Senso-ji the Asakusa Kannon temple is a Buddhist temple devoted to Kannon Bosatsu.
Senso-ji. The first temple was built on the site in 645, which makes it the oldest temple in Tokyo.The temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon, also known as Guan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy. According to legend, a statue of the Kannon was found in the Sumida River in 628 by two fishermen who were brothers. The chief of their village, recognized the sanctity of the statue and enshrined it by remodeling his own house into a small temple in Asakusa, so that the villagers could worship the Kannon.
The Kaminarimon Gate (Thunder Gate)
In order to reach the Temple, visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) or the outer Gate. The gate is named for its two guardian Gods of Thunder and Wind (Raijin and Fujin). The entry gate is an imposing Buddhist structure featuring a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red,black and grey tones.
Nakamise-dori shopping Street
Through the Gate is the shopping street Nakamise-dori, which is lined with small shops selling traditional souvenirs and local snacks; shoppers are shoulder to shoulder. Wonderful souvenirs! Sandalwood fans painted with traditional views of Mt Fuji, The Great Wave and other traditional icons were my choice, they are light and easy to carry. However, there was so many items to choose from and all good quality. The snacks were very tempting and delicious.
A stately five story Pagoda stands within the precinct
Within the precincts stands a stately five-story pagoda and the main temple hall Senso-ji, devoted to Kannon Bosatsu. It is a beautiful Temple. A ceremony was taking place inside Sensoji Temple, so we could only glimpse the beautiful interior of the temple standing outside the entrance. Leading up to the temple is a large incense burner for worshipers and a fountain for ritual cleansing before entering the Temple.
Look for the Asakusa Shrine on the east side of the Senso-ji Temple
Nearby is an ancient Shinto shrine, the Asakusa Shrine. The Asakusa Shrine is on the east side of the Senso-ji temple, a short walk down a street and through a large stone torri (gate).The Asakusa Shrine was constructed in 1649 during the Edo period on the orders of Tokugawa Iemitsu, to honour the three men who were responsible for the construction of the Senso-ji Temple.
There is also a peaceful garden area with small shrines and a large bronze sculpture of the 9th Danjuro Ichikawa (1868-1903), the famous Kabuki actor. He is shown in the role depicting ‘Shibaraku’ which was his forte. The garden area is open at all times, however the Temple hours are restricted.
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