Wonderful Japan – Tokyo

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

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Tokyo, formerly known as Edo, now officially known as Tokyo Metropolis, is the capital of Japan. It is also the busiest and largest city in Japan. Under Japanese law, Tokyo is designated as a to, meaning metropolis. This beautiful city is also the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the government. Tokyo has been the seat of government since 1603, when the city was turned into the headquarters of Shogun Tokugawa leyasu. A shogun was the military ruler of Japan. They were also the de facto rulers of the country in the name of the Emperor. It became the capital of the country in 1868 after Emperor Meiji moved his seat here. During that time, Edo was renamed Tokyo. Tokyo was also known as “Tokei.”

 

History

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Originally, Tokyo was a fishing village, known as Edo, guarded by the Edo clan. Later, in 1590, Shogun Tokugawa leyasu turned Edo into his base. In 1603, he was promoted as a shogun, and the town was transformed into the center of his military government. By the 18th century, Edo progressed into one of the biggest cities in the world with close to one million citizens. Although the Emperor lived in the imperial capital, known as Kyoto, Tokyo managed to rise into the de facto capital of Japan.

Also, during this period, the city of Tokyo enjoyed a long duration of peace, known as the Pax Tokugawa. To preserve that peace, Edo had a firm policy of seclusion, which helped to prolong the period of Pax Tokugawa. The absence of serious military threats and war allowed Edo to allocate the resources to rebuilding when natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis struck. One of the major disasters in the late Edo period was the 1855 Edo earthquake. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami, causing a death toll of between 7,000 and 10,000 people.

After about 263 years, the period of Pax Tokugawa came to an end, when the American Commodore, Matthew C. Perry, negotiated the opening of the Shimoda and Hakodate ports, which led to the inflation of goods. Due to the high expense, it triggered a public uproar. Citizens of Edo were extremely upset. Rebellious demonstrations took place, and supporters of the Meiji Emperor took advantage of the situation and managed to overthrow the last Tokugawa shogun, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, in 1867.

Later, in 1869, the city was renamed Tokyo when the 17-year-old Emperor Meiji moved in. Tokyo was separated into two sections, Shitamachi and Yamanote. Tokyo was already the cultural and political center of the nation, and with the Emperor’s presence in the city, it became a de facto imperial capital. Where the Imperial Palace resides now was where the former Edo castle was located. On May 1, 1889 the city of Tokyo was established officially.

In 1944 and 1945, during World War Two, the bombing of Tokyo started and an estimated 75,000 to 200,000 civilians were killed and more than half of the city was destroyed. Between May 9 and 10 in 1945, close to 700,000 incendiary bombs were set off, causing the destruction of over 276,000 buildings and the death toll rose to 100,000 civilians. During these years, more than half of the population were killed; the population of Tokyo dropped from 6,700,000 to merely 2,800,000.

After the war, Tokyo was fully reconstructed. The 1964 Summer Olympics was held there. During the 1970s, Tokyo rose into one of the fastest-growing cities. Its commuter rail network and subway became the most hectic public transportation system in the world. The International Olympic Committee has chosen Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will make it the first Asian city to host the Olympic Games twice.

 

Location

Location of Japan. Click on image to enlarge.

Location of Japan. Click on image to enlarge.

The mainland section of Tokyo lies northwest of Tokyo Bay. The average elevation in Tokyo is about 40 metres. Chiba Prefecture borders it to the east, Yamanashi to the West, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north. Tokyo is further divided into 23 special wards. Tokyo is made up of 26 cities, 5 towns, and 8 villages, and each of these places has their respective local government.

The special wards of Tokyo are:

Adachi Arakawa
Bunkyo Chiyoda
Chuo Edogawa
Itabashi Katsushika
Kita Koto
Meguro Minato
Nakano Nerima
Ota Setagaya
Shibuya Shinagawa
Shinjuku Suginami
Sumida Taito
Toshima

Twenty-six cities lie within the western part of Tokyo:

Akiruno Akishima
Chofu Fuchu
Fussa Hachioji
Hamura Higashikurume
Higashimurayama Higashiyamato
Hino Inagi
Kiyose Kodaira
Koganei Kokubunji
Komae Kunitachi
Machida Mitaka
Musashimurayama Musashino
Nishitokyo Ome
Tachikawa Tama
Map of Tokyo, Japan. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Tokyo, Japan. Click on image to enlarge.

Towards the far west of Tokyo is the Nishi-Tama district, and most places in this area are mountainous and unsuitable for urbanisation. The highest mountain in Tokyo is Mount Kumotori, standing at 2,017 metres high (6,617 feet); other mountains in Tokyo include Mount Takasu, Mount Odake, and Mount Mitake. Lake Okutama is Tokyo’s largest lake.

Tokyo also has numerous outlying islands. The Izu islands are a group of volcanic islands: Izu Oshima, Toshima, Nii-jima, Shikine-jima, Kozu-shima, Miyake-jima, Mikurajima, Hachijo-jima, and Aogashima. There are 37.8 million residents who reside within Tokyo and its special wards, making it the world’s largest urban area and agglomeration economy.

 

Weather

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The average temperature in Tokyo is 16 degrees Celsius, August being the hottest month and January the coldest. Tokyo has four distinct seasons: a mild spring and fall (autumn), a hot summer, and a winter with snowfall. The best time to visit Tokyo is during late spring (March to May) and late autumn (September to November), when there is little rainfall, skies are clear, and temperatures are moderate. It is also during these seasons that cherry blossoms and the beautiful hues of autumn leaves can be seen almost everywhere.

 

Culture

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The Japanese have one of the richest cultures around the world. Their distinctive Japanese arts and traditions cannot be underestimated. Within Tokyo, there are many museums, such as the Tokyo National Museum, which is the country’s largest museum featuring traditional Japanese art; the National Museum of Western Art and Ueno Zoo; National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation; Edo-Tokyo Museum and many more. Many celebrations take place all over Tokyo.

