~*~ Sensoji Temple ~*~

June 6, 2010 shastokes

On our way to visit the Sensoji temple, the streets were filled and I saw people riding in human driven carriages.  Also, I saw a strange looking  man who had various toys and fish in fish bowls hanging from his hat.  Once we got to the entrance, there were tons of people taking photos of the statues  and our study abroad took the infamous “group photo”. Then we all split up to go on our separate ways to sight see. There were tons of shops that sold souvenirs,swords, clothing, food, drinks, and also temples that you could walk into.

This one temple I went into had a  place where you give a coin and say a prayer.  I was told, the bigger your prayer, the higher the amount you put in and you had to put in a coin on the way out if it was a major blessing/prayer. Many people were bowing their heads as they threw their coins in. Also, there was a place where you could get your fortunes told. The fortunes  were 100 yen and when you pulled out a stick with a symbol on it, you find the symbol on the draws to retrieve your piece of paper with the type of fortune you chose.  I got the “best fortune”. If you pulled a bad fortune, I was told that you should tie it so that it would not come true. There was a rack with different rows that had many bad fortunes tied to it. I tend to notice a couple of these at the various temples we visited throughout our stay in Japan.  They came in different shapes; ie. square and round.  A couple of my peers had pulled bad fortunes and many of us advised the students to tie them.

This place was definitely one of my favorites because of the many souvenir stores, beautiful temples and statues, and different foods people were selling. It kind of reminded me of the festivals that we have back at home.  Since it was a weekend, there was also a display of shrines people carried through the streets as they chanted! Even women were holding these shrines as they were crowded amongst the people.  The men and women wore robes and the shrines were different colors made out of gold. The shrines were very beautiful.

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  • 1. kiyabarden&hellip  | 

    Yes, that temple was really cool. It seemed as if it was some type of Japanese festival. Not only did I see that man but I also saw a few men with their butts out, in some sort of thong or something. That was really interesting. I also liked that site. It was very nice and seemed well rounded with tourists, shops and cultural foods. I enjoyed the visit.

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