2016-04-28 10:32 am
Located a short walking distance from the famous Kanda Myojin Shrine, Yushima Seido is a shrine dedicated to Confucius, the well known and respected Chinese scholar. Confucianism was very popular in Japan during the latter part of the Edo period (1603 ~ 1867) and Yushima Seido used to be part of Confucian school during the same period.
With its rather simple or spartan design, Yushima Seido is a good example of Confucian architecture during this period and comes with the striking feature of being covered in Japanese black urushi (lacquer). This emphasizes the desire to embody the simple, yet delicate philosophy of Confucianism.