(This post is the second in my Japan visit series, starting with Kon’nichiwa from Japan.)
You can tell how busy this conference has been, since I haven’t been able to update the blog nightly like I had planned! So I’ll just have to tell the story of my trip post-travel. But let’s at least try to get through last Sunday morning! After a night of walking the street market, we woke up early to do a little sightseeing at Sensō-ji Temple in Asakusa. Built around 645, it is Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. Supposedly, in 628, two brothers were fishing in the Sumida River when they caught a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
Although they tried to throw it back, it kept returning to them. As a result, the Sensō-ji Temple was built for Kannon nearby. Thus, the temple is also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple.
When we first arrived, we immediately saw the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), and at first I thought that was it!