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Hello Tokyo — A Stylish Rickshaw Ride

Hop aboard our rickshaw…

Join me and a rather well-known, ever-elegant, Parisian Gentleman (and my partner-in-life)…

( Sonya Nicholson and Hugo Jacomet)

Our driver is quite nice and rather funny. I think you’ll like him.

In the distance, do you see the Tokyo Sky Tree tower?  It is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo that reached its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world.  At night, the tower displays alternating colors, with one night shining blue and the next night illuminating purple.

The street lanterns lining the streets gives an ambiance of years past with a surreal romanticism filling the air.

– Time to disembark. Surrounding the Temple, the grounds are serene…

—Who would have thought that the 10 minute walk to the Temple Grounds would look like this?
And now a little history…or more than you ever wanted to know about a Buddhist temple:

From wiki: “Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji?) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakus, Taito, Tokyo, Japan.  It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendal sect, it became independent after World War II. Adjacent to the temple is a Shinto shrine, the Asakusa Shrine”  The photos above are of this temple.

According to legend, Senso-ji’s (senso-ji.jp) origins date to 628 A.D., when two fishermen in Asuka, then the capital of Japan, retrieved a statue of Kannon-Bosatsu, the Buddhist goddess of compassion. They brought the divine image to Haji no Nakamoto, the town headman, who converted his home into a temple devoted to the deity, establishing the oldest existing temple in Japan. The temple became a major site of worship during the centuries between its establishment and the present day, and its priests expanded its grounds and built an immense complex of shrines and halls of worship upon the site through the years. Senso-ji currently receives more than 30 million visitors annually. Admission is free, and the temple is open all year long (“Temples in Tokyo”, USA Today.)

This photo and the next one was borrowed from HectorBC of Flicker. Here is a building on the grounds with a single layer roof built on an aesthetic iki design, that has survived the big Kanto earthquake and the bombing of the second world war.

Another temple in Tokyo: The most authentic and impressive temple you’ll find in North West Tokyo is the Gokoku-ji just outside Ikebukuro.  It is a Buddhist temple in Tokyo’s Bunkyo-ku and  was established by the mother of the Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. In 1873, Emperor Meiji declared Gokoku-ji the Imperial mausoleum, and several of his children are buried there, as well as Emperor Meiji himself. It remains the Imperial mausoleum today.Gokoku-ji is also famous as the central temple that oversees the practice of the Japanese tea ceremony in all the country’s temples.The temple area includes traditional Japanese grounds, a pagoda, a tower, a garden of lanterns and housing. As for dates, Gokokuji is a Buddhist temple in the Bunkyo ward and was founded in 1681 in the Edo period.

A close up photo taken with my iPhone of a section of the Pagoda of Sensōji Temple, also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple.   Fascinating detail.

All and all, this is a day that I’ll never forget. ~Sonya

55 Comments Post a comment
  1. WOW! Tokyo is beautiful. These are some wonderful pics. Fascinating, Freshly Pressed fascinating. Thank you, I can’t wait to visit.

    September 7, 2012
  2. I so want to go to Tokyo even more now after I saw these photos!! Lovely post =)!

    September 7, 2012
  3. Brilliant!!

    September 7, 2012
  4. Love Tokyo. Was there about 5 years ago and would love to go back. Thanks for the photos, you went to many of the same places we did. The city is a fascinating mix of very old and traditional and ultra-modern.

    September 7, 2012
  5. Fay #

    Absolutely amazing pictures you got there – great memories for you. Wow your Rickshaws back must be strong to pull those all day! I can only imagine it was amazing😀

    September 7, 2012
  6. beautiful photos!!

    September 7, 2012
  7. this is great! Love the videos as they make you feel as if you’re really there🙂

    September 7, 2012
  8. Wonderful memories to share… 🙂

    September 7, 2012
  9. Great photos!

    September 8, 2012
  10. Loved the tour and the rickshaw ride.

    September 8, 2012
  11. Your photographs and words are all seasons, many emotions – yes, so much style, and flair..thanks so much, I really got an exotic flavour, and thanks for the rich information too.

    September 8, 2012
  12. Have never been there but it looks magical! And urban. And cultural. And fun.

    September 8, 2012
  13. Asakusa!!

    September 8, 2012
  14. i love your blog and have nominated you for a One Lovely Blog Award. If you’re interested you can find the rules of acceptance at: http://lifestyleover40.com/category/fashion/
    regards, Sara

    September 8, 2012
  15. Time-traveler #

    Ive been to many place, but never Tokyo. I’ve always been impressed with my sisters pictures and stories about the few times she has been. I love reading about other people’s experiences too.

    September 8, 2012
  16. Wow, your pictures are amazing. I really wish I could travel to Tokyo and see the same sights you are!!

    September 8, 2012
  17. These photos perfectly capture how I remember Tokyo and also reminded me of so many other small things… They have definitely sharpened my need to go back!

