Hakusan

 

Hakusan Station is located in the Hakusan district of Bunkyo Ward of Tokyo, and serves the Toei Mita Subway Line.

Hakusan is one of the older neighborhoods of Tokyo which still holds some of the traditional Edo charm. The best known place of this area is the Hakusan Shrine.

 

Hakusan Shrine

 

Hakusan is one the ten most important shrines of Tokyo. Said to have been built in the 8 th century to pray for the remedy of smallpox, it later became a tutelary shrine for the Konjiki-in Temple. The Temple is believed to have been founded in 1102 by Regent Fujiwara Yorimichi's daughter, Kanshi (later the wife of Emperor Reizei), and was moved to its present location in 1655. The shrine was then named Hakusan after Mt. Hakusan in Ishikawa prefecture, one of Japan's most famous and remarkable sacred mountains. The goddess of Mt. Hakusan and the protector of the Koishikawa region is said to be enshrined here. During the Edo Era (1603-1868), Hakusan Shrine became a favorite of the Shoguns and the family came here regularly to pray.

 

The path leading up to the shrine is lined on both sides with cafes and stone lanterns. The main shrine, an ornate wood building, in itself is not very impressive, yet it holds a unique charm to it. The shrine's hall of worship is the most impressive of all. Said to have been built in 1277, it has been designated Important Cultural Property by the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo.

 

Hakusan Shrine is also known for its many (said to be over 3000) hydrangea bushes which are spread all over the shrine grounds. When the hydrangea are in full bloom during the rainy season, it gives the whole place a beautiful and colorful look. This is the time when the Hydrangea Festival , or the Ajisai Matsuri , is held. Held during the first week of June every year, the festival attracts people from all over the city to admire the beauty of the place.

 

Hakusan Shrine is located 3 minutes on foot from Hakusan Station.

 

Toyo University

 

Toyo University is one of the better known and larger universities of Tokyo. It was founded in 1887 by Dr. Enryo Inoue on the Rinsho-in Temple grounds in Takioka, Hongo, as a private school by the name of Tetsugakukan. In 1903 the name changed to Private University Testugakukan, and later in 1906, it became Toyo University and was moved to its present location. In 1916, Toyo University became on the very first universities to admit women. After the death of Dr. Enryo Inoue in 1919, the university was restructured under the University Establishment Law.

 

The original courses offered at Toyo University were philosophy, religion, ethics, education, Japanese, and classical Chinese. With time, more courses were added - Literature, Economics, Law, Sociology, Engineering and Business Administration. Each of these courses has both undergraduate and graduate courses. Today, the university has over 30,000 students spread over five campuses 2 in Hakusan (Tokyo), and one each in Asaka (Saitama), Kawagoe (Saitama), and Itakura (Gunma).

 

Both the Toyo University Hakusan campuses are located close to each other just 5 minutes walk from Hakusan Station. The Faculties located here are Literature, Economics, Business Administration, Law, and Sociology. Evening Courses are also held at the campuses. Other than this, the Hakusan campuses also house the following Graduate Schools - Literature, Sociology, Law, Business Administration, Economics, and Welfare Society Design.

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