Asakusa / The Short Summary Of Asakusa area
Asakusa is an area located on the eastern Taito-ku in Tokyo
. In general, Asakusa is implies the area around Senso-ji Temple (Kaminari-mon
Gate). It was said that the name Asakusa comes from the landscape in ancient
ages, so there were grassy field beside the large rivers, Japanese calls
a fileld with short grass Asakusa. Before Edo Period, Asakusa was a very
tiny village at the estuary of the Sumida-gawa River (Ara-kawa River).
In 628, fishermen at Asakusa Hamanari Hinokuma-no and his younger brother
Takenari found a statue of Buddha at the Sumida-gawa River, and they took
it and dedicated, this was the begining of Senso-ji Temple. Asakusa has
developed as the temple town of Senso-ji. Moreover Asakusa was a port town
until Edo Period
. In Edo period, there were thoudands of Stores built at Kuramae across
the Sumida-gawa River. Then thousands of samurais who were bureaucrats
of Edo Bakufu
(Edo Shogunate) lived there to protect the stores. And also owners of
the store visits, therefore there were hundreds of shops opened. Through
Edo Period, Asakusa was the most energetic amusement area in Edo
Now Asakusa is the most famous view point for the foreign tourists in Tokyo.
Sanja Matsuri, The Fire Works Festival At Sumida-gawa River and The Samba
Carnival At Asakusa are very famous events.