April 24, 2007

Sensoji Temple in Tokyo

POST #    2460

In the Asakusa section of Tokyo is the Sensoji Temple (aka Asakusa Kannon Temple), the oldest temple in Tokyo. Its history dates back to 628 when, legend has it, two brothers found a golden statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy and happiness, while fishing in the nearby river. Completed in 645 (later destroyed during the war and rebuilt), the temple is a tribute to Kannon. Because of her ability to release humans from all suffering, visitors from around the world visit the temple. The actual gold statue is not on display, but is supposedly in the temple.

Leading up to the temple is Nakamise Dori, a small shopping lane with lots of traditional and souvenir shops. It seemed like a tourist trap to me, but there seemed to be some brisk business for the many of the vendors.

Incidentally, this is one of my favorite photos from the visit to the temple.

Posted by tien mao in Japan, Photos, Travel at 8:52 AM



i love asakusa. what lens are you using here?

Posted by: rion at April 24, 2007 1:22 PM

i believe all of them are the 17-40mm f/4L.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2007 1:49 PM

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