Getting into the swing of things now with the virtual walk through Japan. Since Iv had such a great response from you guys with the Tokyo and Osaka pictures, I thought id take the Tokyo ones into a bit more detail and close in on Asakusa, Which as said many times before.. my home, from home..
Asakusa is part of Tokyo’s downtown Taito district best known for its many temples, particularly Sensōji. Cruises down the Sumidagawa river depart from only a 5-minute walk from the temple, by the Azuma-bashi bridge.
Sensōji (浅草寺), also known as Asakusa Kannon, is Tokyo’s largest Buddhist temple and a major attraction for Japanese and foreigners alike. Take the Sensoji exit of the subway and follow the crowds.
There are many many sights to be seen throughout Asakusa, Which does indeed make it just perfect for Gaijin, or people wanting a nice relaxing stay within Tokyo.
- Up first is the Kaminarimon (雷門) or “Thunder Gate”, featuring a much-photographed giant lantern and statues of guardian gods Raijin (god of thunder) and Fujin (god of wind). First built in 942, the gate has been destroyed numerous times and the current incarnation dates to only 1950. The Nakamise shopping arcade leading up to the temple starts after the gate.
- At the end of the arcade is the main gate Hōzōmon (宝蔵門), notable for a giant straw sandal (waraji) hung up on one side. This gate too is guarded by ferocious guardian gods.
- The perennially busy Kannondō (観音堂, Kannon Hall) is behind the gate, with a steady stream of worshippers wafting incense over themselves and trooping up the steps to pray and donate. According to legend, the hall was originally built in 628 to house a statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, fished out of the Sumida River by two brothers.
- To the west is the Gojūnoto (五重塔, 5-Story Pagoda), reputedly containing some of the ashes of the Buddha.
More to come in “Part Ni” Tomorrow night folks
Oyasumi – ^o^ x