Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Ningyōchō
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Suginomori Jinja (椙森神社)
One of the oldest shrines in Tokyo, held to be roughly 1,000 years old. In the Edo Period this was one of three lottery shrines in the city, lotteries were done here to raise funds for the shrine. This is a stop on the local Shichifukujin pilgrimage as Ebisu is enshrined here. The Ebisugami Festival is held in October. The shrine is also noted for its reitaisai, or grand festival, held every three years, 2018, 2021, etc., when a 1.4 ton mikoshi is carried through the streets. There is a regular annual festival held on varying days in May.
Musée Hamaguchi Yōzō: Yamasa Collection (ミュゼ浜口陽三・ヤマサコレクション)
Coming from a family with several artists in its history and being the third son of the president of the Yamasa Shōyu company Yōzō Hamaguchi went on to become one of the world's most famous mezzotint artists. Among other things he developed the color mezzotint technique now used by many. He spent most of his career in Paris and San Francisco with a period in Japan from 1939-1953. He returned to Japan in 1996 and passed away in 2000. The museum opened in 1998, is operated by the Yamasa corporation and was set up with Yōzō's approval. The collection includes not only prints by him and his wife Keiko Minami, it also includes tools, various photographs, and occasional displays of works by other artists. There is also a cafe attached to the museum.
Founded in 1930 and specializing in generous servings of sesame fried tempura, they serve a few other dishes such as sashimi and oyakodon. Their special sauce is from a batch that has been added to year after year since they were founded. This place has a relaxed environment with Western style seating.
The restaurant has had a specialty in one dish aigamo sukiyaki since they opened in 1872. Aigamo sukiyaki is made with the meat of a duck that is the offspring resulting from crossbreeding a wild and a domestic duck. The restaurant was renovated in 2005 and has both traditional at horigotatsu and Western seating. It is sometimes referred to as Sukiyaki Toriyasu.
Yagenbori Fudōin (薬研堀不動院)
One of the major Fudō Myōō temples of Tokyo and a branch of Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji, a major Shingon temple in Kawasaki. The main object of veneration here is a Fudō statue from the 12th century which was brought to Edo in 1585 after the temple it was in was burned down in a battle. As the statue was carried in a wicker box the statue came to be called the Tsuzura Fudō Myōō, that is "Fudō Myōō in a wicker box" The temple itself is on a small plot of land and shaped like a pagoda with a long stairway leading to it. Around December 28 there is the Toshi no Ichi, a three-day fair held here.
Created July 10, 2919 | Content last updated
May 10, 2019