I went to Sensoji temple when I visited Asakusa.
The uncrowded temple was nice. It is usually much more crowded when I visit there.
Unfortunately, Kaminari Mon Gate was renovated. I couldn’t take a nice shot.(´･ω･`)
Many souvenir shops on Nakamise street which is the approach to Sensoji temple would make you have fun.
I like Shin Nakamise Street than Nakamise Street.
Shops on Nakamise street are almost all souvenir shops having typical Japanese things, while shops on Shin Nakamise Street are normal shops like general stores, coffee shops, clothing stores, etc. But many shops sell discounted articles and they are very interesting to me. Moreover, some shops also sell typical Japanese things, so, I cannot help thinking that the street is in downtown Tokyo having a long history.
Walking on the back street is also fun too.
What is Sensoji Temple?
Sensoji Temple is a sacred place having about 1400-years history. The temple is a head monastery of Seikannon Buddhism which was independent of Tendai Buddhism. The principal idol is Goddess of Mercy Bodhisattva image (the Asakusa Kannon, absolute treasured Buddhist statue) .
Wow, does the temple have 1400-years histrory? OMG, the political city was in Western side at that time! I thought it had been built in Edo period (17 century to 19 century).…I didn’t know that! Though, I often visit there!!
However, the main hall of the temple got burn in 1945 because of WW2. The present hall was built in 1958.
Hmmm, the temple is greater than I though
Let’s go to the temple!
Purify yourself at Omizuya before visiting the main hall.
Then, go to the hall.
After that, I go to Yokodo to gain a Goshuin.
I drew a fortune at the end.
The fortune I drew was the final small fortune. Is it good or not?
It says I am gonna be in trouble but be happy at the end… Is it a good thing?
(*The fortune in Sensoji temple has the English translation on the second row of the back side.)
By the way, there is a rumor that the fortunes in Sensoji Temple apparently has more bad fortunes than other temples. In addition, fortune number 7 is the bad fortune if my memory is right.
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