I'm losing my momentum with these Tokyo postings. Will try to get through the last couple of days real quick. Love talking about food and all, but when it comes to sights and places we saw, suddenly the mind shuts down...very uncultured. I'll just post pictures and pick what I can from the net so this can get done soon.
So we went to Sensōji (浅草寺), also known as Asakusa Kannon, Tokyo's largest Buddhist temple. Up first is the Kaminarimon (雷門) or "Thunder Gate", featuring a much-photographed giant lantern.
View from main road.
View from inside the gate.
Right after the gate is the Nakamise shopping street, lots of shops selling souvenirs, food-stuff, ice-cream.
Past the arcade is the main gate Hōzōmon (宝蔵門), notable for a giant straw sandal (waraji) hung up on one side.
And you arrive at Sensoji Temple.
On your left is the the Gojūnoto (五重塔, 5-Story Pagoda), reputedly containing some of the ashes of the Buddha.
Right in front of the Kannondō (観音堂, Kannon Hall), you see lots of worshippers trying to waft smoke from the incense burner onto their body as an act of purification.
Youtube video of worshippers doing just that.
Turn left at the temple and we come across more streets with different shops.
Here are some kimono-clad women browsing at these shops.
Interesting food-stalls; patrons sit on low tables and chow down...was really tempted to try the food here, but we knew we were going for more tempura soon.
Performance by a comedian I think; old folks were standing around laughing. The 5-Storeyed Pagoda nearby was built in honour of comedians.
Yet another futile attempt by Eddie and Brian to win something at a game-stall.
Boys posing with sake barrels.
Left Sensoji Temple and headed for our Round 2 lunch, on our way out, saw these dogs. I actually thought this was a new breed of dog; but the furry bit is just their "hairpiece". Why do owners do this to their dogs?