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Published : September 20, 2007
Kaneiji Temple


At the monk Tenkai's (Jigen Daishi) suggestion, the living quarters of Kan-eiji Temple, or Toeizan Kan-eiji Temple of the Tendai Sect of Buddhism, was founded in 1625 as a guardian temple, which protects the northeastern quarter of Edo Castle. "Toeizan" means the east "Hieizan." The temple was named "Kan-eiji" because it was built in the Kan-ei Era. The temple flourished as the family temple of the Tokugawa shoguns, graves of which are also located in Zojoji Temple, and had the Endon-in quarters and some smaller temples in its precincts. However, most of them were burnt down during so-called "Battle of Ueno," which was fought in 1868 between the government army and the Shogitai. The main hall of the temple was originally located at Kitain Temple in Kawagoe City and later moved to the present location in 1879. (Ueno Sakuragi 1-chome, Taito City)


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Kaneiji Temple still remains in the history.

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Kan-eiji Temple

Nothing gives more evidence of the great change from the Edo to Meiji Period and the history of Taisho and Showa Periods than the woods of Ueno. Kan-eiji Temple has always been the center of that history. The temple prospered as the family temple of the Tokugawa shoguns, and the Ueno area was thronged as a temple town in the Edo Period. "Hundred View of Edo" painted by Hiroshige Utagawa (Hiroshige Ando) captures the mood of bustle.

Hiroshige Utagawa, "Meisho Edo hyakkei: Ueno yamashita"

Hiroshige Utagawa, "Meisho Edo hyakkei: Ueno Kiyomizu-do Shinobazu no ike"

Hiroshige Utagawa, "Meisho Edo hyakkei: Ueno yamashita"

Hiroshige Utagawa, "Meisho Edo hyakkei: Ueno Kiyomizu-do Shinobazu no ike"

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