Events such as the Sanno at Hie Shrine, the Sanja at Asakusa Shrine, and the biennial Kanda Festivals are some of its major celebrations. Cuisine in Tokyo is internationally acclaimed. As of this day, Tokyo has been awarded 227 Michelin stars, making it the city with the most Michelin stars in the world.

 

Do’s and Don’ts

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DO’S

  • DO bow when people bow to you.
  • DO bow with your hands at your sides for men and boys, or with hands together in front of you for women and girls.
  • DO put your palms together and say “Itadakimasu” before eating. It is a polite way of expressing “Thank you for the meal I am about to receive.”
  • DO lift bowls of rice, noodles, and small plates off the table to make eating with chopsticks easier.
  • DO be adventurous with trying new kinds of food.
  • DO cover your mouth with your other hand when using a toothpick.
  • DO put your palms together and say “Gochiso sama deshita” after finishing a meal. It is a polite way of expressing “Thank you for all the effort in creating this feast”.
  • DO slurp noodles with broth, especially hot ones and those that are dipped in sauce.
  • DO say “Ojama shimasu” when entering a house which may be roughly translated as “I am going to disturb you.”
  • DO take your shoes off when entering a school, house, temple or shrine. If you see shoes at the entrance, take yours off too.

DON’TS

  • DON’T bow to children or after purchasing something at a store.
  • DON’T burp at the table. Unlike some Asian countries, burping is considered rude in Japan.
  • DON’T lift large plates off the table to eat out of them.
  • DON’T blow your nose at the table. Do it in the restroom.
  • DON’T over-slurp broth with every sip.
  • DON’T slurp noodles like spaghetti that do not have a broth or dipping sauce.
  • DON’T stab food with your chopsticks.
  • DON’T wave your chopsticks around as you talk.
  • DON’T tip. It can be insulting.

 

Facts on Tokyo

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1. World’s highest skywalk

The Tokyo Skytree is the highest free-standing tower, measured at 634 metres.

2. Largest metropolitan area

Tokyo is home to over 37 million residents.

3. City with the most Michelin Stars

Restaurants in Tokyo have been awarded a cumulative total of 227 Michelin stars: 14 restaurants have 3 stars; 53 restaurants have 2 stars; 160 restaurants have 1 star.

4. World’s largest fish market – Tsukiji

It also houses the world’s largest wholesale fish market. Fish from Tsukiji is shipped globally to restaurants all over the world. The main attraction here is the live tuna auction that takes place at 5am each morning.

5. Busiest station in the world- Shinjuku

An average of 3.64 million people pass by the cross section of Shinjuku each day.

 

Food

1. Sushi

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Sushi is undeniably one of Japan’s most popular cuisines that has spread all over the worldwide. It is made of vinegar-flavoured rice topped with either seafood or vegetables. Sushi is a traditional Japanese cuisine that can be found anywhere on the streets and alleys of Tokyo.

2. Soba

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Soba originated in the mid-Edo period and has risen to fame as a popular everyday dish. This noodle dish is made of buckwheat flour and is much touted for its health benefits. It can be eaten either hot or cold, and is often served with its special soy dipping sauce known as soba tsuyu.

3. Unagi (eel)

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Unagi is a common dish that can be found almost anywhere. Unagi is a freshwater eel and there are restaurants in Tokyo that specialise in the preparation of unagi. First, the fish is boiled and steamed, and later seasoned with its unique sauce before being grilled to bring out the flavour. It is served over plain white short-grain rice, or with noodles.

4. Chanko Nabe

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Chanko nabe is a specific type of dining within Japanese cuisine that developed from the diet of sumo wrestlers. High in protein, the food is designed to provide a lot of energy to these athletes whose nutritional intake is maximised to allow them to bulk up.

The best chanko nabe can be found in restaurants operated by former sumo wrestlers intimately familiar with the cuisine, and it is a Japanese hotpot comprising of mainly chicken or other meats like beef, and fresh vegetables. It is somewhat similar to the Chinese steamboat or hotpot but has its own unique Japanese twist.

5. Monja Yaki

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Monja yaki is made of flour batter, topped with shredded vegetables, especially lettuce, seafood and other meat, all cooked on a grill. It is normally eaten directly from the grill using a small spatula. The consistency of this dish is similar to melted cheese.

 

20 Great Places to Visit

 

1. Sensoji

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Sensoji is Tokyo’s oldest and largest ancient Buddhist temple, located in Asakusa. It is a major attraction for visitors and even the Japanese themselves. It was built in 645 in dedication to the Bodhisattva Kanon, known as Guan Yin in China and Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig in Tibet.

According to legend, there were two brothers who went fishing and they accidentally fished a statue of Bodhisattva Kanon out of the Sumida River. They returned the statue to the river, but no matter how often they returned the statue, it would always come back to them. Later, Sensoji was built around the area for the goddess Kanon.

Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: April-September 6am – 5pm ; October-March 6:30am – 5pm
Website: http://www.senso-ji.jp/about/index_e.html

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How to get there

By train

  • From Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Asakusa Station
  • From Toei Subway Asakusa Line to Asakusa Station

 

Accommodation

1. Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Address: 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0032
Contact: +81 3-5806-3155
Website: http://asakusa.richmondhotel.jp/

2. APA Hotel Asakusa Kuramae
Address: 2-4-6 Komagata, Taito, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0043
Contact: +81 3-5806-2111
Website: https://goo.gl/Poj93r

 

2. Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Meiji Shrine was built in 1920 to commemorate Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. There are a couple of attractions in the shrine: the Torii (shrine archway), Temizuya (water well), the main shrine building, the Treasure House and the Inner Garden. The original shrine was destroyed during World War II but was later restored shortly after that. There were close to 100,000 trees planted within its perimeter during the shrine’s construction.

