Tuesday, May 24, 2005


One of the things that has startled me about Japan is the way ancient and modern are mixed, apparently at random. Seemingly ancient shrines are dropped haphazardly between skyscrapers, and temples are wedged into the middle of shopping districts. Visiting Sensō-ji today has left me with an abiding impressions of a city locked in a battle between its past and present.

Standing on Nakamise-dori, the street leading from Kaminari-mon, the Thunder Gate, to the temple itself. Looking north to Hōzō-mon, the Treasure Gate.

Standing underneath Hōzō-mon looking northward across the temple complex to the main temple building.

Standing on the steps of Sensō-ji looking back towards Hōzō-mon, the Treasure Gate, which stands at the entrance to the main temple complex.

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