Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Senso-Ji Temple @ Asakusa, Tokyo

Every year, some 30 million visitors visit this oldest temple 
in Tokyo's Asakusa. Maybe tens of thousands have 
Blogged and Facebooked this powerful shrine as well. 
Here I will try to post something different 
besides their famous big red lantern.



 1. You can easily reach this famous temple by
any means of transportation.

By Train
Tobu ISKYTREE Line: Five minutes' walk from Asakusa Station
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: Five minutes' walk from Asakusa Station
Tsukuba Express Line: Five minutes' walk from Asakusa Station
Toei Subway Asakusa Line: Seven minutes' walk from 
the A4 exit of Asakusa Station




 2. A Happy Jump at the entrance.



 

3. Kawai ladies also came to pray. 

 


 4. The huge Red and Black lanterns at the main entrance.

 


5. Behind the lantern, a huge scene of tourists doing shopping.

 


6. I had a good time browsing the traditional products
and ate all their cakes & desserts.




 7. Nothing is cheap here but if you don't buy them here,
you might miss it forever! Elsewhere might not sell these
souvenirs.



 8. We had these freshest warm mochi sticks.
So yummilicious & sticky!



 9. Side view of the main temple's hall.




10. Another big red lantern upon entering the shrine of
the Kannon Boddisatva's statue.






11. The main altar of the Goddess Kannon.





12. Spotted a man doing a beautiful watercolour work of the
shrine with the Sky Tree Tower.



 13. This was what he was drawing.




 14. Beautiful big doors at the side entrance.




 15. Ladies in traditional kimono admiring the small 
landscaped area at the side.




 16. This garden has little shrines and lush landscaped plants
with Koi Fish ponds.






17. The koi fishes are very huge in Japan!





 18. The side view of the Kannon Temple.



19. I hope to get enlightened in this life.


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52 comments:

  1. I wonder how often they change the lantern

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  2. It's a beautiful temple! You leapt so high at the entrance. Wonder what the Japanese thought of that hee..hee...

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    1. The temple is very nice and majestic looking. I jumped every where and people just ran away. LOL

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  3. Good evening TM... Cooling weather now...

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    1. I jumped and jumped until my shoes ripped off. Sobs!

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  5. I went this temple twice; in 2010 and 2015 and I can see the huge differences between these two periods - the huge crowd. When I went for the very first time, the crowd was lesser but from my recent trip, adui! I feel like want to pengsan liao..So crowded and hardly for me to do shopping spree.

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    1. Wow! You lucky and went twice, I would go again if I ever visit Tokyo.
      It was also very crowded that day but I waited for the right moment to snap my photos.

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  6. Love your photo #9. So clear blue sky

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    1. Thank you. I snapped many photos but the blog space has to be limited otherwise my readers would flee.

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  7. I been to this temple, it's very nice indeed, but I got a bad divination here =.=!! Hope it is not true, as long as I keep think of the bright side, law of attraction! =]

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    1. I kinda believe the divination sticks there as it accurately predicted something about me without asking it.
      However if yours is bad, you can always go mandi bunga and chant many rounds of prayers to prevent or clear if off. Your fate is always in your own hands.

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  8. Nice! I was there during my last trip to Tokyo!
    Btw, thanks for your postcard! Lovely!

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    1. I am glad my postcards reached all the recipients safely this time.
      I am sure you might love to visit Tokyo again.

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  9. I am curious on the Goddess Kannon, have not heard of this Goddess before, I only know Guan Yin and Buddha and Wei Tuo Buddha, but I am there are many versions of God cos I know there are 88 types of Buddha

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    1. My mistake and I should have explained that the Goddess Kannon is the Japanese language for Guan Yin Pusa while the Di Zang Wang Pusa is called Jizo. I thought earlier that many would be aware.

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  10. It is cold today in SG cos it has been raining the past few days

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    1. The weather is pleasant in KL too with daily rains and cold winds. Nice!

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  11. I have never been here before, but I have seen this Senso-ji featured in a lot of samurai or bakufu Japan themed animes. Actually this temple is dedicated to Avalokitesvara (or Guanyin) which the Japanese call Kannon. But some of those animes sometimes portray this temple as where demonic monks used to live in and is the source of evil. It makes me very distressed to watch those anime and I usually stop watching.

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    1. I think you are cute and funny to get bothered by the fictions of anime.
      I knew it is a Guan Yin Boddisatva temple and should have written to explain.
      My first trip to Kyoto was crazy as my friend's son who is an anime and manga fan insisted to follow the trails of what he read. It kinda screwed our planned itinerary till they went separate ways.

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  12. Noticed someone taking a picture of you too when u took the jump!! By the way, I also noticed that you seemed to be following the two kawai girls too... Hahaaaaa.... Just kidding!!

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    1. Mana Ada orang took my photos?? I also thought the same but his hand was holding invisible camera. I jumped so much and that caused my shoes to tear.

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  13. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more... make me all the more envious!

