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IMAGE: Ryūsenji (drawing by Hasui Kawase, 1883-1957)
Ryūsenji (瀧泉寺) is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan.
The name of the surrounding district of "Meguro" derives its name from Ryūsenji's black-eyed statue of Meguro Fudō (Black-eyed Fudō-myōō, one of five protective Fudō-myōō statues placed at strategic points on the outskirts of Edo, the new capital of the Tokugawa shogunate, in the early seventeenth century by the abbot Tenkai, advisor to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Each statue had eyes of a different color. (Another Tokyo ward, Mejiro is named for the white-eyed Fudō-myōō).
Ryūsenji is famed as the burial place of the romantic couple Hirai Gonpachi and Komurasaki, whose story was told in numerous Kabuki plays and in A.B. Mitford's Tales of Old Japan.
The temple flourished during the Edo period, when Meguro was a popular pilgrimage site on the edge of Edo.