Born in 1852, Emperor Meiji was the first emperor to ascend to the throne after Japan’s feudal era came to an end, and when the emperor was restored to power, he was considered the first emperor of modern Japan. The Meiji shrine is near Harajuku and Yoyogi Stations.

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free ; Treasure House and Inner Garden, 500 yen per pax.
Opening hours: 5:45am – 4:30pm
Website: http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/

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How to get there

By train

  • From Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line to Meiji Jingu Mae Station
  • From Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line to Meiji Jingu Mae Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Address: 2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku Shinjuku
Contact: +81-3-3375-3211
Website: http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp/en/

2. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Address: 6-24-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
Contact: +81 3-5774-5489
Website: http://dormyinn-shibuya-jingumae.h-rez.com

 

3. Imperial Palace and East Garden

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Previously, it housed the Edo Castle; it is now the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is generally open to the public, although the palace buildings and inner gardens are only open to public on January 2nd (New Year’s Greetings) and December 23rd (Emperor’s birthday) each year. The former Edo Castle was the residence of Shogun Tokugawa and Emperor Meiji. The East Garden of the Imperial Palace, which is part of the inner palace, is open to the public all year round.

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda Chiyodaku Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours:

  • From March 1 to April 14 – 9am – 4:30pm (entry up to 4pm)
  • From April 15 to the end of August – 9am– 5pm (entry up to 4:30pm)
  • From September 1 to the end of October – 9am – 4:30pm (entry up to 4pm)
  • From November 1 to the end of February – 9am – 4pm (entry up to 3:30pm)

Website: http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/eindex.html

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, JR to Tokyo Station
  • Tokyo Metro Tozai, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, Hanzomon Line to Ōtemachi Station (exit C13a – closer to East Garden)
  • Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line to Nijubashi-mae Station (exit 6)
  • Tokyo Metro Tozai Line to Takebashi Station (exit 1a – closer to Hirakawa-mon Gate and Kita-hanebashi-mon Gate)

 

Accommodation

1. Tokyu Stay Suidobashi
Address: 1-1-12 Misaki-cho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo, 101-0061
Contact: +81 3-3293-0109
Website: http://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/SUI/

2.Hotel Monterey Hanzomon
Address: 23-1 Ichibancho, Chiyoda 102-0082, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3556-7111
Website: http://www.hotelmonterey.co.jp/en/htl/hanzomon/

 

4. Tsukiji Fish Market

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Tsukiji Fish Market is the world’s largest wholesale seafood market. There are over 400 types of seafood that can be found here. One of the main attractions of this market is the Tuna Auction. The auction starts around 5am daily, and tickets are only open to 120 visitors each day. To watch the Tuna Auction, you are advised to stay near the Ginza area and take a cab to the area as trains are not available at this hour.

Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours:

  • Outer Market varies by shop but typically 5am – 2pm
  • Wholesale Area after 9am
  • Tuna Auction 5:35am – 6:15am (restricted to 120 visitors per day)

Website: http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukiji_e.htm

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to Tsukiji Station
  • Toei Subway Oedo Line to Tsukijishijou-mae Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Ryumeikan
Address: 103-0028 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Yaesu 1-3-22, Japan
Contact: +81 3-3271-0971
Website: https://www.ryumeikan-tokyo.jp/english/

2. Hotel Mystays Premier Hamamatsucho
Address: 105-0013 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku Hamamatsucho 1-8-5, Japan
Contact: +81 3-3432-2726
Website: https://www.mystays.com/en/hotel/tokyo/mystays-premier-hamamatsucho/

 

5. Tokyo Skytree

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Launched in May 2012, the Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting tower. It is the tallest building in Japan, standing at 634 metres in height. In the Sumida City ward, its two observation decks offer an amazing view over Tokyo. They stand at 350 metres and 450 metres, respectively.

There’s a huge shopping complex and an aquarium at the base of the tower. Within the tower, there is a souvenir shop and the Musashi Sky Restaurant on the middle floor. For tourists who have no fear of heights, you are advised to visit this beautifully structured tower.

Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Depend on the sites. Refer to official website.
Opening hours:

  • Observation Deck 8am – 10pm
  • Solamachi Shops 10am – 9pm
  • Solamachi Restaurants 11am – 11pm
  • Sumida Aquarium 9am – 9pm
  • Tenku Planetarium 11am – 9pm (Depend on the show schedule)

Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line & Toei Subway Asakusa Line to Oshiage Station
  • Tobu Skytree Line to Tokyo Skytree Station

 

Accommodation

1. Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Address: 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda 100-8558, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3504-1111
Website: http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/tokyo/

2. Palace Hotel Tokyo
Address: 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3211-5211
Website: http://en.palacehoteltokyo.com/

 

6. Tokyo Disneyland & Disneysea

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Tokyo Disneyland is a 115-acre theme park. It was opened in 1983 and was the first Disney theme park outside the United States. It is made of seven themed parks that feature seasonal parades and decorations. They are Adventureland, Critter Country, Westernland, Tomorrowland, World Bazaar, Fantasyland, and Toontown. Various exciting games and rides can be found here.

Tokyo Disneysea is the 4th most visited theme park around the world. It comprises seven theme parks, which are the Mystery Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Port Discovery, Mediterranean Harbour, Lost River Delta, and American Waterfront.

Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu 279-8511, Chiba Prefecture
Entrance fee: 1-Day Passport

  • Adult (18 and over) 6,900 yen
  • Junior (12-17) 6,000 yen
  • Child (4-11) 4,500 yen

Opening hours: Varies, check the official website
Website: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/

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How to get there

By train

  • JR Keiyo Line to Maihama Station
  • For Tokyo DisneySEA, take Disney Resort Line from Maihama Station and get off at Tokyo DisneySEA station

 

Accommodation

1. Mitsui Garden Hotel Prana Tokyo Bay
Address: 6-2 Akemi, Urayasu 279-0014, Chiba Prefecture
Contact: +81 47-382-3331
Website: https://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/eng/prana-tokyobay/

2. Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay
Address: 1-8-2 Mihama, Urayasu 279-0011, Chiba Prefecture
Contact: +81 47-350-8111
Website: https://www.oriental-hotel.co.jp/en/

 

7. Ueno Zoo

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Founded in 1882, Ueno Zoological Gardens is the oldest zoo in Japan. Over the years, the zoo has expanded to a staggering 35.2 acres, providing a large and comfortable living environment for its animals. The zoo is a home to over 3,000 animals from 400 different species and also provides visitors a fun learning experience in regards to its residents. Ueno Zoo has received a large number of its animals from abroad, including a giant panda named Ling Ling, who was brought over to Japan in 1972. After Ling Ling’s death in 2008, two other pandas named Shin Shin and Ri Ri then arrived at the zoo in 2011.

Within the zoo’s compound, there is also a five-storied pagoda and a tea ceremony house. The five-storied pagoda was built in 1631, then later rebuilt again after a fire destroyed the structure. Later in 1958, the owner gave the pagoda to Tokyo Metropolitan Government who later granted its management to Ueno Zoo.

The tea ceremony house was originally built in the 17th century to entertain shoguns and currently still stands on the zoo’s grounds.

Address: 9-83 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8711
Entrance fee:

  • 600 yen (adults 15-64 years old)
  • 300 yen (senior citizens)
  • 200 yen (children 12-14 years old)

Free entry on March 20 (Ueno Zoo Anniversary), May 4 (Midori no Hi) and October 1 (Tomin no Hi).
Opening hours: 9:30am – 5pm (last admission at 4pm). Hours are extended on special days. Closed on Monday, but open when Monday is a public holiday in Japan.
Website: https://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/ueno/index.html

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How to get there

  • Ueno Station on the Japan Rail Yamanote Line, Park Exit, 1 minute walk.
  • Ueno Station on the Ginza subway line, 5 minute walk.
  • Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei Honsen line, 1 minute walk.
  • Uguisudani Station on the JR Yamanote line, behind the Tokyo National Museum, 1 minute walk.

 

Accommodation

1. Ueno Hotel
Address: 7-12-9 Ueno, Taito 110-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-6231-7610
Website: http://www.uenohotel.jp/en/

2. Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno
Address: 3-19-7 Higashiueno, Taito 110-0015, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3839-1131
Website: https://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/eng/ueno/

 

8. Ginza

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Ginza is the most famous high-end dining, shopping, and entertainment district in Tokyo. Many branded shops like Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Bulgari and others can be found in the area. Most shops are open every day during the week. During afternoons on the weekend, the Chuo Dori street will be closed and turned into a pedestrian zone, which makes it easy and safe for visitors to walk on the streets.

Ginza is also known to have some of the world’s most expensive real estate. One square metre of the land in this district’s center can cost over ten million yen (about USD88,900).

Address: Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: Most of the shops are open from 10am – 10pm daily
Website: http://www.ginza.jp/en/

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi, Ginza & Hibiya Line to Ginza Station

 

Accommodation

1. Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ginza
Address: 1-13-15 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-5159-1380
Website: http://www.daiwaroynet.jp/english/ginza/

2. Tokyu Stay Ginza
Address: 4-10-5 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3541-0109
Website: http://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/GZ/

 

9. Yasukuni Shrine

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Yasukuni Shrine was built in 1869 to commemorate individuals, especially soldiers, who have sacrificed their lives to fight for the Emperor of Japan. The name, origin, and date of death for each individual is recorded in written form. There is a poem composed by Emperor Meiji that reads:

I assure those of you who fought and died for your country that your names will live forever at this shrine in Musashino.

The poem was composed when the Emperor visited Tokyo Shokonsha for the first time on January 27, 1874. Every year, from July 13 to 16, the Mitaka Matsuri festival is held at Yasukuni Shrine. It is one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan.

Address: 3-1-1 Kudankita Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 6am – 6pm daily
Website: http://www.yasukuni.or.jp/english/yushukan/

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Tozai & Hanzomon Line to Kudanshita Station
  • Toei Subway Shinjuku Line to Kudanshita Station
  • JR Sobu Line to Ichigaya and Iidabashi stations

 

Accommodation

1. Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Address: 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda 100-8558, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3504-1111
Website: http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/tokyo/

2. Palace Hotel Tokyo
Address: 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3211-5211
Website: http://en.palacehoteltokyo.com/

 

10. Akihabara

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Akihabara is Tokyo’s largest electric town in Japan, selling various electronic appliances. Whatever you need, from household to gaming related items, you can definitely find them here. This town is also well known for its manga or anime goods, and thus has also come to be known as Anime Town. Hundreds of manga and anime stores can be found on every corner of the town. Various restaurants, cafes, and arcades are also available, making it possible for many people to spend the entire day there.

Address: Akihabara, Taito, Tokyo 110-0006, Japan
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm
Website: http://akiba.or.jp/english/

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to Akihabara Station
  • JR Yamanote, Sobu Line to Akihabara Station
  • Tsukuba Express to Akihabara Station

 

Accommodation

1. Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Address: 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0032 agoda
Contact: +81 3-5806-3155
Website: http://asakusa.richmondhotel.jp/

2. APA Hotel Asakusa Kuramae
Address: 2-4-6 Komagata, Taito, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0043 agoda
Contact: +81 3-5806-2111
Website: https://goo.gl/Poj93r

 

11. Kabukiza

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Kabukiza is located in Ginza. It is the primary theater in Tokyo that brings the traditional kabuki arts to life in the form of dramas. The reconstruction of the theater was completed in 2013.

A complete kabuki drama has three to four shows, either in the morning or evening, usually from 11am – 3:30pm or 4:30pm – 9pm. Foreigners are advised to rent a headset for English translations. Rather than the full kabuki performance, tickets are available for each single show. Arrive 30 minutes before the show starts.

