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att.JAPAN Issue 49, November 2009

Tsurumi / Soji-ji Temple

Tsurumi is located in the northeastern part of Yokohama City, facing Tokyo Bay. Tsurumi consists of two distinct areas: the coastal part as the center of the Keihin Industrial Area, and the hilly part in the northwest.

The coastal area is home to various factories on a large and small scale including those of Kirin Beer, Nissan Motors, JFE Steel, Morinaga Confectionary, and Asahi Glass, which are some of Japan's leading companies.

The hilly part in the northwest features two pleasant parks, Shishigaya Shimin no Mori and Mitsuike Park. Mitsuike Park, just as the name ("Three Ponds") suggests, has three ponds within its precincts. The park is known as a beautiful cherry blossom spot in Yokohama. Over 1,000 cherry trees are planted in the park.

Tsurumi's downtown area is located around Tsurumi Station, which is designated a Yokohama sub-center. There you can enjoy shopping.

A several-minute walk from the station will take you to Soji-ji Temple, one of the two headquarters of the Soto Buddhist Sect, along with Eihei-ji Temple in Fukui Prefecture.

Since Soji-ji Temple was moved from Ishikawa Prefecture to the present site in 1911, most buildings are relatively new. However, some are designated as Tangible Cultural Assets. It is also known as the location of the grave of Ishihara Yujiro, once Japan's very popular "idol" movie star and singer. It might be enjoyable to stroll around the temple and see these cultural resources.

The Zen life is realized through meditation. Soji-ji Temple offers various kinds of Zen meetings, such as an Individual Two-day Zen course including Buddhist vegetarian meals (reservations required), a Sunday Zen meeting (without reservations), and a Saturday English Zen meeting (without reservations). In the Saturday meeting, instructors teach attendants how to practice zazen in English, an experience that will deepen your understandings of Zen Buddhism.

Although Yokohama is known as a modern and fashionable city, it also has an historic and traditional culture that has been passed down from generation to generation. Visit Yokohama and you'll be able to find a fresh charm in the city.


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