Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo ~Bladder Cherry Market Day~

Sensoji Temple, located in Asakusa, is Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo. It is always crowded with numerous people, and the number of the people rise further when some festivity takes place.

Hozuki-ich, or Bladder Cherry Market, is one of the festivities. It is held on July 9th and 10th every year, related to "Day of 46,000 Blessings". It was said that worshiping on July 10th was equivalent to worshiping for 46,000 days and called "Day of 46,000 Blessings", but people wanted to become the first worshiper on that day and got to visit there the day ahead. In time, also July 9th came to be called "Day of 46,000 Blessings".

On those days, the temple bustles more than usual with the people who visit there to worship and get bladder cherries, summer fruits which were once used for medical herbs but are now mainly planted for decoration.

Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo ~Bladder Cherry Market Day~ [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Jul. 9th, 2012

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