Address: 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Entrance fee: Single act ticket, 1,200 yen – 1,400 yen
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm
Website: http://www.kabuki-bito.jp/eng/contents/theatre/kabukiza.html

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to Higashi-Ginza Station
  • Toei Subway Asakusa Line to Higashi-Ginza Station

 

Accommodation

1. Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ginza
Address: 1-13-15 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-5159-1380
Website: http://www.daiwaroynet.jp/english/ginza/

2. Tokyu Stay Ginza
Address: 4-10-5 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3541-0109
Website: http://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/GZ/

 

12. Shibuya Crossing

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The famous Shibuya Crossing has starred in numerous movies and photographs. Exactly like what is shown in the movies, hundreds of people pass by every minute, which is why it is the world’s most famous intersection.

Surrounding the area is clubs, bars, trendy shopping locations, and restaurants. When you get off at Shibuya station, all you have to do is follow the crowd, and they will bring you to the famous intersection. This is also a district famous among the younger generations. It is a shopping paradise for those who love to shop.

Address: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: Nil
Website: https://en.japantravel.com/tokyo/shibuya-crossing/3016

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hanzomon & Ginza & Fukutoshin Line to Shibuya Station
  • JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station
  • Tokyu Toyoko Line to Shibuya Station
  • Keio Inogashira Line to Shibuya Station

 

Accommodation

1. Shibuya Tobu Hotel
Address: 3-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya 150-0042, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3476-0111
Website: http://shibuya-tobu-tokyo.hotel-rn.com/?lbl=ggl-rmk-ex

2. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Address: 6-24-4 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-5774-5489
Website: http://dormyinn-shibuya-jingumae.h-rez.com/

 

13. Hachiko Statue

Hachiko is the name of a dog of the Akita breed. His real-life story has touched the hearts of millions around the world.

A rare picture of Hachiko

A rare picture of Hachiko

The story started when a professor in University of Tokyo, named Hidesaburo Ueno, took in this golden-brown Akita and named him Hachiko. Since then, Hachiko would always greet his owner near the Shibuya Station at the end of each day. This continued until May 1925.

One day, Professor Ueno failed to return to the train station. He had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage while at work and passed away. The innocent Hachiko did not know about the passing of his beloved owner and he continued to wait at Shibuya Station until he finally passed away in 1935, 10 years after his owner’s death.

Hachiko was cremated and his ashes were buried in Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo, next to his beloved master.

Later, a bronze statue of Hachiko was built in front of the Shibuya Station to commemorate his faithfulness. His fur was preserved and mounted. It is now on display at the National Science Museum of Japan in Tokyo.

Address: 1 Dogenzaka | Shibuya Train Station, Shibuya 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: Nil

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Hanzomon & Ginza & Fukutoshin Line to Shibuya Station
  • JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station
  • Tokyu Toyoko Line to Shibuya Station
  • Keio Inogashira Line to Shibuya Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Address: 2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku Shinjuku
Contact: +81-3-3375-3211
Website: http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp/en/

2. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Address: 6-24-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
Contact: +81 3-5774-5489
Website: http://dormyinn-shibuya-jingumae.h-rez.com

 

14. Harajuku

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Harajuku is a town between Shibuya and Shinjuku. It is famed for its Japanese youth culture and fashion. One of its most famous streets is Takeshita Street, which has hundreds of fashion shops. If you are planning a visit, be prepared for large crowds with various and unique clothing styles.

The most famous food in Harajuku is crepes; crepes of all sorts are sold along the streets of Takeshita. One of Tokyo’s major shrines, Meiji Jingu is located just around the corner.

Address: 1 Chome Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm

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How to get there

By train

  • JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station
  • Tokyo Metro Chiyoda & Fukutoshin Line to Meijijingu-mae Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Address: 2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku Shinjuku
Contact: +81-3-3375-3211
Website: http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp/en/

2. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Address: 6-24-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
Contact: +81 3-5774-5489
Website: http://dormyinn-shibuya-jingumae.h-rez.com

 

15. Sanrio Puroland

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Sanrio Puroland is a land of Hello Kitty, My Melody, and other Sanrio characters. If you are a fan of these characters, you definitely will not want to miss this destination.

After Disneyland, Sanrio Puroland is the second theme park in Japan that features fictional characters. It is an indoor theme park, offering varieties of live performances and attractions.

Address: 1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo
Entrance fee:

  • Adult 3,300 yen
  • Children (age 3-17) 2,500 yen

Opening hours: 10am – 6pm
Website: http://en.puroland.jp/

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How to get there

By train

  • Keio Line to Tama Center Station

 

Accommodation

1. Keio Plaza Hotel Tama
Address: 1-43 Ochiai, Tama 206-0033, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 42-374-0111
Website: http://www.keioplaza.com/tama/

2. Marroad Inn Tokyo
Address: 1-4-1 Wakamatsucho, Fuchu 183-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 42-369-1111
Website: http://www.marroad.jp/tokyo/eindex.htm

 

16. Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo

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The Pokémon Center sells only Pokémon goods, a heaven on earth for Pokémon lovers. Their wide range of original Pokémon goods is one reason the Pokémon Center is an exciting attraction for foreigners and Japanese alike. Various selections of goods from the smallest keychains to huge Pokémon displays are available for purchase here.

Address: Sunshine City alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm

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How to get there

By train

  • Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line to Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi & Yurakucho & Fukutoshin Line to Ikebukuro Station

 

Accommodation

1. Tokyu Stay Ikebukuro
Address: 2-12-2 Ikebukuro, Toshima 171-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3984-1091
Website: http://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/IKE/

2. Hotel New Star Ikebukuro
Address: 2-61-6 Ikebukuro, Toshima 171-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3989-0015
Website: https://www.star-hotel.co.jp/en/

 

17. Tokyo Dome City

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The Tokyo Dome City is located in Central Tokyo. It is a leisure complex comprising an amusement park, the LaQua spa, the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium, and various restaurants and shops. Also known as Korakuen, the amusement complex was named after the former baseball stadium. It is one of the most famous attractions in Tokyo, as it is convenient for those planning a relaxing trip to Japan. Real hot spring pools, massage and beauty services, and saunas are available here.

