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Many Japanese associate Yoshino with cherry blossoms. Each of the four areas is called ‘Hitome Senbon’ (a place one can look over 1,000 cherry trees at a glance) and given the name ‘Shimosenbon,’ ‘Nakasenbon,’ ‘Kamisenbon,’ and ‘Okusenbon,’ respectively. People had been planting cherry trees for their religious piety of the place of Yoshino, so Yoshino became a place famous for its cherry blossoms. I walked down from Saigyo-an to Zaodo hall, and stopped at some temples and shrine at Yoshino.

Yoshino Mikumari shrine

Yoshino Mikumari shrine

Yoshino Mikumari shrine

Yoshino Mikumari shrine

cherry blossoms at Yoshino

cherry blossoms at Yoshino

cherry blossoms at Yoshino

cherry blossoms at Yoshino

cherry blossoms and Zaodo hall

cherry blossoms and Zaodo hall

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cherry blossoms at Yoshino

cherry blossoms at Yoshino

Yoshino's blossoms

Yoshino's blossoms

Masatsura Kusunoki

In 1346, Masatsura Kusunoki, the young samurai captain for the Emperor Godaigo, visited this temple and mausoleum before the fighting against Takauji Ashikaga. Masatsura wrote down a farewell poem with the arrowhead to express his desperate feeling on the temple’s door. “I think I can not return alive this battle, so I wrote down my name on the necrology and I’m going. —It was his last poem that is still seen at the temple. He and his brother Masatoki was killed at Osaka.

Emperor Godaigo's mausoleum

Emperor Godaigo’s mausoleum. Godaigodefeated the arbitrary Hojyo shogunate and carried out the Kenmu Restoration in the third year of Genko. But Takauji Ashikaga resisted the emperor. Therefore he had to escape from Kyoto to Yoshino. Even though he eagered to defeat Takauji and to come back to Kyoto, he became ill and passed away at Yoshino. This is administered by the Imperial Household Agency.

Nyoirinji temple

Nyoirinji temple

Kounonaishi's Shijyou-duka

Emperor Gomurakami’s maid of honor, Bennonaishi was a fiancee of Masatsura Kusunoki. After he was killed, she became nun, and buried her hair here.

cherry blossoms at Nyoirinji temple

cherry blossoms at Nyoirinji temple

Tahouto pagoda at Nyoirinji temple

Tahouto pagoda at Nyoirinji temple

the view from Nyoirinji temple

the nice view from Nyoirinji temple

Nyoirinji temple

Nyoirinji temple

statue of Ennogyojya at Nyoirinji temple

statue of Ennogyojya at Nyoirinji temple

the view of Nyoirinji temple and cherry blossoms

the view of Nyoirinji temple and cherry blossoms

Sakuramotobou

Prince Oama dreamed that great cherry blossoms bloomed in the snowy Yoshino. The monk Kakujyo interpreted this dream that he would become the emperor. Next year, Oama became the emperor Tenmu after winning the Jinshin revolt in 671. He came to Yoshino and met the cherry tree that he had dreamed, and constructed this Sakuramotobou temple. They are drums for the ceremony of Buddha’s birthday.

Sakuramotobou

Sakuramotobou

mountaineering ascetics at Sakuramotobou

mountaineering ascetics at Sakuramotobou

a herbal medicine drug store at Yoshino

a herbal medicine drug store at Yoshino

Tenmangu Shrine of Yoshino

Tenmangu Shrine of Yoshino

Stone guard dog at Tenmangu Shrine of Yoshino

Stone gard dog at Tenmangu Shrine of Yoshino