Tokyo Matsu Temple
Traveling abroad is still a very high hurdle as the coronavirus pandemic has been prolonged. However, there are many places in Japan where one can feel a foreign atmosphere. One of them is Shin-Okubo in Tokyo. It is a relatively new cosmopolitan town with restaurants and shops from various countries such as Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Nepal, China, and Taiwan. Shin-Okubo has some unique chaotic energy, and every time I visit, I discover something new.
Among the streets of Shin-Okubo, One thing that stands out with its vivid colors is the Tokyo Matsu Temple. Matsu is a goddess of the ocean, and it’s a very popular religious icon in Taiwan and South China. I have been to a Matsu temple in Yokohama's Chinatown, where many Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants have lived for a long time, but I didn't know until recently that there is another one in Shin-Okubo. "Tokyo Matsu Temple" seems to be a temple built by remodeling an office building. A careful look at the building reveals that only the front side of the building which is facing the street, is decorated with brilliant-colored reliefs, and the rest still pretty much remains as an ordinary office building. I didn't have a chance to go inside when I passed by the temple last time, but I would definitely like to give it a try next time.