Asakusa is a ten minute cycle ride from where I live. It's famous for the Senso-ji Temple(also known as Asakusa Kannon) and was founded in the mid seventeenth century to enshrine a tiny golden image of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. Entering from the south you pass trough the Kaminari-mon (Thunder Gate) with its huge lantern, named for its guardian gods of Thunder and Wind (Raijin and Fujin). You then enter a huge labyrinth of shops along the Nakamise-dori where you can pick up lots of souvenirs.
The temple has a great atmosphere and overlooking it a huge five-storey pagoda. In the middle of the grounds there is a bronze incense bowl which people gather round to breathe the smoke. Apparently, breathing the smoke is very healthy for you. After this, I went on cruise along the the river and took in some of the sights of Tokyo
You can check out the photographs here.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Posted by steve at 9:08 pm