Last Day in Japan

Although my first day in Japan was accompanied by rain, my second (and final 😦 )  day in Japan was extremely beautiful! 🙂

A Beautiful Day in Japan & a Cute Cat on a Roof ;-)

A Beautiful Day in Japan & a Cute Cat on a Roof 😉

I traveled to Asakusa to visit the Buddhist Temple, Sensoji.  I was blown away by how the beautiful architecture was made even more beautiful by the way it was decorated with intricate designs and beautiful colors.

Sensoji Entrance Very Busy on a Thursday Morning

Sensoji Entrance
Very Busy on a Thursday Morning

Sensoji Temple Lantern Look at That Incredible Artwork on the Bottom of the Lantern!

Sensoji Temple Lantern
Look at That Incredible Artwork on the Bottom of the Lantern!

I got to see Buddha’s sandals.

Sensoji Buddha's Sandals

Sensoji
Buddha’s Sandals

Before I entered the holiest part of the temple, there were some traditional acts that I had to do first. (Fortunately, I had a friend with me who was able to explain what I had to do 🙂 )

First, I went to the smoke well, scooped out smoke with my hand, and placed the smoke on the part of my body that I felt was ailed. The smoke is believed to heal you.

Sensoji Healing Smoke Well

Sensoji Healing Smoke Well

Second, I went to the cleansing fountain. I took a ladle, scooped out water, poured it into each of my hands. Then I put water from my hand in my mouth and spit it out in the drain surrounding the base of the fountain.

Sensoji Cleansing Fountain

Sensoji Cleansing Fountain

Once I got to the holiest part of the temple, I made an offering, clapped, bowed, and said a prayer.

Sensoji This Is Where You Make an Offering, Clap, Bow, and Say a Prayer.

Sensoji
This Is Where You Make an Offering, Clap, Bow, and Say a Prayer.

After this, I learned how to get my fortune.

First I made an offering.Then I shook a box until a stick with a number on it came out.

Sensoji  Where You Can Receive Your Fortune

Sensoji
Where You Can Receive Your Fortune

Then I found the drawer that matched the number on my stick. This was the location of my fortune.

Sensoji Fortune

Sensoji
Fortune

After this, I left the Buddhist Temple.

Sensoji

Sensoji

Next, I visited the Shinto Shrine located next to the Buddhist Temple.

Shinto Shrine

Shinto Shrine

Shinto Shrine

Shinto Shrine

After this, I traveled to Ueno Park in order to see many beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) trees! When I visited Japan, I was super lucky because the cherry blossoms bloomed earlier than normal! This park was just BREATHTAKING!

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

My trip  to Japan was only 2 full days, but it was truly amazing!

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