Item No: facjp00037
Title: No.7 "Fujisawa: Yugyoji" from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido
Print and Picture Collection
"Fujisawa, which is about four miles from Tatsuka, was famous in the Edo period as the location of the Yugyo-ji, a temple establiched in 1325 , and as the approach to Enoshima, an islan just off the nearby coast which could be reached on foot at low tide. The Yugyo-ji was one of the greatest centers of Buddhism along the Tokaido, while Enoshima was the center of the cult deity named Benzaiten. For this reason, the town was a constantly thronged with religious pilgrims."
from "The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido by Hiroshige", Tokyo, Japan. Heibonsha Ltd., Publishers, 1960. plate 7
note card with print
Fujisawa: Yugyoji. Officially known as Shojokoji, this temple was founded in 1325 to be the central seat of an itinerant sect of Buddhist priests. The giant ginko tree still towers over the temple grounds. Shown here a group of blind men are approaching the huge torri in the forground that indicates the beginning of the road to the Enoshima Benten, another place of pilgrimage. In ancient times, the locality was known as Togamigahara and was the subject of a number of poems such as "Passing throught Togamigahara, I hear the cry of a deer carried by the wind that blows through the dew-covered wild grass."
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Woodblock Prints - The Fifty-three Stations of the T?kaid? Road
Hiroshige, Utagawa, 1797-1858 - Artist