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Monday, December 20, 2010

Asakusa/Асакуса

Asakusa is a district in Tokyo with many shrines and a street with many small souvenir stores. Even though shrines are located everywhere in Japan, Asakusa has many of the located very close to each other, and so if you want to view and enjoy the local ancient architecture and traditions, then Asakusa is a place to be. To my shame, I could hardly understand what was going on. There was something smoking in a big jar in the middle of the street, there were people praying at small shrines, big shrines, so I cannot tell many stories about the place. I did, however, enjoy being over there. It was a spectacular site, if no people were around, I'd probably feel like I was in the ancient Japan.

Асакуса это район Токио с большим количеством храмов и улицей с сувенирными лавками. В Японии несложно найти храм где бы ты ни был, но в Асакусе храмов много разных сразу и все они недалеко друг от друга. Так что если хотите ощутить древнюю историю, то надо ехать в Асакусу. К сожалению я не могу рассказать никаких интересных фактов об этом месте, там очень много всего происходит сразу, курят благовония, молятся, гуляют, покупают сувениры и т.д. В этом месте атмосфера древней храмовой Японии, так что если бы не было никого вокруг, можно было бы легко забыть что на дворе двадцать первый век.


Inside one of the shrines there was an option to ask for the upcoming fortune. Here is how it was done: drop the money into the small shrine, then get the long (about one foot long) hexagon-shaped can and start shaking it. Once done shaking, pull out a small wooden poll, it has a number on it. Find the drawer with the number, pull out the fortune sheet.

Внутри одного из храмов можно было спросить о грядущей удаче. Происходит это так: кидаешь денежку, потом берешь большую железную шестигранную банку, трясешь ее хорошенько, и вытаскиваешь соломинку. На соломинке написан номер, вытаскиваешь предсказание из ящичка с номером. Ну а там уже написано что будет.


Some shrines sell charms.

Некоторые храмы продают обереги.


And this is the street with souvenir stores. You can find any kind of souvenir here.

А вот это -- улица с сувенирными лавками. Здесь можно найти какие угодно сувениры.

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