Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Shortly after moving here, we went to a nearby shrine all the locals said we need to see. We hiked up the steps for about thirty minutes and didn't even go into the shrine. By the time we had lunch outside the shrine the girls were down with the outing. I did a post about it awhile back, if you want to look at pictures. Eric had another opportunity when his brother and sister in law were here two weekends ago. I stayed home while Chloe napped and Eric and Etta went as tour guides.
A little more information about the shrine: In accordance with the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu's last wishes, his remains were entombed here in a magnificent shrine built just for the purpose. Built in the "Gongen" style, the structures are painted in vivid colors and many have been designated "National Cultural Assets". Additionally, on the grounds is the Toshogu Museum, in which various artifacts and treasures are on display.
WeiRong, Eric, and Etta in front of the torii gate. Ready to take the 1159 steps to the top.
Etta climbed the entire way up
Still on their way to the top, stopping for a picture of the great view
Overlooking Kuno, Etta's school is down there to the right
Pictures of the shrine

A nice view from the shrine of Kuno
Etta looking a little tired with Aunt WeiRong
Etta was carried all the way down to prevent any major falls (since the girls have had more than their share of accidents lately).
I enjoyed my little reprieve while Chloe napped and everyone else was sightseeing. Hope you enjoyed more photos of Kunozan. I've been slow to post lately, but we've been slightly busy. We're going to Tokyo next weekend during a Japanese holiday. Hopefully we have fun and have some good stuff to blog about.


Jill said...

Can't wait to hear about your Tokyo trip, takes lots of pictures. I bet there is Starbucks in Tokyo!!

Christy said...

We have two in Shizuoka (that I know of). Whenever we go to the big shopping mall we frequently stop at Starbucks because it's like being back in the states! Not sure what we are going to do in Tokyo yet, but surely we should have a good time, as long as it doesn't rain.