Senso-ji in Tokyo

Japanese uses Chinese characters.  The bottom character means "gateway"

The Shinto pagoda

Senso-ji is especially interesting because it is the site of a large Buddhist temple and a Shinto pagoda - two religions in one!  It is a bustling place with Japanese worshippers and camera-wielding tourists.  The sight of ladies in kimonos is common there and occasionally a man in traditional clothing.  The area is surrounded by tiny wooden shops selling everything from cookies with design burnt on with a hot iron to kimonos to swords.  There are also lots of restaurants on nearby cobble-stoned streets. 


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