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This is Sugamo in the downtown area in Tokyo.
Here, it is Kōgan-ji temple of Sōtō sect famous for Togenuki Jizo. Although it founded by Yushima in 1596, it has moved to this ground in 1891. For many years, if people pray, there will be tradition of becoming sick recovery and many old men/women will come for visit to a temple here from adjacent prefectures including Tokyo. In the place along the route which goes to a temple, many stores such as the clothing, shoes and a bag store for old men/women, a sweet cake store, a tea stall, and a Buddhist-instruments store, stand in a row crowdedly. If it goes into the precincts of a temple, the visitor who visits to pray will not sever the back. On the bench of the courtyard, the spectacle which olders had a pleasant chat, or was sitting down calmly alone was seen. When I reached the age of discretion, the spectacle of this place has not changed from. I was able to think that the world different from rationality was on man's heart if many old folks are seen come here in quest of relaxation of the heart. Those who come here are almost visible to aged 70 and over.

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