Written by Shirley T
Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00
Sensoji Temple premise is indeed a large compound. If one wish to explore every corner, shrine and hall, it may take at least 4 to 5 hours. Since we were on a DIY trip, we had the advantage to decide how long to spend.
Located almost next to Main Hall is Yogoda Hall. As the name suggest, it houses Yogushu - a group of Buddhas that follow the teachings of Bodhisattva Kannon. The current structure of Yogoda Hall was built in 1994 to commemorate the 1,200 th anniversary of the birth of Ennin.
Shibaraku is a popular piece in Kabuki or classical Japanese dance-drama. The copper sculpture that sits far on the north-east of Sensoji Main Hall is the statue of the 9th Danjuro Ichikawa (1868-1903), the famous Kabuki actor. He is shown in the role depicting 'Shibaraku' which was his forte.
If time permits, one shall not miss the unique small shrines and interesting statues within the temple's premise. In a neat, clean and green setting, there are several amazing structures among the nature under the sun. I believed these are mini shrines and sacred images since flowers are placed as offering.
We happened to visit on weekend, which possibly explains the existence of food stalls within temple precinct. Finger food ranging from snacks, strawberry/chocolate dipped banana, jello, grilled stuff and some local delicacy are among the good selections to fill up some fuel.
Get off at Asakusa subway station (Ginza Line or Tobu Line), 100 m walk towards west along Kaminari Mon Street.
Shrine grounds: Always open (365 days)
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