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Sensoji is an ancient Buddhist temple in Tokyo.




(R) Tobu railway bridge over Sumida River (R) It shows Tokyo Sky Tree and a water bus on the Sumida, River: photographed in November 2015.


One of Tokyo Sky Tree's main purposes is as a television and radio broadcasting tower. Tokyo's current
broadcasting tower, TokyoTower, is at 333 m, and is no longer tall enough to give complete digital
terrestrial television broadcasting coverage because it is surrounded by many high-rise buildings.
The Tokyo Sky Tree is currently the tallest TV tower in the world, 634 m in height ( The higher second
observatory 450 m ), and the second highest structure in the world, after the Buri Khalifa Dubai.
There are four high-speed elevators, which runs 600 meters per minute, carrying 40 passengers to
the level of 350-meter high of the lower first observatory deck within 50 seconds.



(L) Tokyo Sky Tree (R) Pagoda of Sensou-ji temple, photographed in October 2011.

(L) 浅草寺 Snsouji Temple in 2015 (R) Thunder Gate to Sensouji Temple and a large lantern


(L) Snsouji Temple in 2015 (R) A dancer, who dressed as an egret, is making a parade in the temple approach.

A dancer dressed a s egret after a brilliant dancing in the Sensouji temple, photographed on November 3, 2015.



Sensoji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of
its most significant.

Dominating the entrance to the temple is the Kaminarimon or Thunder Gate; This imposing Buddhist
structure features a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red-and-black tones to suggest
thunder clouds and lightning. Beyond the Kaminarimon is Nakamise-Dori with its shops.
Within the precincts stand a stately five-story pagoda and the main hall, devoted to Kannon Bosatsu.
Many tourists, both Japanese and from abroad, visit Sensoji every year. Catering to the visiting crowds,
the surrounding area has many traditional shops and eating places that feature Japanese dishes,
e.g. hand-made noodles, sushi, tempura. Nakamise-Dori, the street leading from the Thunder Gate to
the temple itself, is lined with small shops selling souvenirs ranging from fans, woodblock prints, kimono
and other robes, Buddhist scrolls, old-times sweets, T-shirts, and cell-phone straps.



2016 Sanja Matsuri: Tokyo's Biggest and Wildest Festival 浅草三社祭り

This is the Asakusa Shrine, whose nickname Sanja-sama means shrine of the Three Gods.
The Sanja Festival was started to celebrate the three tutelary deities of the locality and
has long been nationally recognized as the wildest festival of Edo-Tokyo. It is counted
among the three great festivals that originated in Edo and still remains as an important event
of Tokyo. The festival ran three days ( May 13 - 15, 2016 ), and attracted almost 2 million visitors.


Sanja Matsuri and participants

Sanja Matsuri and participants

Sensouji Temple: The main temple building and an incense burner

(L) Incence burner (R) A gate to a private space to Sensouji


A Hidden Garden of Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo 伝法院庭園


A pagoda and pond: A lot of trees in the hidden garden of Sensouji

A large drawing room
伝法院大書院 and a stone bridge

A pond, small waterfall and lanterns

(L) A large drawing room of the Denpoin (R) A guide plate of the special opening event of Denpoin


Denpoin Garden is about 10,000 square meters carefully made in the image of landscape of Kanei-Era ( 1624-1644).
It locates behind the five-storied pagoda of Sensoji Temple. It is composed of a pond, small waterfall,
stone bridges and a drawing house. We can see the Tokyo Sky Tree from this secret garden. It is opened once or
twice a year for a limited number of day.

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