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Senso-ji temple in Tokyo

March 23, 2014

The only verkakte thing about living on the tip of Africa (aside from the most dire water shortage I’ve ever known) is that foreign lands are a very long haul away, unless of course you’re swanning off at higher speeds in a private jet or sashaying onto a flatbed in business class. After 2 days of flying, I eventually got to Tokyo and my grouch mood instantly lifted as I walked straight into an exquisite day of blue skies, a warm breeze on a crisp autumn day and the calm that a temple visit invariably brings. It was springtime and I was in Tokyo to capture cherry blossom season and absorb the beauty of that city as well as Kyoto and Hiroshima. This is the first in my diary of narratives of that unforgettable trip three years ago ….

Senso-ji temple was my first stop this morning. According to most, this is Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, one of Japan’s most revered cultural and religious icons built over a 1000 years ago, before the city itself was even here. Legend has it that in AD 628, 2 fisherman brothers pulled up a golden statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, and the temple was then built to enshrine it. The temple grounds, approached by the famous Nakamise-dōri streetare vast with a distinct olde world atmosphere – a glimpse into the Japan of yesteryear. It’s very grand with impressive pagodas, statues, shrines and wafts of incense… an amazing space and the perfect start to my spring visit.

More to follow as I journey through Japan.

Senso-jii Temple

Quaint side streets…

Approaching the Senso-jii temple via the Nakamise-dōri

The famous 5 Storey pagoda, 53m high, built in 1973- it’s the 2nd highest pagoda in Japan…

The cherry blossoms will be out soon….

Cherry blossom buds


For more, www.senso-ji.jp. / Asakusa in Taito

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