Monday, February 27, 2012

Nikko & Utsunomiya

Sorry for the lack of updates! Over the weekend, I visited Nikko and Utsunomiya, located in Tochigi. Three hours by car, Nikko is a historical tourist spot with many temples and ancient relics. There are numerous waterfalls, a huge park, and a variety of historical sites, such as the resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The picture above is pretty famous, too--the origin of the phrase "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." Known as mizaru, it is a carving located on the Toshogu Shrine inner walls. It is part of a series of carvings about the lives of simple monkeys. I had never stopped to think that the phrase must have come from somewhere.