Japan Travel: Asakusa & Sensoji Temple

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Asakusa

Asakusa è un quartiere che si trova nella parte nord-est di Tokyo, delimitato dal fiume Sumida. Un luogo interessante soprattutto per la presenza del tempio Sensōji dedicato a Kannon Sama, la Dea Buddista della misericordia. Appena passato il Kaminarimon (la porta del “tuono” con la sua grande lanterna di carta rossa chiamato Chōchin) ci immettiamo nella famosa Nakamise Dori. Questa è una via piena di bancarelle in cui si possono trovare molti oggetti e vestiti tradizionali insieme a giochi per i bambini. Per gli amanti dell’arte culinaria, potete assaggiare prodotti tradizionali come i senbei (crackers di riso in salsa di soia) i fantastici yakisoba (spaghetti di grano saraceno saltati alla piastra) e gli yakitori (spiedini di pollo grigliati).

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Un po’ di tutto insomma, se cercate un posto per ristorarvi, acquistare souvenirs e sentirsi completamente immersi nella tradizione Giapponese, credo che Asakusa faccia al caso vostro. Inoltre l’ambiente è reso ancora più particolare dai portantini, in abiti tradizionali, che trasportano i turisti nei risciò. E’ anche un centro molto comodo nel caso cercaste posti divertenti per i bambini. Intorno ad Asakusa potete trovare il più vecchio parco giochi del Giappone, lo Hanayashiki.

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Aperto nel 1853 e è stato successivamente abbandonato totalmente durante la seconda guerra mondiale. Nel 1949, dopo un paio di anni di lavori per la ristrutturazione e per l’adeguamento alle norme di sicurezza, è stato riaperto.
Una cosa carina da vedere è la mascotte del parco, la Panda car con cui i bambini possono divertirsi a guidarla.

Il Tempio Sensō-ji

Il Sensō-ji è un Tempio dedicato al boshisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara).
La leggenda narra della statua d’oro di Kannon trovata nel fiume Sumida dai due pescatori Hinokuma Hamanari e Hinokuma Takenari nel 628. La statua venne poi conservata dal capo del Villaggio Hajino Nakamoto nella sua casa ad Asakusa. Successivamente questa fu adibita a tempio, così da permettere ai visitatori di venerarla.

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Il vero tempio invece fu costruito nel 645 e raso al suolo durante la seconda guerra Mondiale. Essendo stato ricostruito in seguito, è ora simbolo di rinascita dalle ceneri e di pace per tutti i Giapponesi. Inoltre, un albero è cresciuto all’interno del tronco di un precedente albero che fu distrutto dai bombardamenti. Anche questo è un ulteriore simbolo di rinascita.

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Nel Sensō-ji si svolge il più importante festival Giapponese, il Sanja Matsuri, in primavera. Della durata di 3/4 giorni, il festival attira molte persone tra turisti e gente del posto.
Questo Festival ha subito varie trasformazioni. Originariamente parte come un “funamatsuri”, ovvero una cerimonia che si svolge su una nave. Successivamente, è diventato comune usare i “dashi”, che sono carri da cerimonia. Arriva alla sua forma odierna in cui tre “mikoshi” (altari) vengono portati in processione.
Nel tempio potete trovare dei distributori di omikuji (biglietto contenente una predizione divina), ed anche un giardino in stile tradizionale Giapponese.

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Asakusa in pillole:

Dove: nord-est tokyo
Particolarità: Tempio Sensoji, Kaminarimon, parco giochi Hanayashiki, Nakamise Dori
Cibo: senbei, yakisoba, yakitori e varie specialità della tradizione culinaria Giapponese

Photo Credits: Google Images & Japan Italy Bridge

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Asakusa

Asakusa is one of the most famous district of Tokyo. Situated in the north-east side of the city and delimited by the Sumida river. Asakusa is a very interesting place mostly thanks to the Sensōji temple dedicated to Kannon Sama, Buddhist goddess of mercy.
Passing the Kaminarimon, the door of “thunder” with its big red paper lantern called Chōchin, there’s the famous Nakamise Dori. This is a peculiar street is full of stands where you can find many items and traditional clothes together with toys for children. For all the food lovers, here you can taste the traditional meals like Senbei (rice crackers in soy sauce), the amazing Yakisoba (buckwheat noodles) and Yakitori (grilled chicken skewers).

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If you are looking for a place where to rest, buy souvenirs and feel completely submerged in Japanese history and tradition, come to Asakusa. Here you can find a little bit of everything. The ambience is even more peculiar thanks to the porters in traditional clothes and the rickshaws.

