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T?g? Shrine, Tokyo

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Toshogu Shrine

Here is where people come to pay their respects to the man who made Edo (present day Tokyo) the seat of his government and thus elevated this small village to the most important city in the country. Toshogu Shrine was erected in 1651 and is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate and is the only shrine in Tokyo that has been designated a National Treasure. Like Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, it boasts some of the same richly carved, ornate design favored by the Tokugawas. Remarkably, it survived the civil war of 1868, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and even World War II. The pathway to the shrine was lined with massive stone lanterns and inside I saw some exquisite art, including murals by famous Edo artist, Kano Tan-yu and samurai armour worn by Ieyasu himself. A definite must when in Tokyo. [more ]

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