Address: Koraku 1-3-61, Bunkyo 112-0004, Tokyo Prefecture
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm
Website: http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/

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How to get there

By train

  • From Tokyo Station to Suidobashi Station
  • From Shinjuku Station to Suidobashi Station

 

Accommodation

1. Tokyo Dome Hotel
Address: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo 112-8562, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-5805-2111
Website: https://www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp/e/

2. Forest Hongo
Address: 6-16-4 Hongo, Bunkyo 113-0033, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3813-4408
Website: http://www.forest-hongo.com/en/

 

18. Mount Takao

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Mount Takao is located outside the city center. It is one of the closest natural recreation areas around central Tokyo. It offers breathtaking scenery of the cities around the area. There is also a temple located towards the top part of the mountain. It is also a great spot for fellow hikers to get to the top of Mount Takao. It will take about 90 minutes by foot from the base. If you do not wish to walk, there is also a cable car and chair lift available.

Address: Mount Takao, Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844, Japan
Entrance fee:

  • Cable car, 480 yen (one way) and 930 yen (round trip)
  • Chair lift, 480 yen (one way) and 930 yen (round trip)
  • Monkey park, 420 yen
  • Keio Takaosan Onsen Gokurakuyu, 1000 yen and 1200 yen during New Year holidays and special seasons)

Opening hours: 8am – 5:45pm
Website: http://www.takao599museum.jp/?lang=en

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How to get there

By train

  • From Shinjuku Station to Takao Station
  • Keio Railways to Takaosanguchi Station

 

Accommodation

1. The b hachioji
Address: 4-6-12 Myojincho, Hachioji 192-0046, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 42-646-0111
Website: http://hachioji.theb-hotels.com/en/

2. Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji
Address: 14-1 Asahicho, Hachioji 192-0083, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 42-656-3111
Website: http://www.keioplaza.com/hachioji/

 

19. National Museum of Nature and Science

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The National Museum of Nature and Science of Japan was launched in 1871. It is in Ueno Park in central Tokyo. Exhibitions, such as display of dinosaur skeletons, flora and fauna of Japan, the art of rice cultivation, and more, have been provided in the museum for fellow visitors who are fans of history. One of the most famous attractions of the museum is the mounted display of Hachiko, who waited loyally for the return of his dead master. The largest fragment of the Nantan meteorite that fell on China in the 16th century has also been placed in the museum.

Address: 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8718
Entrance fee: 620 yen for adults, free for children of age 7-12
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Website: http://www.kahaku.go.jp/english/

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How to get there

  • 5 minutes walk from JR Ueno Station
  • 10 minutes walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Line Ueno Station
  • 10 minutes walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station

 

Accommodation

1. Ueno Hotel
Address: 7-12-9 Ueno, Taito 110-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-6231-7610
Website: http://www.uenohotel.jp/en/

2. Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno
Address: 3-19-7 Higashiueno, Taito 110-0015, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3839-1131
Website: https://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/eng/ueno/

 

20. Sengakuji Temple

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Sengakuji is a temple located near Shinagawa Station in Tokyo, and it is famed for its graveyard where the “47 Ronin” (also known as the “master-less samurai from Ako”) were buried. Their story, often mistakenly believed to be a legend, is also known as the Ako Incident.

It centers on a group of samurai who were left without a master after their daimyo (feudal lord) known as Asano Naganori was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for attacking a court official named Kira Yoshinaka. After months of intense planning, the ronin eventually killed Kira to avenge their master. Due to committing the crime of murder, the 47 ronin were then also condemned to commit seppuku.

There is a museum that was built to commemorate the 47 ronin. December 14th marks the anniversary of the 47 ronin avenging their master. A festival is held every year on this date to commemorate the event. Their remarkable story gained popularity in Japanese culture as it embodies sacrifice, loyalty and honour, characteristics that are still valued within daily life in Japan.

Address: 2-11-1 Takanawa, Minato 108-0074, Tokyo Prefecture
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 7am – 6pm

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How to get there

  • About 5 minutes away from Sengakuji Station
  • About 15-20 minutes awy from Shinagawa or Tamachi Station

 

Accommodation

1. Hotel Sunroute Patio Omori
Address: 3-33-3 Minami-Oi, Shinagawa 140-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3763-0211
Website: http://www.sunroute.jp/english/hotelinfo/tokyo_kanagawa/patioomori/

2. Hotel Mystays Gotanda
Address: 2-5-4 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa 141-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact: +81 3-3449-4831
Website: https://www.mystays.com/en/hotel/tokyo/hotel-mystays-gotanda/

 

Travel Books

Below are some of the travel books you may find helpful if you are planning for a trip to Tokyo.

 

1. Lonely Planet Make My Day Tokyo (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet Make My Day Tokyo is a unique guide that allows you to effortlessly plan your perfect day. Flip through the sections and mix and match your itinerary for morning, afternoon and evening. Start the day at Tokyo’s grand Shinto shrine Meiji-jingu, join the throng at Shibuya Crossing in the afternoon before exploring Shinjuku nightlife in the evening; all with your trusted travel companion. Planning your city adventure has never been so easy and fun.

 

2. Top 10 Tokyo (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Tokyo will lead you straight to the very best this city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for the things not to miss at the Top 10 sights or want to find the best nightspots, this guide is the perfect pocket-sized companion. Rely on dozens of Top 10 lists — from the Top 10 museums to the Top 10 events and festivals. There’s even a list of the Top 10 things to avoid. The guide is divided by area with restaurant reviews for each, as well as recommendations for hotels, bars, and places to shop. You’ll find the insider knowledge every visitor needs to effortlessly explore every corner of the city with DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Tokyo and its free pull-out map.

