The second day, I came to Asakusa.
Asakusa is located at the center area of Tokyo. Going through the World War II and The Great Kantō earthquake, Asakusa still luckily kept its old-style buildings. Asakusa now become a place for us to feel the traditional style of the Edo period (1603 – 1868 AD) in Tokyo.
I love old streets, old landscapes and old things. Also, the headquarter of Asahi, my favorite Beer, is also located in the Asakusa area. There is no reason that I didn’t visit Asakusa. As my friends are not free, I came alone to Asakusa of the old Tokyo style.
Going out from the train station, What I could see were old buildings full of history, but together with tourists’ shops. Traditional foods, souvenirs, decorations like Ninja, Sumo, all show the taste of tourism. Of course, there were also many tourists. Passing the shops, I saw the signage of “no picture and video” outside each shop. Seems they had already been suffering from the tourism.
I found a small theatre of traditional Japanese dance but no one visit haha. Passed through the old town district and I arrived the hot spot Kaminari Gate (Furai Shrine Gate). Kaminari gate was believed to protect the temple from the wind disaster and flood and it already has the history of 1000 years. Looking at this solemn gate, I felt a little bit impatient because there were too many people! Thought the Kaminari Gate is the Nakamise Avenue full of shops of souvenirs. I was not interested of it and went straight forward to the Sensoji Temple.
Sensoji Temple was built in 628AD, with over 1500 years’ history. It is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Every year, there are over 30 million people visiting the temple. It is also the center of the development of the Edo Period culture of Japan. Tokugawa Ieyasu also appointed the Sensoji Temple as the official prayer temple of Japan. But I had to say again, too many people lol. Lottery poetry is the must have action in Sensoji Temple. People burn incense, and poke the smoke toward their body. It means purify their body and good luck comes to them. I saw nearly 20 people kept poking the smoke and I could’t help taking video of them. Inside the temple, many and many people prayer but more were taking photos, although there was signage of no photo. Haha so I took out my camera also.
I always hate crowded place so I left soon. Finally I went to the Kamiya Bar to have my lunch. Kamiya Bar was opened in 1880. It is the first western Bar of Japan, Of course I couldn’t miss it! The 1st floor was the bar area but too many people so I skipped it and went to the restaurant area on the 2nd floor. Only one table occupied, Good! Denkibran is the signature of Kamiya Bar. It is a cocktail with brandy with alcohol 40%. I have to say it’s really great!
Asakusa is a famous downtown of the Edo period in Tokyo. I thought I may feel the old Edo but unfortunately it was already decorated by tourism. Plus the new Tokyo Skytree, It’s really crowded and crowded. I was a little bit disappointed but maybe I was too subjective. Maybe I may find a lot of good old streets if I tried to go a little further away from Sensoji Temple. But I didn’t haha. Maybe next time when I visited Tokyo again, I will come early when there is not so many tourists and feel the place again.
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