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Getting on the rikisha(人力車) which has been on my mind. -Part2-

I will introduce the place we went under Rikisha boy's guidance.

 

During going around, rikisha boy stops rikisha at a famous place and gave us its introduction, and he takes photos for us at a photogenic place.

 

This service makes us relieved because we don't need to worry that "we didn't take any photos even though it's very exciting!"

 

 

■Along the Sumida river

There are a lot of sakura trees along the river, 343 trees in Sumida-ku area side and about 600 trees in Taito-ku area side.

These sakura trees were originally planted at the era of Tokugawa Yoshimune who was the eighth shogun(general) at the Edo shogunate.

 

In the past, sumida river frequently flooded and a levee was often breached. That was why sakura trees were planted and hanami was recommended there.

It was thought that soil was trod and compacted by people who came for hanami.

Very interesting idea!

 

 

■Superb veiew point of Tokyo sky tree

Tokyo sky tree was built as an alternative broadcast tower to Tokyo tower and it's 634m high.

634m can be read as "musashi (6 is mu, 3 is sa and 4 is shi)" in japanese. Musashi is an old name of Tokyo. 

Sky tree is a conical but actually the base is triangular, thus its appearence becomes circular as it goes up.

Therefore, you can see its curve at a certain angle.

The curve also suggests a curve of japanese sword.

Sky tree is a very popular tower as a new landmark of Tokyo.

 

 

■Nitenmon

An east side gate of Sensoji. It is designated as a National important cultural proporties.

Rikisha boy brought us to this point for its really photogenic view.

This photo makes us feel like we traveled into the past as there are no buildings in the background.

 

 

 

■Asakusa shrine

This is a shrine located in north of Senso-ji.

The origin of this shrine is said that a certain brothers picked up a statue of kannnon  during fishing in Sumida river and worship it in the past. This shrine is called "Sanshasama (三社様)" because three people are enshrined, who are the brothers and a certain sage who enshrined the statue of kannnon.

 

"Sansha matsuri(三社祭)", which is a very famous festival in Asakusa, originated from this shrine.

 

 

 

We saw "mikoshi(portable shrine)" which are  used in the festival.

There were three mikoshi for sure.

This Sansha matsuri is held every May and is very lively and energetic festival.

 

We saw other rikishas around.

 

Shrine itself is a highly rated building as a representative gongen-zukuri style shrine of early Edo period, which were reconstructed by the third shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu in the Edo shogunate.

 

The roof looks really cool.

We could see the roof well from rikisha because rikisha body is high.

 

This time I will devide this rikisha blog into two.

To be continued...

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