Last Sunday on my way to the Blue Man Group Show, I made a small excursion to Asakusa to visit a place I haven’t been to is quite some time. It’s the ever-famous, ever-ancient Senjsoji in Asakusa, Japan. Honestly I don’t know all of the history behind Sensoji except that it’s the oldest temple in Tokyo, and that it was made by. What I do know is that it is a breathtaking sightseeing spot. It can get a little humid during the summer, and by a little I mean A LOT! But if you can stomach the humidity, you’ll have a chance to see one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Here are some pictures from my visit to Sensoji:
Sensoji Gate 2011
Another look at the Sensoji Temple's Main Entrance 2011
LIke a traditional styles ice-cream sandwich on nakamisedori (なかみせどり). Oishii!
Donald. Probably not saying anything important at the main gate of Sensoji
Cool Artwork leading up to the Sensoji Temple Main Hall
No temple is complete without a plethora of good luck charms.
The Paper Lanterns at Sensoji Temple look really cool.
I also came across some photos of mine from back in 2008, not much is different except that the weather was better back on that sunny day in 2008.
The famous strip of merchant booths on nakamise-dori
Raijin (雷神), the Lightning God? or Fujin(風神), the Wind God? I forget which one this is...I think it's Raijin, though.
What's a Buddhist Temple without Buddha?
Okay maybe this is Fujin. Did anybody ever see CreepShow 2? He looks like Chief Wooden Head from one of the horror stories!
One of the main Sensoji Gates
In 2008 it was very rare to see someone that looked like me (it's rare now, too), but I asked to take a picture with her. Okay...I thought her and her friend were cute, too. Guilty...d*mn it! 🙂
I'm glad they were nice enough to take a photo with me. I wonder if they're still in Japan. I think they were just vising.
Umm...swaztika?!? Don't panic. The ones in Germany have a negative connotation, but you can find the symbols in Hinduism and Buddhism where they symbolize good luck!
Inside of Sensoji Temple's Main Hall
Ceiling Panel Art from Sensoji's Main Hall
When I learn more about the history behind the temple, I’ll definitely do another post. I don’t want to just do the Wikipedia thing and post it if that makes any sense. Thanks for reading and looking everybody. I’ll catch you next time.