Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Senso-ji Temple

On Saturday Joust-bananna and I visited Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, which has a more traditionally Japanese atmosphere than many other parts of Tokyo. The streets were packed. In the short blocks between the train station and the temple there were many small shops and vendors selling foods and traditional Japanese gifts.

Inside the temple we each bought an omikuji (fortune). After dropping 100 yen in a slot, you shake a metal box full of sticks and pull out one stick. Each stick has a number scratched on it that corresponds to a drawer containing the fortune. You match your selected stick with the drawer and there's your fortune! Mine was pretty good, in fact 'THE BEST FORTUNE". It says I will gradually become famous and peaceful.

Unfortunately Javelin-Slama's wasn't so good. In keeping with tradition, she tied her fortune to a rack so that the bad luck could be dispersed.

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