Posts Tagged ‘Edo Period’

As we continue along on my journey through the “Land of the Rising Sun” today we finds ourselves revisiting Asakusa and one of the places that I found myself having the breath being taken right out of me. This is the core of the historic Shitamachi District and one of the places in Tokyo where you can truly capture moments of the old Edo that thrived so long ago. This area mainly centers around the beautiful Senso-ji Temple which was founded in the 7th Century, although many structures were rebuilt after the 1923 Earthquake and then again after ariel bombings in the end of WW2 it is still an impressive site to behold and one I will revisit again!

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Beautiful mural I found as we arrived at our destination station! (Ginza Line)

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Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) gaurded by two Dieties, Fujin God of wind (right), and Raijin God of Thunder (left)

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One of the most recognizable sights at Senso-ji

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Beautifully carved underside of lantern

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Nakamise-dori, Pretty little stalls filled with all kinds of goodies from food treats to various types of souvenirs

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To ensure you are worthy there is a second gate Hozo-mon you must pass before you can reach the main temple

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Back side of Hozo-mon gate these 4.5m tall sandles were made by about 800 villagers from the Yamagata Prefecture

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Five story pagoda, a 1973 reconstruction of a pagoda built by Tokugowa Iemitsu

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Hondo (Main Hall)

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Incense cauldron to bring good health

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One of my favorites pictures I took this day!

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I didnt want to offend anyone but I felt moved to participate…

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Gorgeously crafted cleansing fountain

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Wood Painting above fountain

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View from top steps of the main hall

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Sight of Tokyo Skytree peeking in from above

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Some of my favorite shots taken on the surrounding grounds of the Temple

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“Bell of time”

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Just a rustle is all I heard and for a brief moment in time I forgot to breathe!

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Deliscious bowl of ramen to refill our exhausted selves!

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Quick pit-stop on the way back to the hotel in Odaiba

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Must have all of it!

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Night view of Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower

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Just in time to catch our friend’s night time show, at the end of another amazing day in Tokyo. Even now almost a year later I am still awestruck and am truly counting the days until we return!

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Our next adventure in Tokyo took us to Akasaka and a visit to Hie-Jinja. The present site of this Shinto Shrine dates from 1659, although the shrine was destroyed in 1945 and later rebuilt in 1967. My main obsession with visiting this shrine was the amazing tunnel of Torri that I just had to be able to pass through. As you follow us on our journey we will also be stopping along the way in Ginza, the Nihombashi Bridge and then to refuel and replenish at a delicious little curry restaurant on the outskirts of Akihabara.

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This kind of became one of our morning rituals, we devoured those tasty little danishes almost every morning on a bench just outside of our hotel.

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One of my favorite sites that I got to see every day!

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Tameike-sanno Station

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Hie-jinja

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This monkey holding her young depicts the shrines protection against miscarriages

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These amazing lanterns were displayed all through the outer grounds of the shrine

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Tunnel of Torri

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Rock Garden that bordered one side of the shrine

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Absolutely love the clash of modern and old in this water/rock garden outside of a Hotel at the base of the Shrine.

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Miniature Bamboo Forest

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Just outside of the Nishi-Ginza

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Of course I had to hit every Sanrio shop that I could find!

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Out of the serene and into Ginza

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Always such amazing trees everywhere!

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Had to go inside…

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Top floor of Mitsukoshi

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Surprising find that shares the top floor with its very own solar panel array and garden too!

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Nihombashi Bridge (Japan Bridge) dates back to the Edo period during which all distances were measured from this point.

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Great little place to stop and rest our feet alongside the Nihombashi Bridge

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Much needed and quite tasty curry after an exhausting day!

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And although not a drinker, I gotta say this became another one of my favorites treats after a long day of adventuring!