Translated by Miri S.
Overlook One Hundred Famous Views of Edo from the stage of Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple
Written by Takuro Komatsuzaki
Just like Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto! Overlook the famous One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
At the southernmost part of Ueno Onshi Park, on the cliff overlooking Shinobazu Pond, there is a gorgeous temple with a vermilion-lacquered stage. This is "Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple".
It was one of the buildings that existed in the broad grounds of Kaneiji Temple in Edo period. Although most of the buildings were burnt down during the Japanese civil war between Imperial and shogunate forces (The Boshin War), Kiyomizu Kannonn-do survived.
Utagawa Hiroshige's series of Japanese woodblock prints "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" Ueno Kiyomizu-do Shinobazu Pond
As it still retains the original features now, you can see the crimson stage. It is said that Kiyomizu Kannon-do was built on the cliff with a good view in imitation of the famous Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto.
Utagawa Hiroshige's series of Japanese woodblock prints "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" Moon Pine, Ueno (Ueno sannai Tsuki no Matsu)
The pine tree with the twisting branches has actually existed since Edo period.
You can see Benten-do Temple with a blue roof in the distance and Shinobazu Pond surrounding the temple. I was very impressed to see "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo", which have been loved by people from Edo Period.
In spring, "Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple" is filled with full-bloomed pink cherry blossoms. It is said that the splendid view from the stage also has a certain history.
Sake no yoi Akiiro
You can feel the atmosphere like "let's enjoy the view of Edo by drinking and enjoying cherry blossoms"
Oaki, a daughter of a confectionery store at Nihonbashi Koami-cho, composed this haiku in Genroku era to describe the ambience of Ueno Park, full of cherry-blossom viewers. This haiku, tied to a branch of a cherry tree, instantly became famous in Edo.
Enjoy cherry blossoms and drink with friends and family. These traditional customs still remain as a popular culture.
Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple
Address：5-20, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Station：Near Park Exit of JR Ueno station