TOKYO, JAPAN

Posted by Sydney
 

Tokyo is a beautiful city with very helpful, kind people.  I’ve found that whenever we have needed help in any way, the people have gone out of their way to help us.  It is incredibly clean the there are trees everywhere – I can only imagine how beautiful it would be during cherry blossom festival time! 

It was touching to be at the famous Senso-ji temple and see among all the visitors and souvenir booths, there were those who were there to worship and find ways to be a better person.  The fish market was unlike anything I have ever seen or experienced.  There was a kind gentleman who offered to take us in with him while he filled his order.  It was neat because we got to see it when there were no other tourists inside.  People cleaning, packing, & cutting up fish – HUGE fish unlike anything I have ever seen!  There were a lot of older men and women, who you could tell have been doing this for a long time.  We have eaten a lot of that tuna, raw, and it is delicious!  

We also found time to see the Bank of Japan, the Stock Exchange, and the Imperial Gardens (a HUGE green space right in the middle of the busy city where the Emperor lives).

It has been especially fun to see our kids appreciate a new culture and I have thought many times how Heavenly Father truly does love His children all over the world.  We were here already when we heard of Elder L. Tom Perry passing away.  As we watched a video on lds.org, it was touching for our family to be in Japan where he served as a Marine and helped rebuild Christian churches as a young man. 

This is Ginza Street – it is just like 5th Avenue in NYC – full of shopping and stores from all around the world.


This is Ginza Street – it is just like 5th Avenue in NYC – full of shopping and stores from all around the world.

This is a picture of a good luck shrine that the fishermen touch as they go out to sea or to sell their fish for the day.  They have a lot of shrines and burn incense to get good luck here.  

This is a picture of a good luck shrine that the fishermen touch as they go out to sea or to sell their fish for the day.  They have a lot of shrines and burn incense to get good luck here.
 

The Senso-ji Temple.  People burn incense and wave the smoke on them for good luck.  They also throw money into a pit in front of their worship area to get good luck.  This temple was built based on a belief that two fisherman pulled a gold statue of Kannon (Buddhist goddess of mercy) and this shrine was built for her – in time it became bigger and bigger and became a temple. 


The Senso-ji Temple.  People burn incense and wave the smoke on them for good luck.  They also throw money into a pit in front of their worship area to get good luck.  This temple was built based on a belief that two fisherman pulled a gold statue of Kannon (Buddhist goddess of mercy) and this shrine was built for her – in time it became bigger and bigger and became a temple.