Tokyo’s most visited temple

Tokyo’s most visited temple

On a searingly hot Sunday morning we took the Tokyo tube to the Asakusa district, walked along the Sumida River, and followed the crowds into the Sensō-ji temple.

Housing a golden image of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, what we see today is a 1958 rebuild of the original 16th century temple that was destroyed in a Second World War bombing raid.

As pictured above, Roger paid ¥100 to pull out a wooden stick from a silver box to reveal his fortune. Part of it said ‘The moon is covered in cloud. You will have difficulties in making any plans. Do your best and ask for help of others. Then you will be able to catch good fortune. You don’t have to worry; open your eyes and look to the future’.

Some readers may be confused by the swastica image shown above. This is the ancient East Asian Buddhist symbol, supposedly representing the footprints of the Buddha, not to be confused with the Nazi version, which is right-facing (rather than left-facing) and always at an angle.

Given the heat, we were incredibly impressed by the number of women and girls we saw wearing traditional Japanese Kimono, the formal style of clothing associated with politeness and good manners. How wonderful to see tradition being maintained. Don’t they look colourful and beautiful.


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