Tuesday, 19th November 2013
In General Japan News,
Sensoji temple gets new lantern
The gigantic red lantern bearing a black kanji symbol has long been the face of the Sensoji temple and of the surrounding area Asakusa, with thousands of tourists flocking to the district every year to have their photos taken under the gate where the beacon hangs.
However, exposed to the elements, it is necessary to replace the paper lantern once in a while, with the first change in ten years carried out yesterday (November 18th).
The new lamp is almost identical to the old, created with layer upon layer of red Japanese washi paper pulled tightly over a bamboo frame and showing off the familiar kanji symbol.
A three month absence precluded the lantern's arrival, during which a life size picture of it was hung beneath the Kaminarimon gate instead. Tourists will no doubt be pleased to see it restored to its rightful place, given how popular the spot is for sightseeing.
The lantern measures almost four metres high, 3.3 metres in diameter and weighs in at about 700 kilograms.
Written by Graham McPherson