Asakusa Kannon Temple
Entrance to Asakusa Kannon Temple (pron: Asaksa), aka Sensoji,
with Japan's largest "paper" lantern. Shown here is Kaminarimon, the
Sensoji (aka Asakusa Kannon Temple) is located in Asakusa, a
central part of the Shitamachi.
The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of
Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida river, and even though
they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them.
Consequently, Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. The
temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.
Photo a3, 1987