Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle

Fall/Winter 2017

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine

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DREAMSCAPES FALL/ WINTER 2017 14 IT'S GOOD TO ARRIVE AT THE SENSO-JI TEMPLE IN TOKYO'S ASAKUSA DISTRICT EARLY IF YOU WANT TO AVOID THE CROWDS. TOKYO Is On The Move BY STEVE GILLICK B y 9:00 a.m., visitors converge on the site from tour buses and the Tokyo Metro (subway), and after the manda- tory photos and selfies, they walk in wonder under the giant chochin or lantern that hangs from the Thunder Gate (Kaminarimon). The four-metre-high lantern is a traditional way of lighting a Buddhist temple, and the gate, orig- inally built in AD 941 and reconstructed several times since, serves as the main entrance to Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple. PRECIOUS TRADITIONS While passing through the gate, visitors come face-to-face with the terrifying images of Fujin, the god of wind, and Raijin, the god of thunder, protectors of the temple and the Buddhist religion. And then after exploring the stalls on Nakamise-dori, one of Tokyo's oldest shopping streets, visitors surround the Jokoro, the giant incense burner in front of the main temple building, and waft smoke toward and

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