Zojiji Temple

This is Zojiji temple in Tokyo. It was first founded in 1393 and moved to the present site in 1598 as the family temple of the ruling shogun Tokugawa family, though most of the original buildings were destroyed in WWII.

This is original main gate, the Sangedatsumon, which dates from 1622. The large tree in the centre was planted by US president Ulysses S Grant.

This is the main hall, built in 1974, with Tokyo Tower in the background.

Behind the main buildings are hundreds of Jizo statues which commemorate stillborn or aborted children.

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