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.
+_+!!!! Thank you for posting these!! Looks like a really interesting place! Some very nice photos Donald-san. 🙂
These are the kinds of places I like to go.. I wish I’d taken some photos of the temple I visited in Toronto last week. I go there every time I’m in town. It’s really nice.
Looks like you had a lot of fun here ^^
Cool post Donald!! You should have tried some magic with those ladies!
BOBBY!!!! Thanks for stopping by. Geez, man, I haven’t seen you since I was like 13 or something. As far as the ladies go, knowing my luck, I would have gotten the swift five fingers to the face, LOL 🙂
Hey Donald! I just got back from Japan and I understand how you feel about hardly seeing anybody that looks like you 🙂 anyway, what a fantastic land it is! It was my first trip to Asia and I hope to return very soon.
Here I am at work googling pix of different places in Japan…that’s how much I miss being there.
Sounds like you had a really good experience, too. It’s funny you mention Googling pictures. I Google pics of America right around the holidays when the homesickness starts to hit me. I hope you get a chance to come back and enjoy it some more!
I had a fantastic time. My friend spoiled me…with the onsens and all 🙂 Keep up the good work!
I am super glad that I found your blog!! Your posts are very helpful, straight up to the point, and informative.
I am planning to visit Japan with my hubby for the first time but for 2 weeks to have some purifying time and we are thinking of Kyoto because it’s a place where someone can find nature and interesting places to visit and learn about the traditions and history of the land..but since it’s going to be the first time we still don’t know what’s the best options to consider regarding accommodation and if the city is safe enough for foreigners?
I am looking forward to your reply.
Much much appreciated ❤