For starters, Sensoji is not an area, the suffix “ji” means temple, it’s located in the area called Asakusa. If you’ve ever seen anything involving Japan especially Tokyo, there’s a great chance you’ve seen Sensoji. It was even featured in Lost in Translation. Because of the major exposure my weariness about it started to rise, but unlike America where things of little to no value get a load of tourism, Sensoji is actually somewhat significant. The temple was originally built to enshrine the Japanese god Kannon in 645, who if I understand any mythology I’ve read, Kannon is one of the most kind gods ever. Now I’m gonna get fuzzy on dates, but when Buddhism was brought to Japan, the central idea that Japanese gods were not gods (despite still being called so) but that they were bodhisattva trying to lead people to enlightenment. I’m not only not sure when this happened, but I also don’t think there’s any way for someone like me to know how far it spread. It’s not like a buddhist monk could say such a thing and have everyone everywhere follow. But I digress it became largely significant when the area that Tokyo now occupies became significant, in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu moved the capital from Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo). He declared Sensoji to be the tutelary shrine of the Tokugawa Clan.

P.S. Since the last post, I have made all the pictures slightly larger so that if you click on them to actually see them a little closer, you can actually see bigger versions.

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