16.YUSHIMA-SEIDOH TEMPLE

  /Historic spot, school was made in the Edo period



I wonder why this seems familiar, but this is my first visit. I am sure immediately this is not deja-vu, I have seen a place like this on an old Kung-fu movie of Jackie Chan! The key is Confucianism.
Tokugawa 5th Shogun Ietsuna ordered construction of the Yushima-Seido temple and dedicated this to Confucius with the promotion of Confucianism here in the Edo period in 1690. He also commanded to move the private school of the Hayashi family from Ueno to this place. The holy house was dedicated to Confucius in Hayashi’s garden. These are the origins of the Yushima-Seidoh temple.
In 1797 this school was under the direct supervision of the government of the Edo-shogun. It became known as a world famous school named ‘Shouhei-ko” until the early of the Meiji period 1871. The reason for closing was the change of education system by new government.

After that, almost all of Yushima-seido temple was destroyed by fire of the great earthquake that hit the Tokyo area in 1923. But one of the gates “Nyutoku-mon” and the washing place of tea goods for Japanese tea ceremony, “Mizuya” were not destroyed, and still remain today. Other buildings were re-constructed using concrete in 1935, and were repaired in 1986.


INFORMATION

・Phone: 03-3251-4606
・Location: 1-4-25 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (5 min. walk from Ocha-nomizu Sta., 7 min. walk from Akihabara Sta.)
・Open: 9:30-17:00 (Winter season 9:30-16:00)/Closed13-17 Aug & 29-31 Dec.
www.seido.or.jp/yushima.html

 

湯島聖堂/日本最古の学校の一つ

元禄3年(1690)、徳川五代将軍綱吉が儒学の振興を図るため聖堂を創建。上野忍岡の林家私邸にあった廟殿と林家の家塾をここに移したのが「湯島聖堂」の始まりで、大正11年(1922)国の史跡に指定された。神社仏閣とはまたちがう落ち着いた雰囲気で、通路や階段で一休みがおすすめです。土日祝の10時からは大成殿が公開される。