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Asakusa (浅草) – Part 1

sensoji temple asakusa japan

On a recent Friday, Linda, Ryan, and I visited Asakusa. I thought it wouldn’t be so crowded, being as how it wasn’t a weekend. However, it was swarming with people, just like how I remembered it from my first visit here in the late 1980s.

nakamisedori asakusa tokyo japan

Nakamisedori (仲見世通り) is a long street, featuring almost 100 shops as you approach the temple. The exterior of the temple is currently being remodeled. The original temple is the oldest in Tokyo.

We followed the tour/map in Tokyo: Exploring the City of the Shogun (which I recommend) for the most part, but the pictures you see here are out of order.

asakusa kaminarimon  gate lantern tokyo japan

Here we are in front of the famous Kaminarimon (雷門). Ryan is growing fast. He passed up his mom a few weeks back and may catch me here soon too.

dancing god in asakusa odorigami

I have no idea what this last image is supposed to be. 踊神 means “dancing god,” but this is the ugliest looking dancing god (that can’t even dance) I have ever seen. This shot was taken on Rokku Broadway (六区ブロードウェイ), near the Asakusa Entertainment Hall and Toyokan.

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