Japanese Exchange - Edo Tokyo Museum and Asakusa
Today, we headed for the Edo Tokyo Museum and the Senso-Ji Temple at Asakusa with Mr Matsudaira as our guide.
The museum is housed in a unique looking building in the Ryogoku district. Its illustrates the cultural, political and social history of Tokyo, which was known as Edo until 1869. After the obligatory group photograph, the group travelled to Asakusa for lunch via the Tokyo underground. We were glad to have experienced guides (our Japanese hosts) with us as we may well have got lost otherwise!
Asakusa is the home of the Sensoji, which is a Buddist temple that houses the Kannon statue. According to tradition, two brothers found the statue in the Sumidagawa river in 628. The head of the village, Haji no Nakatomo recognised its divinity and rebuilt his house as a temple dedicated to it. Today, the temple and surrounding shopping stalls are visited by many millions of visitors each year.
The area also houses the Demboin and its garden. We were honoured to be allowed to visit this area as it is not open to the public. We were allowed access because the Head Monk has a son at Kanto School. He personally greeted the Invicta students with their hosts and showed us around the Demboin and attached museum. Later, he and his family took Miss Laming, Mrs Brewster and Mr Matsudaira to the non public area of the main Kannondo Hall, which was an immense privilege.
Tomorrow, we are looking forward to spending our first full day at Kanto International School.