January 13, 2008

Kawagoe (January 13th)

"Toki no Kane" (Bell tower for announcing the time.)
A symbol of Kawagoe.

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.


"Toki no Kane", the bell tower.

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


Naritasan temple, one of the seven temples we visited.

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

Kitain temple.

Anas penelope (Hidori-gamo, Wigeon) at the Shinkashi river.

Chimonanthus praecox form. concolor (Soshin Roubai)

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.


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.