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    1. Oh no please don't be envious. Your trip will come soon. More photos coming to tempt you. Ha ha ha

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  14. Anay sure look so happy lah... :)

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    1. Anay sure happy la as Tokyo had been delayed for years since the Fukushimq earthquake and its spills scare. Finally I met all friends in Tokyo and it was fun.

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  15. A tip though on the souvenir items - you can find similar items (that are not too touristy) at the nearby Kappabashi at a fraction of the price sold at Nakamise-dori.

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    1. Thanks for telling us about Kappabashi which I am not aware. Along the way at other places, I could not find as many souvenirs as sold in Sentoji area.

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  16. The last photo you should sit nearer to the camera...cannot see your face la.

    You went on a normal day right? Still so many people that. Hope your wishes comes true :)

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    1. Hey I purposely snapped photos faraway from cameras la. I was not the main attractions there, moreover my wrinkles need to be hidden! Wakakaka

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  17. wah ..that's really a beautiful temple and it's so crowded over there as well as it's so happening! I love the kawaii ladies leh...so fair and pretty ...hahaha
    On the other end, the temple park also very serene and quiet. Good to meditate there.

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    1. The whole temple and park was packed with tourists that day and everyday. I was just being patient to snap photos at every clear chance.

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  18. This place is awesome leh! I miss Japan la!!

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    1. Most of you have visited Tokyo before me and should visit Japan again yearly. So many different towns with lovely scenic spots.

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  19. wah, you are now a pro at jumping for photos now. Thank you for the nice photos. makes me want to go there again.

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    1. The more I jump, my shoes koyak lah!
      Go again while you still can walk. Life is short.

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  20. I gave this place a miss on my last trip... Asakusa is a little far from where we stayed :(

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    1. LOL... What an excuse! Their train lines are plenty and gets everywhere within minutes.

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  21. Ahhh, here starts your Japan trip marathon.. You said you will proper blog about it when you come back.. Eh, but before that, you promised us 3 posts of affairs/mistresses and black magic? I remember you know?

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    1. Yes yes yes.... I remembered that but someone tembak me not to procrastinate the trip with boring divorce topics. So how ah?? I better keep to my words.

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  22. #0.. i think this is one of the must-go places in Tokyo huh?? it's much being featured and talked about.. glad i was able to get there during my short trip to Tokyo two years ago..

    #1.. i went there by subway but i cannot remember which line i took, but they all stop at the same station!!

    #2.. wah!! Anay is so CB-f**kingly happy there with that jump!! :D

    #3.. i didn't see any kawaii Japanese girls during my visit!! indeed i saw many from the mainland~~

    #4.. seems like everyone must take photo of and with that huge lantern huh?? okay, I DID!!! :p

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    1. #5.. haha!! yes, i gotta agree with this.. it's already packed with people at the entrance, and after your braved through the entrance, you see another massive crowd leading to the temple..

      #6.. i would say, you stomach will get stuffed even by just tasting all the samples given out by the shops!! haha..

      #7.. well, i just passed by the shops because all are so packed with people, and glad that i am one who is not fancy of getting souvenirs!! :p

      #8.. i didn't get to try those freshest mochi made in front of the crowd!! too packed and i have a phobia to brave through the people.. :(

      #9.. i am amazed Anay was able to take a photo of the temple in a rather "quite" and "empty" mode!! what i saw during my trip were just people and people.. =.="

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    2. #10.. there must be a reason why every temple has got a lantern at the entrance huh?? did Anay go find out this story??

      #11.. oh, Anay just took a photo but did not go pray in there??

      #12.. very nice painting!! and that must be a day of perfect weather for outdoor activities?? i went there in summer and i guess no one would sit outdoor painting :p

      #13.. this is a place where we can also get a glimpse of the beautiful Tokyo Skytree..

      #14.. everything is beautiful there, how long did Anay spend admiring at every single inch of the temple?? :p

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    3. #15.. were those real Japanese ladies, or were they Letchumy and Anay in kimono?? muahahaha~~ :D

      #16.. oh, the little garden there which i think i have missed!!

      #17.. not only Koi fish but i think all animals and even crops are bigger in Japan, haha~~ :D

      #18.. beautiful shot.. the red color of the temple stood out so well with the clear blue sky as backdrop.. :)

      #19.. you surely will be enlightened Anay :)

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    4. Whoa! Thambee is so hardworking to reply with 19 comments. Anay pats Thambee's karipap head.

      Now I know why my shoes tore because i jumped too much lah. All your fault cos Anay don't like to steal Thambee's limelight doing the signature Usain Bolt's running. Nanti Kurage kacau again.

      Why temples have lanterns? Adoi. This is Chinese mah, anything red and lantern is symbolic, auspicious and light is divine.

      We spent close to 2 hours there praying and dancing in the gardens around the Koi Fish pond singing "Subaru"....!!!

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  23. Certainly one of my favourite places to go, Tan!

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  24. Beautiful photos in Japan. I would love to have mochi as always. With filling is even better.

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  25. Are there many temple with that big red lantern or that is the signature of ONE temple only in Japan?

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