Although my first day in Japan was accompanied by rain, my second (and final 😦 ) day in Japan was extremely beautiful! 🙂
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.
I got to see 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.
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.
Once I got to the holiest part of the temple, I made an offering, clapped, bowed, and said 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.
Then I found the drawer that matched the number on my stick. This was the location of my fortune.
After this, I left the Buddhist Temple.
Next, I visited the Shinto Shrine located next to the Buddhist Temple.
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!
My trip to Japan was only 2 full days, but it was truly amazing!