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Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

Asakusa Shrine Overview

Also referred as Sanja-sama, Asakusa Shrine is frequented by many devotees throughout the year. It is one of the popular Shinto shrines in Tokyo, Japan. It is located on the east side of the Senso-ji, a Budhist temple.

Architecture
Asakusa Temple in Tokyo depicts gongen-zukuri style architecture.

Establishment Year
Asakusa Shrine in Tokyo was established in the year 1649 and during the Japan’s Edi Period. The shrine was commissioned by Tokugawa Iemitsu.

Why was Shrine Constructed?
The shrine was constructed with the objective to give honor to the men who had contributed to the establishment of Senso-ji.

The Legend Goes Like This!
There were two brothers who were fishermen by profession. The fishermen, Hinokuma Takenari and Hinokuma Hamanari one day found a ‘bosatsu Kannon statuette’ in the Sumida River. The day was May 17, 628. The news reached the ears of landlord named Haji no Nakatomo. He went to meet the fishermen and apprised them about impassioned sermon about the Buddha. The brothers felt enlightened and developed faith in Buddhist religion. The brothers and landlord together consecrated Kannon statue in a temple, today known as the Sens?-ji. They also spend their whole lives preaching the principles of Buddhism. The Asakusa Shrine was constructed to pay regard to the brothers and landlord.

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