I remembered it was a Sunday when we were here. I suppose it was so crowded because it was a Sunday but I read that it could be crowded almost every other day since this is a famous tourist attraction. There’s a shopping street, Nakamise-dori, of over 200 meters leading to Senso-ji (Asakusa Kannon Temple) which sells Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from Asakusa area.
However, it was so crowded that I did not have a chance to stop by the stores to look at souvenirs or the snacks cos the people behind me were never-ending pushing to move forward. But I did manage to buy Black Sesame Flavored Ice Cream to eat and it was yummy!!! I love and cannot resist Ice Cream in Japan!!! 🙂
Finally, we saw Senso-ji after squeezing through Nakamise-dori. I am catholic but I love to visit the shrines and temples in Japan because I thought they are really beautiful and for someone like me who love to take photos, they are definitely good places to capture candid shots.
Some history of Senso-ji which is also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple. It is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa and is one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples. The legend says that in the year 628, 2 brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River. Even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them.
Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple. When approaching the temple, visitors will enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the outer gate of Sensoji Temple and the symbol of Asakusa.
From the outer gate to the temple’s second gate is the Hozomon. Beyond the Hozomon Gate are the temple’s main hall and a five storied pagoda. The Asakusa Shrine, built in the year 1649, stands only a few dozen meters to the left of the temple’s main building.
When at Asakusa Kannon Temple, a must-do is to draw lots to predict your luck for the year. First, inserts a 100 Yen Coin, shakes the silver container until a ‘Chopstick’ like stick comes out and take note of the number at the end of the stick. Put the stick back into the container. Then, look for the drawer indicating the number that you have drawn and take out the paper which dictates your luck or fortune. Lol.
I got myself a ‘Da Ji’ which means very good luck. If you get a good one, you can bring back the paper with you for greater luck. If you get a bad one, you have to tie it at the temple so that the bad luck stays there or rather left behind. ^^
There’s a supermarket near to Asakusa Kannon Temple and there’re really lots of interesting snacks, breads and drinks here. There’s my favorite Maxim Orea Chocolate powder here too! I will definitely walk over to this supermarket if I happen to visit Asakusa Kannon Temple again. 🙂