The priest, Tenka, established this temple for the protection of Edo Castle, then the center of feudal government and ... More
Ryusenji Temple (Meguro Fudo)
The priest, Tenka, established this temple for the protection of Edo Castle, then the center of feudal government and commerce in Japan. It was supported by the Tokugawas throughout the Edo period, till the mid-19th century. The temple pays tribute to the god Fudo. A major Buddhist priest, Ennin, made a carving of Fudo (now preserved here) after seeing him in a dream that he had in Meguro.
We live around the corner of Ryusenji and I remember how amazed we are the first time we 'discovered' there was this temple in our neighbourhood! Only recently we found out that it's the oldest of it's kind in the Kanto region. Before you enter the stairs that lead to the temple there's a big space, with a small pond where visitors come and splatter water against a statue (perhaps the God Fudo?). The temple self is fairly big, yet humble, and has some nice ceiling paintings. Great peaceful atmosphere. Some sakura (cherryblossoms) make the Japanese picture complete in springtime. Worth a visit if you're in the neighbourhood. Go check out the shotengai (local shoppingstreet) in Musashi Koyama while you're at it!
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