Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Kaminarimon Gate

The Kaminarimon Gate is one of the attractions in Asakusa. Known as the "Thunder Gate", it stands at the entrance of the processional walk to the Senso-ji Temple. Standing at over 11 meters in height, the gate history dates back over 1,000 years. Over time though it has suffered many destructions and re-builds, ( mostly by fire) the current one being dated at 1960.

The gate features a massive paper lantern, coloured in red and black to denote thunder clouds and lightning. There are also statues of Shinto Gods guarding the gate, Raijin - the God of Thunder, and Fujin - the God of Wind.

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