Adventuring Abroad: A Tour of Tokyo, Part III

Hi friends. We are in the home stretch on our tour of Tokyo. Now this doesn’t mean that I don’t have much more Tokyo for you over the coming weeks and months, but I’ll be sprinkling them in along with other adventures (including Sydney, remember that place!?).

No, no, we haven’t forgotten about you, Sydney! Above: a sunset shot from Balls Head Reserve

Anyway, my last post left off with us knee-deep in the wilds of Nakamise Shopping Street. I’m happy to report that we made it through to the temple with only minimal damage to our wallets. But our trek through the market was worth it, because at the end was Sensōji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple. This is arguably Tokyo’s best known temple, and is dedicated to bodhisattva Kannon A.K.A. the Goddess of Mercy. It’s also Tokyo’s oldest temple – the first temple on this site was built all the way back in 645(!). As usual, I had my camera along for the trip, so enjoy a few snaps from Asakusa Kannon Temple:

Entering the Temple courtyard

The Asakusa Kannon Temple

Red Lantern

The dragon carving under the lantern

Incense for purification

A close-up of the temple

Beautiful details are everywhere at the Kannon Temple. Above: a set of lights and illustrated ceilings

Art on the ceiling

Inside the Temple

The Pagoda

Roof detail

Buddhas

And that is the beautiful Asakusa Kannon Temple – it really is a sight to see. For more pictures, please visit me over at Flickr, where you’ll also find many more from Tokyo and my other adventures in Asia.

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