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Sensoji Temple
Sensoji Temple
The Kaminarimon is the outer gate of the Sensoji, Asakusa's famous temple.
The Kaminarimon is the outer gate of the Sensoji, Asakusa's famous temple.

Asakusa (浅草) is the part of Tokyo most famous for the Sensoji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. There is also an above-average density of temples in nishi-(west)-Asakusa. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 625 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Sensoji Temple Tokyo, Japan Author: Leonard V Carlson User:Picturetokyo I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 625 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Sensoji Temple Tokyo, Japan Author: Leonard V Carlson User:Picturetokyo I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Download high resolution version (1000x773, 248 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1000x773, 248 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sensōji (金龍山浅草寺, KinryÅ«-zan Sensōji) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taitō Ward, Tokyo. ... Kuan Yin (Pinyin: Guanyin; also written Kwan Yin or in other variants which hyphenate or remove the space between the two words) is the bodhisattva of compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists. ...


Asakusa is on the north-east fringe of Central Tokyo, at the Eastern end of the Ginza subway line, approximately one mile east of the major Ueno railway/subway interchange. It is central to the area colloquially referred to as shitamachi (not an official designation), which literally means "low city," referring to the low elevation of this old part of Tokyo, on the banks of the Sumida River. As the name suggests, the area has a less frenetic and more traditionally Japanese atmosphere than some other neighbourhoods of Tokyo. Ginza Line (Click on image to enlarge. ... Shinobazu Pond and Bentendo Hall in early spring Tokyo National Museum Pagoda of Kaneiji, now in Ueno Zoo Rodins Gates of Hell in front of the National Museum of Western Art Ueno (上野) is a district in Tokyos Taitō Ward, best known as the home of Ueno Station... The Sumida River flowing through Adachi, Tokyo The Sumida River (隅田川, Sumida-gawa) is a river which flows through Tokyo, Japan. ...


For most of the twentieth century, Asakusa was the major entertainment district in Tokyo. The golden years of Asakusa are vividly portrayed in Kawabata's novel "The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa" (1930; English translation, 2005). In its role as a pleasure district, it has now been surpassed by Shinjuku and other colorful areas of the city. Yasunari Kawabata ); (14 June 1899 - 16 April 1972) was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese to receive the award. ... Categories: Wards of Tokyo | Japan geography stubs ...


With so many religious establishments in the area, there are frequent matsuri (Shinto festivals) in Asakusa, as each temple or shrine hosts at least one matsuri per year, if not per season. The largest and most popular is the sanja matsuri in late spring, in which roads are closed from dawn until late in the evening. Stalls selling food or toys are a familiar sight at festivals throughout Japan. ... Shinto ) is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ...

Festival (matsuri) in Asakusa
Festival (matsuri) in Asakusa

In a city where there are very few buildings older than 50 years (owing to wartime bombing), Asakusa has a greater concentration of 1950s-60s buildings than most other areas of Tokyo. There are traditional ryokan (guest-houses), homes, and small-scale apartment buildings dotted throughout the district. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... B-29 bombers were used to drop hundreds of thousands of tons of explosives onto Japanese cities during the war. ... A ryokan (旅館) is a type of traditional Japanese inn dating from the Edo Era (1603–1868), when they served travellers along Japans highways. ...

Gate to the Asakusa Shrine.
Gate to the Asakusa Shrine.

In keeping with a peculiarly Tokyo tradition, Asakusa hosts a major cluster of domestic kitchenware stores on Kappabashi-dori, which is visited by many Tokyoites for essential supplies. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 322 KB) Summary The entry gate to Asakusa jinja (shrine). ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 322 KB) Summary The entry gate to Asakusa jinja (shrine). ... A giant chef marks the entrance to the southern end of Kappabashi-dori Kappabashi-dori, also known just as Kappabashi (Japanese: 合羽橋) or Kitchen Town, is a street in Tokyo between Ueno and Asakusa which is almost entirely populated with shops supplying the restaurant trade. ...


Next to the Sensoji temple grounds is a small carnival complex with rides, booths, and games, called Hanayashiki. The neighborhood theatres specialize in showing classic Japanese films, as many of the tourists are elderly Japanese.


Cruises down the Sumida River depart from a wharf only a 5-minute walk from the temple.


Because of its colorful location, downtown credentials, and relaxed atmosphere (by Tokyo standards), Asakusa is a popular accommodation choice for budget travellers.


Asakusa is also home to one of the geisha districts in Tokyo


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Coordinates: 35.71472° N 139.79673° E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Asakusa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (417 words)
Asakusa (浅草) is the part of Tokyo most famous for the Sensoji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon.
Asakusa is on the north-east fringe of Central Tokyo, at the Eastern end of the Ginza subway line, approximately one mile east of the major Ueno railway/subway interchange.
The golden years of Asakusa are vividly portrayed in Kawabata's novel "The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa" (1930; English translation, 2005).
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Asakusa Sanja Festival Matsuri Shinto Shrine Mikoshi Tokyo Japan I took this photograph and contribute it to the public domain.
In keeping with a peculiarly Tokyo tradition, Asakusa hosts a major cluster of domestic kitchenware stores on Kappabashi-dori, which is visited by many Tokyoites for essential supplies.
Asakusa, the heart of old downtown Tokyo, is where The early Japanese merchants originally settled.
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