While the inas (moms) were here, we also went up to Tokyo to meet up with our nephew Zachariah. One of the first things we did in Tokyo was make a visit to Asakusa – to see the famous Buddhist temple Senso-ji. The temple is the oldest of its kind in Tokyo, dating to 645 AD. That’s almost 1400 years ago! Unfortunately the original structures were mostly destroyed in WW2 and rebuilt in the 1950s and 60s.
Here we are by the front gate – it was chilly in Tokyo!!
At the entrance, there was incense burning and you were supposed to waft it towards you as part of a cleansing process.
Here is a 5 story pagoda also on the temple grounds.
and a small shrine on the grounds:
and a shot of Mom and I at one of the buildings.
One of our (my?) favorite parts of Senso-ji, I’m a little ashamed to admit, was the touristy shopping area walking in. The walk is lined with shops selling everything you can imagine – and many things you can’t – and we really enjoyed perusing and trying the street food! Plus the walkway was lined with fake cherry blossoms – so cheery and festive!
Here are the moms trying a rice cookie!
and we all split this awesome chocolate dipped banana!
All in all, not the most Buddhist of all experiences, but definitely a must see in Tokyo!