Posted by: Kazu
One of the most visited places in Tokyo is Asakusa.
Since the area was developed thanks to the large old buddhism temple called Sensouji,
It still has a lingering atomosphere of Edo era, which is the last Samurai era.
Because of that big lantern hanging in the middle, Kaminarimon is the very famous landmark in Japan.
It is ofeten used as a cover picture of many guidebooks and leaflets for sightseeing in Japan.
The current lantern was donated in 1960 by Matsushita Electoric Co, now named Panasonic.
As you can see in the aboove picture, on the both sides of the long path to the main temple building,
there are many small shops. They are souvenir shops, confectioneries, handicraft shops and so on.
Justlooking around the shops is lots of fun and gets you into festive mood
The smoke from the burning insences in front of the main building is belived
to be good for your health and make you wiser.
It is like a superstition.
This is the main buildung of the temple.
People throw in coins, get their palms together and make wishes.
By the way, the meaning of getting your palmas together is devoting yorself to the Buddha.
Right hand represents the Buddha and left hand represents you.
Outside of the temple, you can take a jinrikisha or rickshaw.
Even though it is just a tourist attraction, Asakusa is one of few places in Japan
where you can still ride on this ancient vehicle.
By the way, English name rickshaw derived from Japanese name Jinrikisha.
Anyway please visit Asakusa and feel a piece of old Japan.
Posted by: Kazu (July 31, 2014 7:00 AM) | Permalink