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Asakusa / The Short Summary Of Asakusa area

Asakusa is an area located on the eastern Taito-ku in Tokyo. In general, Asakusa is implies the area around Senso-ji Temple (Kaminari-mon Gate). It was said that the name Asakusa comes from the landscape in ancient ages, so there were grassy field beside the large rivers, Japanese calls a fileld with short grass Asakusa. Before Edo Period, Asakusa was a very tiny village at the estuary of the Sumida-gawa River (Ara-kawa River).

In 628, fishermen at Asakusa Hamanari Hinokuma-no and his younger brother Takenari found a statue of Buddha at the Sumida-gawa River, and they took it and dedicated, this was the begining of Senso-ji Temple. Asakusa has developed as the temple town of Senso-ji. Moreover Asakusa was a port town until Edo Period. In Edo period, there were thoudands of Stores built at Kuramae across the Sumida-gawa River. Then thousands of samurais who were bureaucrats of the Edo Bakufu (the Edo Shogunate) lived there to protect the stores. And also owners of the store visits, therefore there were hundreds of shops opened. Through the Edo Period, Asakusa was the most energetic amusement area in Edo (Tokyo).

Now Asakusa is the most famous view point for the foreign tourists in Tokyo. Sanja Matsuri, The Fire Works Festival At Sumida-gawa River and The Samba Carnival At Asakusa are very famous events.


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