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Old town Asakusa

  • Nov 6, 2015
  • by Jaafoura

Tourism Kanto

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photo by Yuya Sekiguchi

Asakusa is a district in Taito, Tokyo, Japan, famous for the Senso-ji , a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannin. There are several other temples in Asakusa, as well as various festivals.






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photo by Hunter Nield

The development of Asakusa as an entertainment district during the Edo period came about in part because of the neighboring district, Kuramae. Kuramae was a district of storehouses for rice, which was then used as payment for servants of the feudal government. The keepers of these storage houses initially stored the rice for a small fee, but over the years began exchanging the rice for money or selling it to local shopkeepers at a margin. Though such trading, many fudasashibecame to have a considerable amount of disposable income and as result theaters and geisha houses began to spring up around Asakusa.

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photo by Lydia Liu

For most of the twentieth century, Asakusa remained a major entertainment district in Tokyo. The rokku or “Sixth District” was in particular famous as a theater district, featuring famous cinemas such as the Denkikan. The golden years of Asakusa are vividly portrayed in Yasunari Kawabata’s novel The scarlet gang of Asakusa(1930; English translation, 2005). The area was heavily damaged by US bombing raids during World War II, particularly the March 1945 fireboming of Tokyo. The area was rebuilt after the war, but has now been surpassed by Shinjuku and other colorful areas in the city, in its role as a pleasure district

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photo by Yas Sakata

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