 
Sources:

  • www.wikipedia.com
  • http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e623.html
  • www.tripadvisor.com
  • www.lonelyplanet.com

 
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  1. Irene Lim on Sep 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    This article certainly has comprehensive information for a tourist visiting Tokyo.

    If you are visiting Tokyo do not miss the Great Kamakura Buddha, a bronze Amitabha Buddha statue which is the 2nd tallest Buddha statue in Japan located at located at the Kōtoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. The bronze statue probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period, according to temple records. JR Yokosuka Line connects Tokyo Station directly with Kamakura Station to the great Kamakura Buddha. The one way trip takes just under an hour .

    Also do make time to experience the traditional Japanese hot spring and spa in Tokyo area. Visiting Japan will never be complete without a dip in a hot spring or onsen which has numerous health benefits.

  2. Anne Ong on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Beautiful Tokyo. I have always heard feedback that Tokyo is a beautiful country to visit. I love the scenery. Some of the places i find interesting are….3. Imperial Palace and East Garden. 18. Mount Takao. 2. Meiji Jingu Shrine. 17. Tokyo Dome City. 20. Sengakuji Temple. 6. Tokyo Disneyland & Disneysea. Thank you Beatrix for this wonderful article. Keep up the good work!👍😎

  3. Lim Han Nee on Sep 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Tokyo is a beautiful city and also the most populous metropolitan area in the world. However, the most impressive and enduring aspect of Tokyo is its irrepressibility and resilience. Although more than half the city was destroyed in WW II, and an estimated 75000 to 200000 civilians were destroyed, yet, it rose up again so siwftly. As testimony to this, the 1964 Summer Olympics was held in Tokyo! In 2020 the second Summer Olympics will be held there again, making it the first Asian country to host the Olympic Games twice.

    Tokyo is an amazing city with a unique blend of the ancient, as in the ancient shrines and temples, and the modern, as in the Ginza shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Tokyo Skytree.The oldest Buddhist temple here is the Sensoji, built in 645, a very well-visited temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon. The oldest zoo is the Ueno Zoo, with over 3000 animals from 400 different species. There is a 17th Century teahouse and a 5 storey Pagoda in the zoo grounds!

    Other interesting places to visit include the Meiji Shrine and its lovely garden, the Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Seas – a theme park occupying 115 acres of land,the famous Ginza shopping, dining and entertainment district , Mount Takao , a beautiful natural spot from which one can get breathtaking views of the cities around.

    Yes, Tokyo is a place to visit where the new and the old exist side by side and are equally fascinating. A must not miss tourist spot is where the statue of the dog,Hachiko is, a symbol of faithfulness, as the true touching story of this beloved dog reveals .

  4. Cc on Sep 3, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Tokyo is a nice place and full of history and culture. Did not because unable to bare the pain when looking at fish being slaughtered a live.
    Tokyo is a place that one should visit. There’s another pond ,Shinobazu Pond, Ueno section of Taitō in Tokyo full of lotus during summer.

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  5. wan wai meng on Sep 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Tokyo has many interesting spots for people to be entertained and for fashion and modern living. From the tomb of the 47 ronins, masterless samuari, honour is so important for the Japanese psyche and that honour drives the Japanese to excel in all the things that they set out to accomplish.

    I would like to visit Hachiko’s memorial, a dog who waited daily for its master although the master had already passed away.

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    藏传佛教格鲁派第十世班禅喇嘛被视为阿弥陀佛的化身,并且是继达赖尊者后拥有最高权威的佛法大师。第十世班禅喇嘛是一名颇有影响力的大师,每当他给予公开开示时,数以千计的人都会前去听法。
    第十世班禅喇嘛和达赖尊者的关系可以追溯到第五世达赖尊者时期。在当时,第五世达赖尊者的上师,同时也是杜固扎巴坚赞(多杰雄登前世之一)的上师是第四世班禅喇嘛。为了感激上师,达赖尊者赐予上师“班禅大师”头衔,并对班禅大师的三任前世加以追封。此外,达赖尊者也将扎什伦布寺赐为其上师的驻锡地。而此扎什伦布寺内还安设一间供奉多杰雄登的护法殿至今,并且还成为著名的旅游胜地。
    由此可见,如果多杰雄登就如藏人行政中央所说的修持多杰雄登会伤害西藏事业,那么当时的第五世达赖尊者为何要赠送设有多杰雄登的护法殿的扎什伦布寺予第四世班禅喇?如果多杰雄登真的会伤害西藏事业,那么第十世班禅喇嘛为何要费尽心思来撰写这篇约30至40页的的“妙音怙主(宗喀巴)佛教护法天王金刚具力五部威猛尊酬供仪轨”的祈愿文?难道第十世班禅喇嘛铁了心肠不再理会或是存心要危害西藏人民?这一切的一切,让我们不得不深入的思考。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:22 PM
    It is very worrying that there are such high percentage of plastic fibres found in our tap water. Even developed country such as UK, Germany and France has 72% of their tap water contaminated with plastic fibres. I guess this is the price we have to pay. With improve technologies and new science inventions we keep coming out with new products that uses various types of plastics and chemicals to bring down the production cost. But unfortunately, nothing comes free as human who will have to suffer the implication of these plastics fibres in the form of water and air, and it is alarming to our health. I think the only way is to create awareness to people telling them how harmful it can bring to us and we should avoid using the products that contribute the pollution and use alternative.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:04 PM
    It is good news that Tibetan MP Venerable Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. Why would a democratic country listen to an oracle to seek advise for the country governance and administration? It just puzzled me. If Nechung is right, why isn’t the country and people progressing but divided further with the Dorje Shugden ban? What more Nechung is an not enlightened dharma protector. It was proven that so many Nechung’s prophecies was wrong but none would question and CTA would still follow the wrong advice. The CTA leaders continue to segregate, discriminate and remove all the human rights against Dorje Shugden practitioners such as education, medical, religion and etc. This is so illegal.

