The Yushima Seido historic site was founded in 1690 by Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, the fifth shogun, to promote Confucianism. Confucianism, the thought advocated by Confucius in China, has been a major influence for over 2,500 years. From Ochanomizu Station crosssing Hijiri Bridge, and it is located in forest on the right hand side.
Along with Yushima Tenjin, it is a place where attracts students praying for success in exams. Good luck pencils for passing exams are also available at the shop, and are popular items for overseas visitors to take them back home.
The black-painted buildings are reminiscent of those found in China and Taiwan. When I visited, there were people doing qigong exercises in the front yard. Full of exoticism.
On Saturdays and Sundays, you can enter the Taiseiden for 200 yen admission fee. A statue of Confucius in the center of the hall. Statues of the four wise men are enshrined on the left and right. At first glance, it looks like an antique shop, but we recommend going inside.
An imaginary spiritual beast Kiryushi. It seems that it appears in the virtue of a saint like Confucius. Fascinating creature. His shoulder muscles are macho, dignified, and cool.
This is also a connotation, Yuuzanoki. “When empty, it tilts. When filled with water in moderation, it stands straight. When filled with too much water, it overturns and spills everything.” It will be something that preaches the importance of moderation. It made me critically think.
After passing through the quiet forest, the world’s largest bronze statue of Confucius rises. It came out so suddenly that I was quite surprised. 4.57 meters high, huge.
Good casual French Restaurant
There is a delicious French Restaurant right across the road. “Terroir Kawabata“. It’s a popular restaurant, so be sure to make a reservation. Enjoy!
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