The Grand Kaminarimon Gate
Learning to navigate around Tokyo using the subway system was a liberating experience. I could explore with no qualms of getting lost in this mega city. The possibilities were endless. Except for the fact that I would get tired sooner rather than later because I was trying to do too much in one day. In the morning I strolled up and down Omotesando, shopping for gifts at Oriental Bazaar and checking out the Hiroshige exhibition at the Ota Memorial Museum of Art. Refreshed and rested after a big lunch, I took the subway across town to Asakusa to see Sensoji Temple once more.
I took the side alleys to avoid the crowds and was surprised to see this rickshaw driver and delighted to have a photo of this woman in her beautiful kimono.
Here's the fountain from where the worshipper cleanses himself/herself before going to the temple. In the central courtyard is the censer where people gather to draw the smoke emanating from the burner and rubbing it on their bodies to get rid of stress and prepare the mind for worshipping in peace.
In an area beside the temple, I found a peaceful spot to commune with Buddha.
This quote from Buddha hits the mark. It says so much about our personal journeys in life.
"You are far from the end of your journey.
The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.
See how you love."
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Images by Charie