Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Yanaka, the twice-burned pagoda

In Tokyo's Yanaka district, on the grounds of the Yanaka Cemetery, once stood a pagoda. Originally built in 1664, the Yanaka Pagoda burned down in 1771 but was rebuilt in 1791.

After standing for over 160 years, however, the pagoda burned down once again, this time in a sad, bizarre case of double-suicide arson. Today, only the foundation remains.

The late pagoda in wintertime. Another nice image can be found here.

—Mellow Monk

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