A crape myrtle tree swarmed by 5th graders of Kogane elementary school. The tree is still in the temple precints. The boy (or ape, I should say) at the top is Hiroshi. Accordig to what he said, children who were good at climbing trees were looked up to by their peers in those days.
The crape myrtle tree is located behind the monument to the Takeuchi brothers.
【Monuments to the Takeuchi Brothers, patriots of the Meiji Restoration era.】
This photo was taken in front of the monument to Tetsujiro, the younger brother of the Takeuchi brothers, in 1957.
The monument used to be placed on the right side facing the main hall, on the opposite side from where it is now.
The former Takeuchi family was located next door to (the south side of) the Naoi family, and was called “Sasaya-san” by its shop name.
The title of the monument to Rennosuke, the elder of the Takeuchi brothers, was written by Shibusawa Eiichi.
According to a story passed down in the neighborhood and relatives, the car Shibusawa Eiichi rode in to attend the unveiling ceremony was a Packard and was the very first real automobile that the people of Kogane had ever seen.
Brief History of Tozen-ji temple
Tozenji Temple was founded in 1481 in Negiuchi, 1 km northeast of the present site, by a holy priest of Jodo sect, Keiyoguteiunko. It is said that the temple was moved to its present location in the mid-16th century (around the same time when the Takagi clan was established in Kogane Castle, the political center of the East Katsushika region). In the early Edo period, the temple was designated as one of the 18 temples responsible for training priests of the Jodo sect in the Kanto region.