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08/27/2015

The Thunder gate at Asakusa in Tokyo

 

This is the Kaminarimon gate, it means thunder gate.

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This is a gate of Sensouji-temple and a symbol of Asakusa.

Inside of the gate, there are wooden statues. Right side of it is the wind god. Left side of it is the thunder god. They are guardian gods of this temple.

The original gate was built in the 10th century. However the gate was burnt several times over the centuries. Today's gate was built in 1960 donated by Konosuke Matsushita who was one of the most famous Japanese business men.

08/26/2015

Tsukiji-Honganji-Temple at Tsukji in Tokyo

This is a Buddhist temple.

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The temple was originally built at Asakusa in 1617. However, the building was burned down by the big fire in 1657. The temple was not allowed to be reconstructed atthe original place, because the Shogunate government renovated the city planning for fire prevention.

The temple was rebuilt at Tsukiji. In 1923, the temple was burned again by the fire caused by the great Kanto earthquake. In 1934, the current main building was built. Thestructure is very unique. It combines Indian and Japanese Buddhism styles, and it has aGerman pipe organ. Free pipe organ concerts are held monthly. This temple acts as acommunity center for citizens.

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