Today is my last day in Tokyo and i wanted to do something special for the people i care of so i went to Gotokuji Temple.
In all guides you can check, this temple is known for its thousands of Maneki-Neko left by visitors in tribute to its protector but also to attract luck 🐱
In fact the very history of the temple is the one of a very poor monk and his beloved cat. It's a kind of long story but let's resume it as the cat saved its owner life by waving his paw at some samouraïs approach near the shabby hut he shared with the monk.
The samouraïs were curious of this cat waving its paw and went to meet the monk. While they were having tea and listening to the monk preaching sanze inga no hou, a huge tempest came. They thought they have been saved by the cat and delighted by the monk's preach, they offer to the monk rice fields, lands and gold to built a temple.
The monk was so grateful to his cat that he made him protector of the temple 🐱
In Tokyo and around, the temple is known as a symbol of household serenity, business prosperity and fullfilment of wishes 🐾
So today i left 4 maneki nekos for my family, all my friends wherever they are (and some are just here on Instagram ❤️) , all my colleagues at Uniqlo and FR group and...me 🐾🇯🇵 to wish us all the best of luck.
Посоветую вам наверное парк Ueno в Токио, тут есть всё, начиная от музеев, зоопарков, цветущей сакуры, ресторанчиков национальной кухни, храмов, заканчивая садами пионов и т.д.. Очень комфортный и с детьми само то! Да и без детей думаю стоит того! #tokyo#tokyocity#japan#sakura#ueno
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Тории с японского - птичий насест-это ритуальные врата, устанавливаемые перед святилищами японской религии синто. Традиционно они представляют собой выкрашенные в красный цвет ворота без створок, из двух столбов, соединённых поверху двумя перекладинами. Верхняя перекладина тории носит название «касаги», а нижняя, расположенная сразу под ней, называется «нуки». Можно сказать это врата желаний, которые обязательно сбудутся!))) #tokyo#tokyocity#japan#sakura
I am going to tell you a story, a true one & while at it, I ll also try to describe its beauty.
The place in the pic is a visual gem 💎 & it’s called “The temple of Hapshepsut”. The beauty is inexplicable.
I ll do the best I can to describe this place without doing any injustice to the beauty that it is
- Close your eyes and imagine a desert 🏜
- Think of a parched landscape, like a really vast landscape. And all you see is the same arid dry, brown landscape without any color pollution
- On one end, you see a Rocky Mountain ⛰ / a temple which was so constructed eons ago. Climb the stairs to the top of the temple & turn around to see, probably the most aesthetically pleasing landscape ever!
- The best example I can give is probably imagining oneself in a 3D IMAX theater with dry parched land, absolutely clear blue sky, brown color tint for as far as long as one can see and a ghoulish, bassy wind breeze trying to tell a story. This place just engulfs you with its beauty!
This is a playground for any photographer and rightfully so there are tons of photographs of this beauty online. Every photographer has his own digital story to tell about this temple and each story is just as beautiful.
Legend has it that Hatshepsut was so powerful and famous even after her death that king 🤴 Thutmose destroyed her sculptures all over Egypt to wipe her legacy out. But to this day, her legacy lives on in her surviving architectural achievements throughout Egypt.
Oh and by the way, I know for a fact that I didn’t do justice in describing how beautiful this place is.