Panorama TOKYO : Gokokuji  

The 5th Tokugawa Shogun Tsunayoshi built the Gokokuji Temple for his mother Keishoin in 1681. The main temple and the guest house have been designated as important cultural properties of Japan. Most of buildings of the temple are located on the heights, where the Edo people were able to get a panoramic view with the Edo Castle beyond the Otowa Street once in the Edo period. It is interesting for us that we imagine the past view standing at the top of the approach steps on the hillside.

Tokyo got much snow in January 2001. In particular, traffic was held up because of the heavy snow on January 27th. I enjoyed seeing the fantastic scenery covered with snow in the precincts of the temple, though. You should have feelings of nostalgia for the Edo period in the silent scenery. It was the snowest winter for three years in Tokyo.

Subway Yurakucho Line: Gokokuji Sta.

panoramic camera : NOBLEX 135 U (NOBLAR T 29mm/F4.5)
picture angle : 130 degrees (horizontal)
exposure : F5.6 , 1/15 sec.
film sensitivity : ISO 100
shot : January 2001

updated : August 28, 2005
released : February 1, 2001

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