    In this age, we should be able to think and fight for our rights. I hope more people like Venerable Tenpa Yarphel will speak up against the unfair Tibetan leadership towards their people. Everyone should be treated equally and especially for a Buddhism country.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:29 AM
    Shocking to read and hear this, happening in our own country. Even though this post is old , feeling sad for those cats starving been kept at two pet boarding premises which they called pets hotel. Pets owner discovered that those pets were left abandoned and starved . They also found dead cats and many were in a sad condition. Our local newspapers reported that about 200 cats and a dog were rescued from that premise alone .Another location about 100 cats were found and rescued. These episode was highlighted in news national wide. It such a shameful act .How can the owner of the premises do it for their own selfishness just because of celebrations.
    It is good that the authorities took a stern legal action against the owners of the centre.
    Animals are ignorant and do not deserve to be treated so badly. Be kind and caring to all sentient beings. Have empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:28 AM
    A beautiful approach by the British MPs has recommended that people reduce the amount of meat they eat to help prevent food shortages in Britain . Even though it is political approach yet still happy as less animals will be killed for foods on the table.
    The massive increase in meat consumption in recent decades has led to the price of grain increase which used for animal feed. Its also lead to widespread deforestation and pressure on agricultural land. The MP are trying to tackle food wastage as half the food bought from UK supermarkets goes in the bin. The UK population are encouraged to eat less meat in long run.
    Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/british-mps-says-eat-less-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:27 AM
    So touching ….watching this beautiful videos , could not controlled my tears too. Its such a warm moment when the two of them met again after a long search nearly 25 years of a hopless search . Mitchell Shigemoto has never forgotten how James Pearson saved his life. In foreign places, and the way Shigemoto’s relationship with James Pearson training together and fighting ,along side in the war ,they became best friends.
    James Pearson is truly a selfless ,kind and friendly person, nor matter what happen stands by Mitchell Shigemoto.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mitchell-shigemoto-and-james-pearson-best-friends-in-war.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 12:42 AM
    Venerable Tenpa Yarphel showed great courage to voice up and pointed out that if the Tibetan Government-in-Exile is really practice democracy, basically no one will be discriminated and segregated regardless of ethnic group, gender, religious and etc. The people should work together for the growth of the state instead of just listened or seek advice from Nechung and ultimate decisions are still come from HH the Dalai Lama in spite of his retirement from politics.
    Miraculously, Tibetan community continues to believe the Nechung although they have experienced the false prophecies given by Nechung with the possible reason that no one can fully understand the language that Nechung speaks.

    Hope there are more people like Ven. Tenpa Yarphel stand firm and continue to speak up for truth just to benefit and bring no harm to the people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 17. 2017 11:08 AM
    So sad and heart breaking watching this video ,did not able to watch that part when our best friend was put into the boiling pot. Disgusting and cruel indeed. How can they do it and later sold as meat in restaurants…..so inhuman and shocking. My heart sink for a moment to see what happening to those poor dogs. They were tortured, abused before death. Dog meat trade should stop in this modern civilization , where dog deserved much better to live ,love, like us. They are our men best friends after all. They are one of us ,accompany us ,guard our house and keeps us happy. Please do not hurt them i plea.
    Hope the government or people concerned stop the dog meat trade industries. Go on vegetarian is the right healthy choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dog-meat-trade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 17. 2017 11:07 AM
    Unseen beings do exists . We human cannot see but our best friends do sense the unseen being existing around and are sensitive too. Animals do behave unusually .
    There must be some kind or unhappy event happened long time ago. A fire or someone killed ?? The unseen being are trapped ,maybe which we won’t know. They need the couple to set them free from sufferings and pain. Whatever it is , its up to the couple after they have investigated of what happen. Hope the haunted house with unseen being have a happy ending.
    Thank you for sharing, interesting videos .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-haunted-terror-at-maple-dale-farm.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 17. 2017 11:06 AM
    Very weird and strange creatures which i have not come across before .The first sight looks scary to me but interesting to know the true facts of it which came from different countries across the globe. There might be more strange creatures around which the researchers have not found them yet. Well it is best to leave them alone or else those weird creatures will be extinct in the near future. Give them a chance and they deserve to live in the wild or sea or anywhere they belong and call home.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Oct 16. 2017 10:46 PM
    I have just heard about the 9th year theory few weeks ago. It seems to bring bad luck or omen. Never really believe in such thing but I guess everyone will have their ups and down, and I believe all this is due to our karma ripening. I for example was born on Friday the 13th, of which a very unlucky number for westerners. But so far life have been good. We are all very fortunate to have Rinpoche to give us Dorje Shugden teachings. When we have full trust on Dorje Shugden the dharma protector, we should not be afraid of the 9th year or even 13th theory.
    Thank you Datuk May for your sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-blind-corner-at-each-decade.html

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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
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Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 weeks ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
2 weeks ago
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
3 weeks ago
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
4 weeks ago
Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
1 month ago
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
1 month ago
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
1 month ago
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
1 month ago
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
1 month ago
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
1 month ago
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
A separate Tibetan state? 

Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state?
In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
1 month ago
A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
This is Mahakala of the Tent (Gonpo Kur) and this particular sacred and very alive image is in Sakya temple in Tibet. It is so beautiful, ferocious and at the same time frightening. He frightens our self absorbed ego into submission to dharma.-Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Mahakala of the Tent (Gonpo Kur) and this particular sacred and very alive image is in Sakya temple in Tibet. It is so beautiful, ferocious and at the same time frightening. He frightens our self absorbed ego into submission to dharma.-Tsem Rinpoche
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