At the beginning, there was no lantern at this “Kaminari” gate”. The current lantern is the fourth one. In 1960, A architect of “Matsushita” Electric Industrial (the present company name is “Panasonic”), Kounosuke Matsushita, when he was sick, he prayed at the temple. After his recovery, he donated the gate and the lantern as his gratidute and the “Kaminari” gate was completed.
What the lantern is for.
There are three lanterns at the “Senso” temple.All of the lanterns have dragon sculpture at the bottom. People believe that a dragon summons storm and lightening, and has a power to bring rain. The “Senso” temple was burned out many times so people worship that the dragon would save from fire. In addition, it is said that there was a story in “Sensoji engi” that a guardian dragon has been protecting a god:“Seikannon”.
|address||2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TOKYO|
|access||TokyoMetro Ginza line Asakusa station(5 min walk)
Toei subway asakusa-line Asakusa station(5 min walk)
|open||6.30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (April - September: from 6:00 a.m.)|
|closed||Open 365 days a year|