For Today’s Japan Photo, we take a trip down to Asakusa and visit the famous Kaminarimon 雷門, which literally translate to “Thunder Gate”. It is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensou-ji. The gate, with its huge lantern and statues, is popular with tourists.
Four statues are housed in the Kaminarimon. On the front of the gate, the statues of the Shinto gods Fūjin and Raijin are displayed. Fūjin, literally the god of wind, is located on the east side of the gate, while Raijin, literally the god of thunder, is located on the west side. Two additional statues stand on the reverse of the gate: the Buddhist god Tenryū on the east, and the goddess Kinryū on the west side.
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