Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.
This week’s photo is from Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan.
Built in 1649, Asakusa-jinja (浅草神社), is one of Tokyo’s most famous shrines. Today the shrine has become a symbol of peace and rebirth since it is one of the only structures to survive the Tokyo air raids of 1945.
One of the first things you see when walking to Asakusa Shrine is the Kaminarimon, or “Thunder Gate” (雷門). This gate features a very impressive giant lantern that is very popular amongst tourists. The Kaminarimon, which was built over 1,000 years ago, is 38.5 feet tall and 37.5 feet wide. Giant! Photos just do not do this place justice– it is such a beautiful shrine, so please see it for yourself if given the chance.