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For many centuries, Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), when the district was still located outside the city limits, Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, modern types of entertainment, including movie theaters, set foot in Asakusa.
From Kaminarimon “thunder gate” where a big paper lantern hangs down to sensouji “Asakusa temple” there is a shopping street “ Nakamise” where you will be able to find typical Japanese souvenirs such like local snacks, chopsticks, folding fans.
There are frequent matsuri (Shinto festivals) in Asakusa, as each temple or shrine hosts at least one matsuri a year. The largest and most popular is the Sanja Matsuri in May, when roads are closed from dawn until late in the evening.
However, large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World WarⅡ. The area was rebuilt after the war, but has now been surpassed by other popular areas such as Shinjuku in its role as a pleasure district.
The opening of the 634 meter tall Tokyo Skytree, a twenty minute walk across the Sumida River from Asakusa, has led to an increase of tourists recently.
by ys1042734 | 2014-09-25 06:09
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