Today we experienced our first real day of the rainy season. Shortly before we planned to leave the center to go visit Asakusa and Sensoji Temple it seemed as though the skies opened and we were in a torrential down pour.
We decided to proceed and traveled by train and subway to the Asakusa district for lunch and to wander down the narrow Nakamise Street lined with souvenir shops. We saw rice crackers being made and sweets for sale. Once we arrived at the temple grounds we waited with many other tourists for the rain to subside in order to purify ourselves with incense and then entered the temple itself where we could witness a Buddhist monk chanting.
Emily enjoyed photographing these traditional senbei (rice cracker) makers.(photos by R. Wilmot)
We waited under the gate with many others, including Japanese dressed in traditional summer kimono or yukata. As we left the area we saw an interesting view of the Asahi Beer factory. (Photos by C. Herbert)
Students are now looking forward to tomorrow afternoon when they will be exploring an area of Tokyo they have chosen to travel to on their own (in small groups). More about that later.