Autumn Buddha at Tennō-ji (天王寺) in Yanaka
These monuments to eggs, sushi and shrimp can be found at a shrine called Namiyoke Inari Jinja (波除稲荷神社), next to Tsukiji Fish Market. The monuments are dedicated to the eggs and sea creatures that sacrificed their lives so that we could eat them. (Yes, definitely “only in Japan”.)
Here’s the Tamago-zuka (玉子塚) or grave for eggs:
The photo below is the Sushi-zuka (すし塚) and Ebi-zuka (海老 塚) or grave for shrimp:
Photos taken along Shakujigawa, a river that flows through Kita-ku and Itabashi-ku in Tokyo.
Kanda Myōjin is near Akihabara, the centre of manga/anime culture in Tokyo. It attracts many fans as well as wannabe artists, who leave ema (wooden votive tablets) expressing their wishes at the shrine. The messages range from simple wishes for happiness in the year ahead (I took these photos in February) to very specific wishes for success as a manga artist or, in some quirky cases, happiness for a manga character!
I spotted this fence at Zōjō-ji in Minato-ku.