Saturday, December 19, 2015

Japan sketchbook - 3

Asakusa Temple
Watercolour, crayon and marker sketch
©2015 Charlene Brown

Next (and we are still talking about our first day here) was the magnificent Asakusa Temple as night fell... pure magic.  The original (Buddhist) temple, the oldest in Tokyo, was founded in 645 CE and a (Shinto) shrine was built within the precincts of the temple about a thousand years later. During World War II, the temple was bombed and destroyed, but was rebuilt later and is a symbol of rebirth and peace to the Japanese people.