Sensoji temple in Asakusa

by Eddy

Asakusa is one of the most popular spots and a historic district located in the east part of Tokyo.

Sensoji templeSensoji temple in Asakusa

A symbol of Asakusa is the Sensoji temple having history of over 13 centuries.
In the early 7th century, fishermen found a small statue of kannon, the goddess of mercy in the Sumida river. The Sensoji temple was built to enshrine the kannon.

"Kaminarimon" gate of the Sensoji temple is very famous.Sensoji temple in Asakusa

A huge red-paper lantern is hung in the center of the gate. It was donated by Matsushita Konosuke, the founder of Panasonic. Two fearsome guardian gods are installed at the gate to ward off evil spirits. They are the God of Thunder and the God of Wind. The gate was rebuilt after World War second.

Flourished in 17th century

Asakusa started blossoming in the early 17th century when Tokugawa Ieyasu established the Shogunate in Edo, now Tokyo. Asakusa developed as a center of entertainment and pleasure. Many people flocked to attractive places including Kabuki theaters.

Nakamise shopping arcadeSensoji temple in Asakusa

The street between the gate and the main hall of the temple is called Nakamise shopping arcade.
It is the ideal place to buy traditional Japanese souvenirs, such as folding fans, inexpensive kimonos, traditional toys, Japanese paper umbrellas, figures of beckoning cats, etc.

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23 Sep 2017

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Hello. My name is Eiichi and my nick name is Eddy. So, please call me Eddy because Eiichi is difficult for visitors to pronounce.
I am a licensed guide interpreter certified by Japanese government.

I was born and live in Chiba prefecture, which is next to Tokyo and I have worked in Tokyo for more than 20 years. So, I know Chiba and Tokyo very well. My hobby is ceramic art, golf, and Zen meditation, and I like traveling and reading history books. Based on these experience and knowledge, I will introduce Japanese culture and history.

I used to work as an engineer for one of major electronic manufacturers which exports communication systems and components to overseas. Through the job, I visited many countries including New Zealand where I fortunately stayed for four years with my family. I have found it fun to communicate with people in other countries. So, after my recent retirement, I started to work as a licensed guide interpreter.

I’m looking forward to meeting visitors who are interested in Japanese beautiful nature, unique culture, variety of foods or history.

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