleum - Nikko

Taiyuin was the title given to the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu after his death. Emperor Gokoumyou awarded this title to Iemitsu's mausoleum at Nikko in present day Tochigi Prefecture. Below is the gate of the mausoleum.



Tokugawa Iemitsu left the following message when he died in 1651, "I will serve for Ieyasu even after death." The forth Tokugawa Shogun Ietsuna understood Iemitsu's will and therefore began construction of Taiyuin in 1652. The mausoleum was completed in 1653.


The buildings of Taiyuin face Ieyasu's Toshogu shrine which indicates Iemitsu's deep respect for Ieyasu.

5 comments:

  1. Wow, great pictures. Do you think I could borrow them sometime for the blog (with all due credit of course). I wanted to talk about Toshogu for a while, but the picture I took were so awful, I couldn't bear to upload them. :p

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  2. No problem. Some were taken by others and not me (public photos).

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  3. If it isn't my two favorite bloggers, nihonshukyo and Tornadoes28. And I was just about to say the photo's were awesome, but was beaten to the punch.... Now what am I supposed to comment on.....umm nice font...

    Ha.

    -On a side note, I always thought the constant changing of names was very confusing, Any rhyme or reason to it?

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  4. If you are referring to the shogun's names changing, I am actually not certain. I am interested to find out so I will research it.

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  5. A recent visit to Nikko.

    http://bwhaleyjapan.blogspot.com/

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