A couple of years ago I passed through the tiny town of Rendaiji in Shimoda City located in Shizuoka Prefecture to the west of Tokyo. It is a tiny village beautifully nestled in the mountains of Izu. Not really famous for very much, it is way off all tourists maps and in my walk in the village I didn’t see any other tourists although there should have been, as I later learned that there is a very popular onsen or hot spring in the area. Rendaiji is reached by walking for quite a bit from the station with the same name on the Izu Kyuko Line, between two and three hours from Tokyo by train.
Jimbocho, the area in central Tokyo famous for antique (and used, and new) bookstores might be heaven on Earth for book lovers, but there is room for more! I found this lovely little store specialized in brushes, all kinds of brushes for every imaginable purpose and of every imaginable material. Every brush had a tag attached to it, describing exactly what it was made from and why. Naturally I have a few brushes of my own, mainly for shoes and sometimes I see the kimono brush in use but I had no idea there were these many variants! In Tokyo truly there is a specialist store for anything you can imagine.
Some more photos of the nearly 400 years old Gokokuji temple in Tokyo’s culture rich Bunkyo ward. I took these a few weeks ago and the trees have yet to shoot any leaves but it was a brilliant day and I seldom pass the area so I took my chance. The tample is located on a simply huge piece of land for being central Tokyo and if you take of your shoes you are free to enjoy the stillness, the sounds and the smells of the main temple building.