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    Found in the heart of Asakusa, in turn is Sensoji (also known as the Asakusa Kannon temple).
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    According to legend, the temple houses a small statue of the Buddhist goddess of mercy, found in the Sumida River by two local fishermen in the year 628- but in fact not even the temper priests have ever seen it.

    When Edo became the capital of the Tokugawa shogunate, Asakusa began to flourish as an entertainment quarter. In the early 19th century even the kabuki theaters were located here. The Meiji Restoration and the opening of Japan to exotic new Western-style entertainments further enhanced Asakusa’s reputation as Fun city.

    The first place in Japan to call itself a “bar” opened in Asakusa in 1880 (and is still doing business); the first movie theater opened here in 1903. Before long, the streets and alleys around the temple were filled with music halls, burlesque theaters, cabarets, gambling dens, and watering holes of every description.

    Most of the temple quarter was firebombed to ashes in 1945. But by 1958 the people of the area had raised enough money to rebuild Sensoji and all of the important structures around it. So what if the restorations were in concrete? The original is still there in spirit-and no visitor should neglect it.

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    Start your exploration from the Asakusa Station, on the Ginza subway line (Tokyo’ first subway). A few steps from the exit is Kaminarimon (“Thunder God Gate”), the main entrance to the temple, hung with a pair of enormous red paper lanterns.

    From here, the long, narrow arcade called Nakamise-dori is lined with shops selling rice crackers, spices in gourd-shaped wooden bottles, dolls, toys, fans, children’s kimono, and ornaments and souvenirs of all sorts.

    Some of these shops have been operated by the same families for hundreds of years.
    The arcade ends at a two-story Pagoda and across the courtyard is the main hall of Sensoji. Visitors should be sure to stop at the huge bronze incense burner in front of the hall, to “bathe” in the smoke-an observance believed to bestow a year’s worth of good health.

    The building to the right of the main hall is the Asakusa Jinja, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the three legendary founders-the sanja –of Sensoji. (Buddhism and Shinto get along quite peacefully in Japan, sharing ground and even deities.)

    The Sanja Matsuri, held here every year on the third weekend in May, is the biggest most exuberant festival in Tokyo.

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        Found in the heart of Asakusa, in turn is Sensoji (also known as the Asakusa Kannon temple).
        Asakusa Kannon Temple 2 Chome-3-61 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
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        The Asakusa area is dotted with old cafes, bookstores, theaters, and shopping districts... walking around Asakusa gives you some idea about what Tokyo used to be like before the skyscrapers and neon of Shinjuku and other areas took over the city.

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      Jan 3.3 50.7 37.9 20
      Feb 4 75.3 39.2 29.6
      Mar 7.2 108.1 45 42.6
      Apr 12.8 131.8 55 51.9
      May 17.2 143.3 63 56.4
      Jun 21 174.9 69.8 68.9
      Jul 25.2 143.2 77.4 56.4
      Aug 26.4 153.4 79.5 60.4
      Sep 22.7 227.7 72.9 89.6
      Oct 16.6 205.8 61.9 81
      Nov 11.1 97.9 52 38.5
      Dec 5.8 56.4 42.4 22.2

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        • Sensoji is no doubt Asakusa’s biggest icon. It’s Tokyo’s oldest temple, built in the 628 and rebuilt after it was completely destroyed during the war. The temple is Buddhist (and not a Shinto) and is flanked by the giant Kaminarimon or Thunder Gate featuring Japanese version of the god of thunder and the god of wind. The end of the stretch links to Hōzōmon Gate, the gate that leads to the main hall of Sensoji. Senso-ji Main Temple grounds. By the time I got here after being distracted by the Nakamise market stalls, it was approaching evening and the sun is beginning to set. Yet there are many people still at the shrines, offering their prayers and seeking blessings. I’m not Buddhist but I understand faith. Watching so many people do this really puts things in perspective: all of us have things in our lives that could go better. All of us need help. When I was sitting on a bench just observing people, it was a point in my life that I could really need help and I remember how alone I felt at the time, with thoughts constantly racing through my mind. A constant sense of unease. But I guess, there are just things in life - as these visitors might already know -  help will have to come from faith.
        • one of the oldest temple ib tokyo
        • Sintoist Temple parte of It is close forma the 20/20 celebretions
        • So nice place
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