-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
When I was traveling by Fukutoshin line (副都心線, a subway line) the other day, I thought of an idea of making an unscheduled stop at Zoshigaya (雑司が谷) station adjacent to Kishibojin-mae (鬼子母神前) station of Toden Arakawa line (都電荒川線).
Toden Arakawa line is one of few streetcar lines in Tokyo, which is only one operated by The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation.
There is Kishimojin Temple near the station. It’s a very famous place, but I’d never been to in the past. (According to the temple’s official HP, it refers to oneself as KishiMOjin, not KishiBOjin, so I use MO version when I refer to the temple.)
A gateway street to the temple was within just a thirty seconds walk in a westward direction from the streetcar station.
The old houses along the gateway street are now used as a tourist information center and café.
Dagashi-ya (駄菓子屋, a candy stand) inside the temple grounds
According to the historical trail on the HP, a small building in which to put a statue of Kishimojin (holds pomegranate bark in the right hand) was originally established in 1578, and then this main hall was built in 1664. Kishimojin (Hariti in Sanskrit) is a Buddhist goddess for easy birthing and the protection of children. In the mythology, Kishimojin was once a cannibalistic demon that stole and killed children, and later, she took refuge in the Buddha and became the goddess.
Lucky me! The fortune said that I’m going to have excellent luck!
It was just a short hour of stroll, but I felt as if I were taking a trip.