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Hozomon Gate, Sensoji Temple – Tokyo

Crowds in front of Sensoji Temple, Hozomon Gate, Tokyo

I’ve suddenly realised it’s been over a year and a half since I visited Japan (have a look at these two posts on lovely Takayama if you haven’t yet), and I’ve not published a single thing about Tokyo.

It’s definitely not because I didn’t find the city interesting, quite the opposite. Tokyo is such a mesmerizing, complex, multilayered city that I honestly don’t know where to start, or if my photos and impressions can ever do it justice. I only spent four days there, which would be barely enough to scratch the surface of less captivating and bewildering places than Tokyo, so I’d say my fears are entirely justified.

I took this photo on a sunny Sunday morning near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, one of the most popular and enticing neighborhoods in a Tokyo. It would be interesting to visit this area early in the morning, without the crowds, but I was taken with the buzzing, festive atmosphere I found in and around the temple.

I was standing on Nakamise Street when I took this shot of Hozomon Gate, one of the two gates giving access to the temple grounds. Nakamise Street is a shopper’s paradise where you can find all sorts of charming traditional Japanese handicrafts and sweets, and on that morning it was bursting with locals and tourists enjoying the warm temperatures.

I have a bunch of photos and videos from that morning, so I suppose I really should get working on those and publish a long post one of these days.

Have you been to Sensoji Temple and the Asakusa neighborhood? Don’t hesitate to leave comment!

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