Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple, Ueno Park, Tokyo

Kiyomizu Kannon-do temple at Ueno Park, Tokyo enshrines Kosodate Kannon, protector of childbearing and child-raising. Women hoping to become pregnant come here to ask for the goddess's mercy, and those whose wishes have been fulfilled return to pray for their child's good health and protection. Many leave behind dolls as symbols of their children. Once a year, on September 25, a requiem service is held for all the dolls at the temple, after which they are burn. (read more about it here).

Front side
One of the oldest temples in Tokyo

Dragon near the water fountain 

Japanese maple 

Prayer boards

View from the balcony

From the balcony


I came here not to pray, because obviously, I don't want to have children. The temple itself is said to be a smaller scale replica of a temple in Kyoto. Maybe someday I'll visit the one in Kyoto.


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