January 13, 2008

Kawagoe (January 13th)


"Toki no Kane" (Bell tower for announcing the time.)
A symbol of Kawagoe.
川越のシンボル、時の鐘。

Today we went to see some older facades of Kawagoe, Saitama. Kawagoe is the one of the cities called "Ko Edo" (small Edo). There are the temples, which enshrine each member of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune (Shichifukujin), so we walked around the city seeing the older buildings and stopped by all the seven temples to wish our good luck this year.

小江戸として知られる川越の街を歩いてきました。七福神めぐりのコースをたどりつつ、時折、道に迷いながらも七つのお寺全てにお参りすることができました。


"Toki no Kane", the bell tower.


A facade of shop showing the older storage, "Kura".


蔵造りの街並み。


Naritasan temple, one of the seven temples we visited.
恵比須天を祀る成田山。


A pagoda at Kitain temple, one of the seven temples.


Kitain temple.
喜多院には大黒天が祀られています。


Anas penelope (Hidori-gamo, Wigeon) at the Shinkashi river.
道に迷ってたどり着いた新河岸川沿いでくつろぐヒドリガモ。


Chimonanthus praecox form. concolor (Soshin Roubai)
毘沙門天を祀る妙善寺ではこんなに鮮やかなロウバイが咲いていました。


All the seven temples have the stamps for each God.
The Seven Gods are Bishamon-ten, Ju-roujin, Daikoku-ten, Ebisu-ten, Fukurokuju-jin, Hotei-son, Benzai-ten.
七福神めぐりでスタンプを集めてきました。ちょっと素敵なスタンプだと思いませんか?

3 comments:

jannx said...

Hello Kazuya. Very nice photos. I visited Kawagoe. A teacher at a junior high school took me on a tour of the area. I remember the bell tower. Thanks for the memories.

bioskop said...

A Happy New Year, Joel! Thank you for the comments.

jannx said...

Happy New Year Kazuya! Thank you for helping me with my fond memories of life in Japan.