This is about “JTB USA sunrise Dynamic Tokyo Tour
~Asakusa Kannnon Temple / Nakamise Dori~.
Sensoji is the oldest and the most popular Buddhist temple in Tokyo. The promenade leading to the temple, called Nakamise-dori, is lined on both sides by many small food and souvenir shops. You can enjoy taking a walk around Nakamise dori and watching Asakusa Kannon.(40 min.)
Kaminari mon was originally constructed in 942 near in Komagata area but burnt down in 1865. It had never been rebuilt for 95 years. At the Bottom of the lamp, there is a heavy brass base and at the side by it you can find three dragons made of wood.
According to legend, early in the morning of March 18 in 628, two fisher men named Hinokuma Hamanari and his brother Takenari was fishing in the Sumida river, Tokyo. They pulled up their net and found something. It was a statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon.
The headman of them, Haji no Nakamoto, realized that it was the important Buddhist deity Bodhisattva Kannnon. And then he enshrined it by remodeling his own house into a small temple in Asakusa. Moreover he spent his all life in devotion to it.
In 645, Shokai Shonin famous as a Buddhist priest visited the Asakusa district and built a Kannon hall. One day It was revealed to him in a dream that the Bodhisattva Kannnon should be hidden from human view. He followed the dream and still now the tradition has remained.