Japan 2016 – Tokyo 3b – Meiji Jingu and Sensoji
Driving away bad spirits at Sensoji, Asakusa
This morning, we walked from the Minamisenju area to Asakusa. I have been to Tokyo before and I have a special place in my heart for Asakusa. I love that it’s so quiet and that there are plants and trees in places you don’t expect them to be.
Sensoji is a temple complex in Asakusa. We went to Sensoji after a good walk. Sensoji is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. It was first built in the 7th century and it is devoted to the boddhisattva Kannon.
We purified our faces in the steam at the temple yard. Then we threw money into a shrine, bowed and clapped and made a wish. Then, we got an omikuji. An omikuji is paper message that would tell us our fortune. Too bad, both of our fortunes were very bad. So we tied our paper fortunes to an iron rod. So we hopefully got rid of our bad fortunes We will be a bit careful because of the bad omen! One of the things that was written in both of our bad omikujis was that it’s a bad time to travel. Bah!
After that, we went to the temple market in front of the temple complex. There we ate senbei (rice crackers) and agemanju (fried cake with anko inside). Those are specialities of Asakusa.
The Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine complex near Harajuku. It is built for the spirits of emperor Meiji and his wife Shoken. It covers a big area and we did not get to see everything. But below are some pictures.
Later that day, we went to Shibuya. If you want to read about our adventures in Shibuya, please click here ^^.