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Old January 7th, 2010, 11:19 AM   #41
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Warped mirror image? Naah!








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GINZA… AT NIGHT











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AKIHABARA… AT NIGHT

The Akihabara electronics district surround the Akihabara station. Akihabara and electronics have been synonymous ever since. Brand name goods are available at discounted prices. Before, household appliances were the most popular products but nowadays the emphasis is on computers, cell phones and video games.






Laox Is a famous source of tax-free goods for tourists (but only if you buy at least Y10,000)





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ROPPONGI... AT NIGHT


Roppongi is the music and club center of Tokyo. You can find just about any music you want here. This is also the place for big name international restaurant chains.








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very interesting trip,can't wait for coninuing
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EAST SHINJUKU… AT NIGHT

East Shinjuku is where Tokyo plays. The area has been a nightlife center from Edo times. Since Shinjuku station opened in the 1880s, entertainments have been targeted at commuters en route back to the suburbs. East Shinjuku also hosts to some of Tokyo’s best department stores and designer shops.












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Studio Alta is instantly recognizable by its huge TV screen. It stands opposite the crossing from Shinjuku station and is a favorite place for meeting up.












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SENSO-JI TEMPLE, ASAKUSA, TOKYO

Along with Ueno, Asakusa contain what remains of Tokyo’s old Shimacho (low city), where merchants and artisans thrive. Life in Asakusa still revolves around the bustling Senso-ji Temple, but modernity is very much evident.







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Popularly known as Asakusa Kannon, Senso-ji Temple is Tokyo’s most sacred and spectacular temple. The original temple was built in AD645 and grew through the years. The temple survived the 1923 earthquake but not World War II bombing. Its main buildings are therefore relatively new, but follow the Edo-era layout.

The Kaminarimon Gate (Thunder Gate) burned down in 1865 and was not rebuilt until 1960. The guardian statues of Fujin and Raijin have old heads and new bodies.






The Nakamise-Dori is a treasure trove of traditional wares and crafts and modern souvenir items.















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The Hozo-mon Gate: Built in 1964 of reinforced concrete, this two-storey gate has a treasure house upstairs holding a number of 14th century Chinese sutras.








The Nade Botokesan Buddha is a delicate statue and has been polished smooth by the hands of those hoping for good luck and help with ailments.

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One of the temple’s focal points is the incense burner, constantly surrounded by people wafting the smoke over them to keep them healthy.




The Main Hall built in 1958… totally covered. It’s under restoration at time of visit.




Inside the hall is a gold-plated main shrine which houses the original Kannon image. Worshippers come to pay their respects by throwing coins and lighting candles.





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The five-storey pagoda built in 1973 is a replica of the original.






Beside the main hall is the Yougoudo hall which houses eight recent Budha statues.




Surrounding it is a stroll garden









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