everywhere in the world there are people who like feeding pigeons
Hondo, the main hall
a woman burns incense as offering
a man is biding his time in front of the main Senso-ji hall
a streetview with the Kaminarimon gate in the background
Tokyo
In 1868 Emperor Meiji moved from Kyoto to Tokyo and made it his capital.
Nowadays the Greater Tokyo Area is the world's most populous metropole with 50 million people.
 It not only has the highest GDP but is also one of the safest cities of the world.
Tokyo's population is expected to decline after 2020.
 
It all started in the late 12th century as the small fishing village Edo, under the rule of the Edo clan that later built Edo Castle.
Slowly but steadily it grew and  became one of the most influential cities in Japan.
A policy of seclusion kept the bad outside world out but in 1853  Commodore Perry started his gunboat diplomacy to forcefully open up Japan to the world.
At the end of WW II Tokyo suffered greatly from a US  firebombing campain.
 
The Tokyo area is prone to earhtquakes and everybody expects the big one to hit sooner or later.
 
I have visited Tokyo many times, but did only see customers, offices, restaurants, overloaded trains and airports.
 
Only on my first visit in October 1987 there was time for a quick visit to the Senso-ji Buddhist Temple from 645 AD.
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Tokyo in 1987 seen from the hotelroom
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the Hozomon gate, seen from inside the temple
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the Kaminarimon gate with the red latern
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