Friday, May 1, 2015

(798) To Nikko my sisters, to Nikko!


The city of Nikko (日光) in Tochigi (栃木) Prefecture is famous for Toshogu (東照宮), the mausoleum of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) founder of the dynasty that ruled Japan from 1600 to 1868. In Toshogu there are two famous wood sculptures, the one featuring a cat and the other the three famou monkeys (See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil). Of course if you don't know all these and you don't know Japanese so you can understand that "moude" means "詣" i.e. "visiting a temple or shrine" you won't get what this insignia means when you see it on the train of the Tobu railroad company that goes there.

(For a bigger version of this picture both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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