Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple is in the middle of the Asakusa area and was supposedly built there after two fishermen pulled up a small golden kannon buddha from the nearby Sumida River. Since the public is never allowed to see the statue, it sounds a little fishy to me. :)

Other than the famously large gate with its huge red lantern, there wasn't anything unusual to see. We walked around for a while and then walked along the Sumida River to the sumo hall. The January tournament happens to be going on right now, so we decided to stop by and see if we could get some of the general admission tickets that are available in the morning. Unfortunately, they were already sold out. We did see some sumo wrestlers walking around in their cotton kimonos, but none of them looked particularly impressive. Most of the wrestlers that would be around that early in the morning are the newbie wrestlers. Apparently, the famous ones don't show up until the afternoon bouts.


At 7:08 PM, Blogger David said...

*sigh* - Oh well, at least you tried :). The lower division wrestlers definitely usually look on the skinny side - it take a lot of work to gain the weight you need to fight in the upper divisions.


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