Asakusa is also a wonderful place for kids. Around here you can find the oldest playground in Japan, Hanayashiki.

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Opened since 1853 and completely abandoned afterwards after the Second World War. Due to this, in 1949, following a couple of years of restoration and update for safety measures, the playground re-opened. Something very cute to see is the mascotte of the playground, the Panda Car and the kids can have fun driving it.

Sensō-ji Temple

The Sensō-ji is a temple dedicated to the boshisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara). Legend says that the golden statue of Kannon found in the Sumida river by two fishermen, Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari in 628. The statue was then preserved from the head of the village Hajino Nakamoto in his house in Asakusa.

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The house became a temple but the actual shrine was built in 645. Restored after the destruction of World War II, the temple is now a symbol of rebirth and peace for all Japanese. Furthermore, a tree was born inside the trunk of a previous one destroyed by the bombing and became another symbol of rebirth.

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The Sanja Matsuri, the most important Japanese festival, takes place at Sensō-ji in spring. It lasts 3/4 days and it attracts a lot of people between tourists and in loco. This festival has been transformed quite a few times. Originally it started as “funamatsuri”, a ceremony taking place on a ship. However, after changing to the use of “dashi”, ceremonial carts, it took its modern form with three “mikoshi”, altars, shown in a procession.

In the temple you can find omikuji dispensers, tickets containing a divine prophecy. Also it’s famous for its zen garden in typical Japanese style.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

Asakusa in pills:

Where: North-east Tokyo
Peculiarities: Sensō-ji Temple, Kaminarimon, Hanayashiki playground, Nakamise Dori
Food: Senbei, Yakisoba, Yakitori and other specialties of the Japanese cuisine

Photo Credits: Google Images & Japan Italy Bridge

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Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

Asakusa

Asakusa is one of the most famous district of Tokyo. Situated in the north-east side of the city and delimited by the Sumida river. Asakusa is a very interesting place mostly thanks to the Sensōji temple dedicated to Kannon Sama, Buddhist goddess of mercy.
Passing the Kaminarimon, the door of “thunder” with its big red paper lantern called Chōchin, there’s the famous Nakamise Dori. This is a peculiar street is full of stands where you can find many items and traditional clothes together with toys for children. For all the food lovers, here you can taste the traditional meals like Senbei (rice crackers in soy sauce), the amazing Yakisoba (buckwheat noodles) and Yakitori (grilled chicken skewers).

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

If you are looking for a place where to rest, buy souvenirs and feel completely submerged in Japanese history and tradition, come to Asakusa. Here you can find a little bit of everything. The ambience is even more peculiar thanks to the porters in traditional clothes and the rickshaws.

Asakusa is also a wonderful place for kids. Around here you can find the oldest playground in Japan, Hanayashiki.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

Opened since 1853 and completely abandoned afterwards after the Second World War. Due to this, in 1949, following a couple of years of restoration and update for safety measures, the playground re-opened. Something very cute to see is the mascotte of the playground, the Panda Car and the kids can have fun driving it.

Sensō-ji Temple

The Sensō-ji is a temple dedicated to the boshisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara). Legend says that the golden statue of Kannon found in the Sumida river by two fishermen, Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari in 628. The statue was then preserved from the head of the village Hajino Nakamoto in his house in Asakusa.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

The house became a temple but the actual shrine was built in 645. Restored after the destruction of World War II, the temple is now a symbol of rebirth and peace for all Japanese. Furthermore, a tree was born inside the trunk of a previous one destroyed by the bombing and became another symbol of rebirth.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

The Sanja Matsuri, the most important Japanese festival, takes place at Sensō-ji in spring. It lasts 3/4 days and it attracts a lot of people between tourists and in loco. This festival has been transformed quite a few times. Originally it started as “funamatsuri”, a ceremony taking place on a ship. However, after changing to the use of “dashi”, ceremonial carts, it took its modern form with three “mikoshi”, altars, shown in a procession.

In the temple you can find omikuji dispensers, tickets containing a divine prophecy. Also it’s famous for its zen garden in typical Japanese style.

Asakusa, japan italy bridge, sensoji, sensoji temple,

Asakusa in pills:

Where: North-east Tokyo
Peculiarities: Sensō-ji Temple, Kaminarimon, Hanayashiki playground, Nakamise Dori
Food: Senbei, Yakisoba, Yakitori and other specialties of the Japanese cuisine

Photo Credits: Google Images & Japan Italy Bridge

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