Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist Temple October 7, 2014
On our way back to the Tsukiji subway station, we were drawn to the Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. I looked at the edifice and I felt like I've seen it in a dream before. We just had to check it out.
The building's noteworthy architecture showed hints of Hindu Buddhist design. In contrast to the nearby bustling Tsukiji Market, this place was very solemn.
At the entrance, a friendly monk gave wide grins as he welcomed guests. He also handed out keepsakes: a lemon-shaped piece of paper featuring the white tiger or byakko, a mythological creature. Legend has it that the white tiger will only appear when there is peace throughout the world. I wish I understood the meaning of the Japanese inscription on the back of the paper.
The main worship hall or Hondo was astonishing with the elaborate detail from floor to ceiling. It was like opening a treasure chest that was brimming with gold.
It was definitely worth the quick visit. Before leaving the temple, we took a few more pictures of the unique architectural details.
If you'd like to learn more, here are additional resources with great photos about Tsukiji Hongwanji: http://www.tsukijihongwanji.jp/eng/?fr=navi http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot/shritemp/tsukijihonganji.html http://mcha-jp.com/5432
This story was continued from To Market, To Market.