Asakusa Kannon Temple
This is the video footage and pictures I took at the Asakusa Kannon Temple earlier this April. I 1st posted about it here.
A little history on the temple:
The temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon, also known as Guan Yin, Kuan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy. According to legend, a statue of the Kannon was found in the Sumida River in 628 by two fishermen, the brothers Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari. The chief of their village, Hajino Nakamoto, recognized the sanctity of the statue and enshrined it by remodeling his own house into a small temple in Asakusa, so that the villagers could worship the Kannon.
The first temple was built on the site in 645, which makes it the oldest temple in Tokyo. In the early years of the Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu designated Sensō-ji as tutelary temple of the Tokugawa clan.
It was a really nice day and very busy at the temple grounds. The entire shopping street leading to the temple is filled with giftshops and food shops. Every 10 feet you get this yummy aroma of something tasty cooking, steaming, or baking. We couldn’t help but sample a few! The lil cakes with the pumpkin and bean paste filling is called deep fried manju (soft cake with red bean paste filling). Very tasty we had to go back for more. The white dumpling was steamed with meat and veggies inside, it was a lil sweet but good. We tried senbai, which are rice crackers flavored with soy sauce or seaweed. Some are sweet, spicy or salty, they’re kind of addicting actually.
After squeezing our way through the busy streets to the temple we went inside to look around, it’s really hard to get a look inside as you can see from the video, there was a gate blocking the view and losts of people. We didn’t stay inside too long, there was a lot of people waiting to get in to toss their coins and make wishes. We visited the garden area and various nearby shrines. It was so beautiful and meticulously maintained.
After lots of sight seeing, munching and shopping we headed over to Ueno park to see the Cherry Blossoms. There were so many people there having picnics. People of all ages, families, schools kids and friends all came to enough cherry blossom viewing. I was amazed at the amount of food people brought, everything looked so good. I just wanted to go sit with some people and join in on the picnic! Next time, I will be prepared with my own lil picnic.
The sun was setting, so it was off to dinner for us. We went to try Yakitori. yum. I’ll post a lil something about that soon.