Moving along

I’ve left Vietnam for this…


Here’s the back side:


Smell the incense!

A little prize for the first correct guess of what this structure is, and where it’s located.


16 responses to “Moving along

  1. Is that the gate to the Forbidden City?

  2. All I have is Japan, but it is so beautiful!

  3. You are just all over!

  4. It’s the Sensoji Buddhist Temple in a part of Tokyo called Asakusa. 🙂

  5. Sensoji Temple is sometimes referred to as Asakusa Temple. It is Tokyo’s oldest, and one of its most significant, temples. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect, it became independent after World War II. Adjacent to the temple is a Shinto shrine, the Asakusa Jinja.

    Dominating the entrance to the Sensoji Temple is the kaminari-mon or “Thunder Gate”. This imposing Buddhist structure features a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red-and-black tones to suggest thunderclouds and lightning. Kaminari-mon contains two protective deities – (left side) Raijin – God of Thunder and (right side) Fujin – God of Wind.

  6. simply amazing! Can’t wait to hear tales when you get back!

  7. Are you at Epcot? LOL

  8. It looks like I got to your post too late. And I even knew this one, too! 😉

    I hope you had a great time in Japan!

  9. You’re all over the map. Wonder where you’ll be next.

  10. Looks like your having a ball. What are people knitting? What are you knitting? Any good pattern books?

  11. Well, you all are pretty close. Yes, I was in Asakusa yesterday. Now I’m home, but extremely jet-lagged. If someone can come up with the name of this particular structure before I get back to blogging (tomorrow?), you’ll be the winner! If not, I’ll pick from the closest guess…

  12. It’s the gate at Asakusa temple called Houzoumon, and the lantern in the first photo is the Kofunamachi lantern. 🙂

  13. Hozomon Gate at Asakusa Shrine
    Asakusa Shrine (浅草神社, Asakusa Jinja) is a Shinto shrine next to the temple Sensō-ji. It is dedicated to the three men who established Sensō-ji. Two of them, fishermen named Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari, found a statue of the bosatsu Kannon in the river Sumida in 628. The third, the village headman, Haji no Nakatomo, built the temple.

    Once a part of the Sensō-ji, Asakusa Jinja became separate during the Meiji period. Asakusa Shrine is part of a larger grouping of sacred buildings in the area.

    The largest and most prominent lantern is a red chōchin that hangs under the center of the gate’s opening. The lantern displays the name of the town Funamachi.

  14. The particular structure is the Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate.

  15. No idea where it is, but it looks amazing!