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Asakusa Shrine

Kaminari-mon Gate, the

Interior of the

Asakusa Shrine was founded in 628 C.E. when two brother, Hamanari and Takenari pulled a Buddhist statue out of the Sumida River while fishing. The local chieftain took this as a sign, began to practice Buddhism in earnest, and founded the Sensoji Temple on the spot. The Asakusa shrine complex grew from these simple beginnings, and now the site houses numerous temples. The photo to the left shows the main entrance to the Askasusa complex, through the Kaminari-mon Gate, while the photo to the right shows an interior view of that entrance. The Kaminari-mon gate leads to Nakamise street, a bustling venue with shops on both sides, forming an entryway to the Kannondo Temple. The photo to the bottom left is a shot of Nakamise Street, looking back toward the Kaminari-mon gate. Midway between the gate and the Kannondo Temple is a large urn, shown in the photo to the lower right. The urn contains ashes, and is used to burn paper Nakamise, a row ofwishes. The wishes are purchased at the temple, and then committed to People placing theirthe urn while praying fervently that the wish be granted or avoided. Part of the process involves inhaling the smoke.


A scan of the AsakusaThe Hozo Mon Gate to theThe heart of the Asakusa complex is the Kannondo Temple, shown in the photo to the left. Entrance to the temple is made through the Hozo Mon Gate, which resembles the Kaminari-mon gate in structure, although a bit larger and more ornate. The gate was once referred to as the Nio Mon Gate because the statues of Nio, the Guardian diety of the Buddha, are installed on the right and left side of the gate, as well as paper lanterns dedicated by the local fisher markets in gratitude to Tokugawa Ieyasu. (photo to the right). Moving inward from the Nio Mon gate, is the Kannondo Hall or Asakusa Kannon. There is a public area and the inner Asakusa-Jingu. The photo at the lower left shows people in the outer area making wishes and pitching coins for good luck. The photo at the bottom left offers a glimpse of the inner shrine. There are in fact three shrines in the middle, main, and outer hall, and they are transported Worshipping inside Asakusaon the backs of Making wishes and throwing

worshippers during the Shanja Festival. The photo at the bottom  shows the Nite-mon Gate, the Shogun's entrance to the temple. This gate is on the east side of the Kannondo Hall.

Nite-mon Gate, the Shogun's

Torii gate at the entranceThe Five Story Pagoda,There are other temple temples more on the periphery of the complex. The photo to the right shows Dempo-in (priest's residence) and Goju-no-To, the Five Story Pagoda, another center of worship. The pagoda contains the ashes and memorial tablet of the Buddha, while the Denpoin Temple refers to the main temple of the Sensoji Temple, and was a study and library for priests. The photo to the right shows the Torii gate that leads to the original Asakusa Temple. It is named after a priest who rebuilt the temple.

Here is a list of some of the other shrines found in the Asakusa complex

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