Thursday, 7 October 2010

Day 6 In Japan : Senso-Ji's Illumination

From Kawasaki on Day 5, we made our way back to Tokyo on Day 6 of our vacation and spent the evening  at Senso-Ji Temple  in Asakusa, viewing the temple's amazing illumination.

Excerpt taken from Senso-Ji's website about the illumination:
"Based on the theme of “A Shining Asakusa for the 21st Century,” this spectacular festival of lights commemorates the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Edo Shogunate. Since October 1, 2003, Senso-ji's main structures (Main Hall, Five-storied Pagoda, Hozomon Gate and Kaminarimon Gate) have been lit up every night. The concept was spearheaded by shop owners located in the Senso-ji vicinity, who wanted to boost Asakusa's image as an international district.

The lighting design was created by Motoko Ishii, one of Japan's top lighting designers who has also been involved in similar projects for some of Tokyo's other popular sightseeing spots, including Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge and Roppongi Hills. The lighting showcases the beauty of the vermillion tone of the temple buildings, which stand out brilliantly against the nighttime temple grounds. The design is also carefully planned to conserve energy."

Some photos of the temple that we took that night. I'll put up more photos  (better ones too, I think) later after this trip report of mine is finished.
 

26 comments:

  1. Oh, is that absolutely gorgeous and so ornate. What a special treat to see this. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I love it.

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  2. nice shots and thanks for the snippets. the temple looks beautifully illuminated at night.

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  3. Beautiful shots! And the place looks so tranquil. Thanks for sharing, Lina. Looking forward to more lovely picture.

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  4. The temple looks beautiful in the night! I like those lightings on the ground.

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  5. Where are the samurai's? Aren't they supposed to live in Temple's like that? LOL!

    Lovely temple though :D

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  6. @Poetic Shutterbug,
    I's nice to see the temple during the day too, but there'll be hordes of tourists and tour groups during the day. At night, one can enjoy the awesome temple in relatively unhurried pace. :)

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  7. @LR,
    It's lovely, isn't it. If you ever made it to Tokyo, you should visit the temple at night too! :)

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  8. @HappySurfer & Foong,
    Glad you like it. I like the "lamps" on the groun too. They arw decoratedby drawings made by residents and famous people, ifI'm not mistaken. :)

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  9. @Nick,
    Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon, which according to legend; whose statue was found by two fishermen. No samurai here. :D

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  10. Nice night scene in the first photo.

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  11. Its look like we watch the movies Lina. Hehehehe.... Do you had any chance try the Samurai outfit?

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  12. @Mei Teng,
    Thanks.

    I wish I had a tripod with me when I was there. :(

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  13. Nice !!!
    biasanya kalo g tokyo, mlm tak pernah kluo...dok dlm bilik hotel sbb kepenatan...zzzzzzzz

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  14. @Su,
    samalah kita. :D

    Tapi hari tu, sebab sehari suntuk berkampung kat rumah Kak Hani, tu yg segar bugar time mlm tu! LOL

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  15. Aiseh.... You never try kimono too?
    Hahahahaha.... Sound like I over excited plak.

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  16. @Zezebel,
    Full kimono, no. It's too expensive even to rent one. Kimono for free photo op - yes. Yukata - plenty of times.
    Samurai outfit means armour, heaadgear, etc : never. :D

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  17. The lights at night make the scenery even more dramatic.

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  18. @AVCr8teur,
    It sure does, doesn't it? I love the dramatic feel the lights made to the temple. :)

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  19. expensive? :o
    I dreaming or wearing kimono when I am going to japan one day. I wish. Uhuk2....

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  20. I so love the beautiful temples of Japan!

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  21. @zezebel,
    Maybe you can rent one at one of the places that caters for tourists and you can actually walk around in them too but doing that is not my cup of tea. :D

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  22. @ECL,
    They are lovely to look at. I however, limit myself to visiting just one or two temples per vacation. I'm afraid I'm not that big into temples (hence the reason Kyoto was visited only twice so far)

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  23. where's my comments here? it's all gone!!!

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  24. @Ayie,
    Any comments on posts made more than two weeks ago will have to be moderated by me. They are not gone.... :)

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