Posts Tagged ‘Tokugawa Ieyasu’

Enkoji temple (圓 光寺) is one of the nicer places to go for autumn maple-leaf viewing.  The temple was founded as a place for scholarship and learning in 1601 by Tokugawa Ieyasu.  It was originally in Fushimi, in the southern part of Kyoto, but in 1667 the temple was moved to its current location near […]

kyoto: kodai-ji


Kodai-ji temple was founded in 1605 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (popularly known as Nene), the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, in memory of her late husband. It was heavily financed by Tokugawa Ieyasu, “Hideyoshi’s chief vassal and later Shogun of Japan” (from the pamphlet). While the provenance of Kodai-ji is interesting, its most striking aspect is its beautiful […]

Okay, I admit it! There’s actually no picture of Toshogu Shrine (東照宮) itself here. But there is this lovely picture of the Kanei-ji pagoda taken from the shrine grounds. In fact, the main shrine building is quite beautiful, but it was being very unphotogenic on this rainy, gloomy day. Toshogu is a shrine dedicated to […]

On the first of February, Bill Weinberg took the fast train down from Tokyo to spend a few days in the Kansai region. Weinberg, who my colleague and neighbor Richard first came into contact with via the internet, is the author of Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico, among other books. He […]