Shotei, Takahashi (1871 - 1945), "Cherry Blossoms at Tosyogu Shrine, Ueno"
|Title||Cherry Blossoms at Tosyogu Shrine, Ueno|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Edition||First and only.|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Folk #215; pg. 49|
|Size||15 x 6 -3/4 "|
Notes: Ueno Tōshō-gū is said to have been built in 1627, by Tōdō Takatora. It is known that in 1627 it was dedicated to the memory of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542–1616), the founder and first shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, which effectively ruled Japan from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
In 1651 the main hall (honden) of the shrine was rebuilt in the gongen-zukuri style by Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604–1651), grandson of Ieyasu and the third Tokugawa shōgun. Until 1868, the shrine was part of the Tendai Buddhist temple Kan'ei-ji.
Unlike many of the buildings in the surrounding area, Ueno Tōshō-gū has remained intact throughout the many earthquakes, fires and wars, including the Battle of Ueno in 1868 and the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923.