Enjoy "Shirasagi no Mai" White Heron Parade & unique Secrets of Sumida tour!

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Let's explore the precincts of Tokyo's world famous Senso-ji temple & enjoy fascinating "secrets" of Asakusa & hidden treasures of the nearby Sumida river area on the annual Japanese 🎌 Culture Day (Bunka no Hi)!
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Did you know that Senso-ji is the world's #1 tourist destination? More than 7 million people visit the beautiful temple each year!
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Do you know the curious Tanuki temple, or the story of Nezumi-kozo, who's known as the Japanese Robin Hood? Did you know there's a shrine famed for cats & matchmaking? We'll share the lore with you!
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Imado-jinja, a Shinto shrine is an ancient, but little known place in Asakusa: "The shrine’s origins go back to the 11th century when a great samurai warrior called Minamoto no Yoshiie visited the area. Yoshiie came here in 1063 & again in 1081 to celebrate his victories in battle. Yoshiie prayed here giving thanks to Hachiman, the god of war."
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Today, the shrine is dedicated to three gods: Izanagi, Izanami, Fukurokuju & also the deified Emperor Ojin. Izanagi & Izanami are the first married couple in Shinto mythology. In the Japanese creation story, they are the mother & father of the Japanese islands! Fukurokuju is one of the Seven Lucky Gods & people pray to him for happiness, wealth & a long life.
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According to local legend, the famous beckoning cats, "Maneki-neko" originated in Imado! The story is, an old woman living there was so poor that she could not feed her pet cat & was forced to let it go. That night the cat appeared to the lady in a dream & spoke to her, saying, “If you make dolls in my image, I will bring you good fortune.” Following the cat’s instructions, the old woman had cat figurines made from Imado-yaki pottery ware & went to a shrine to sell them at the gates. The pottery cats quickly became very popular, so the old woman was saved from poverty!
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After Imado shrine, we'll walk East across the Sakurabashi river-bridge to visit several wonderful traditional Japanese sweet-shops, famous for Odango & Sakuramochi!
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Oishii sakuramochi originated at this famous shop where in springtime, many dozens of people wait in line to get the cherry-blossom flavored treats!
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We'll visit gorgeous Chinese-style Kofuku-ji temple, then stroll down to fascinating, somewhat spooky, Shinto Mimeguri-jinja, (patronized by the wealthy Mitsui family), then, among other places, we'll go to the beautiful park-side Ushijima-jinja, home to an unusual triple Tori arch & a legendary "petting cow", before crossing back over the river to Asakusa to finish near where we started.
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THIS WILL BE A VERY ENJOYABLE TOUR, SO LET'S ALL GO!
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MEETING POINT: We'll Meet-up on the corner of the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center: (the amazing building which looks like several houses piled up) which is right across the street from the Police Koban at Kaminarimon Gate, quite near the Asakusa Metro station: Just a few steps from Asakusa Station, served by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways.
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See here: https://images.adsttc.com/media/images/5018/b6fa/28ba/0d5d/5d00/05a3/newsletter/stringio.jpg?1414093482
MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/5mCZT8speBUhZJJd9
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From Tokyo Station: Take the JR Yamanote Line (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2370.html) to Kanda Station (2 minutes) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes).
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From Shinjuku Station: Take the orange JR Chuo Line (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2372.html) to Kanda Station (10 minutes) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes).
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NOTE: The Temple festival is FREE, but we work hard to plan interesting events and to guide you to the best places, so please give generously!
(Suggested: Students, Seniors or unemployed:¥1000-2000, others, pay from ¥3000-5000. Your choice!)
KIDS ARE WELCOME & free to join with a parent!
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This is a non-smoking meetup. If you must smoke, please do so only in proper smoking areas.
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Your comments and suggestions for future meetups are always welcome!
Thanks! Your Meetup organizer, Kerry 🌞🎌😃

2022年11月3日(木)
13:00~17:00

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Asakusa Culture Tourist Information center | 東京都台東区雷門2丁目18−9
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