    September 8, 2012
  18. Nice! I’ve visited Tokyo before as well, but this captures another side to its highly modernized character🙂

    September 8, 2012
  19. Ha… His hot pants are hotter than Kylie’s! ;o)

    September 8, 2012
  20. Great Tokyo pictures. I stayed in a ryokan quite near the temple that you visited. Loved that neighborhood.
    Thanks for the beautiful photos and for allowing me to revisit Tokyo again. I’ve been three times – the last time 2008.

    jmm

    September 9, 2012
  21. I love your blog. I am a follower now. I am so glad you followed my blog judysp.wordpress.com otherwise I might never have found yours. Happy Blogging cheers Judy🙂

    September 9, 2012
  22. Beautiful pictures and very nice blog! As a Japanese I always recommend people from other countries to visit Asakusa. Personally I love there. it is showing Japan very well. you might understand what i mean…🙂

    September 9, 2012
    • Thank you tokyo girl, and I understand your recommendation, as I feel I want to return to Asakusa because this has been a very special day for me. Because of your comment, I added some obvious details about Askusa as well, so thank you for the inspiration. ~Sonya

      September 10, 2012
  23. Thank you for taking me to Tokyo! I wrote in my blog recently about my therapist telling me of her travels there a couple weeks ago and thanks to you I can put an actual visual to what she described to us. The temple is awe inspiring and the footage/pictures helps me understand the inspirations for anime’s etc. Those rick shaw drivers have to be in such great shape to do that all day long! Such a positive attitude too.

    September 9, 2012
  24. What a fabulous experience!

    September 9, 2012
  25. One of the things I love the most about blogging is the glimpse into other worlds. It’s so great seeing Tokyo through your camera lens! The pictures of the streets with the lanterns and paper lanterns are so evocative.

    September 9, 2012
  26. narcissista1 #

    Tokyo….so jealous. On my bucket list. Who’s the dapper gent!?!?

    September 10, 2012
  27. You should definitely go….you won’t regret it! The dapper gent is Hugo Jacomet, founder of Parisian Gentleman online magazine & filmmaker/director…it is a pleasure and honor to say that he’s my guy. ~S

    September 10, 2012
  28. I went to Tokyo many years ago. Love to go on a rickshaw next time. You and your guy has definitely made the rickshaw ride a stylish one! About the Buddhist temple, thanks for sharing. My visit to Japan was before I started to be interested in studying Asian art. Would love to go again soon to take a closer look at some Buddhist temples. Your post has indeed inspired me!

    September 10, 2012
  29. amb #

    Hi Sonya! What fabulous photos! I’m glad we’ve connected – I’m sure your photos will inspire my work in the future! Love them!!!

    September 10, 2012
  30. Loved the Photo’s! That was so much fun watching the video as well such an interesting post I felt as if I was there for a moment. How wonderful :+)

    September 10, 2012
  31. Very nice…makes me wish I was a world explorer. Enjoyed it very much

    September 11, 2012
  32. Thankyou…
    be good to yourself
    David

    September 11, 2012
  33. Love how you use photographs and video to really help tell the story. The facts also helped me learn too! Great post, thank-you.

    September 11, 2012
  34. It seems that you enjoy so much visiting this amazing city of Tokyo! Woow great!!!

    September 11, 2012
  35. Thanks for the ride!

    September 11, 2012
  36. Beautiful pictures of Tokyo!

    September 11, 2012
  37. Lu #

    Simply amazing pictures!

    September 12, 2012
  38. Chelsea Danger #

    Love your photos!

    September 12, 2012
  39. i love the lights and as you said, the ambience. lovely post and travel. i love to see pictures of other parts of the world. thanks for visiting me site.

    September 12, 2012
  40. These photos are transformative! I now want to take The Munchkin to Tokyo…

    September 12, 2012
  41. OMG!!! What an… Interesting… Ride!
    I always wanted to go to Japan – my 4 grandparents are japanese, and so is my husband.
    So jealous! Thank you for preparing me psychologically to my next trip! lol!

    September 12, 2012
  42. what fun! and interesting! love the photos!

    September 13, 2012
  43. Excellent!

    September 13, 2012
  44. Enjoyed the Rickshaw ride. Keep it up!

    September 14, 2012
  45. gingerbreadcafe #

    Great pictures, a great way to see the city.

    September 15, 2012
  46. Striking, how Japan, though finally industrializing at gunpoint, managed to do that both wholeheartedly and without losing its essence as a culture in the process. And then leaped to the front rank of industrial nations though short of natural resources. A unique and formidable accomplishment, seems to me…

    September 17, 2012
  47. How cool is your life?

    September 21, 2012
  48. I love Japan, it’s a very unique place. Great experience, the rickshaw ride, I’ll just have to try it on my next visit. Lovely photos, congratulations.

    September 26, 2012
  49. exceptional efforts to produce such a lovely post.The pictures are fascinating . Thank you for following my blog.(l hope l will be able to visit the orient in the future.)jalal

    September 26, 2012
  50. fivereflections #

    amazing photos

    September 30, 2012
  51. Great shots… Should try a rickshaw next time I visit Tokyo. Sensōji Temple was quiet when we visited.😉

    October 5, 2012
  52. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

    October 26, 2012
  53. Lovely Pictures I like,maybe one day i’ll visit the place.

    January 22, 2013
  54. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm #

    I am fluently in Japanese language 15 years me took to learn this wonderful language

    February 3, 2013

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