First stop, The Sensoji Buddhist temple in Asakusa.
The temple was completed in 645AD and dedicated to the goddess of mercy.
The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon.
Many age old Buddhist traditions are observed at the temple.
The first of these is a box of chopsticks. You remove a stick at random and it sends you to a specified draw, which holds your fortune.
At the very heart of the temple there’s an area where you bow your head, pray and make a wish. As always, I was first in line. Any excuse to wish for…. world peace.
Now that I was cleansed and smiling once again, I had my palm read by an old little man with transparent rheumy blue eyes, with our Japanese friend Miya translating.
He gazed at the lines on my hands in deep concentration. A magnifying glass was produced and the huge quantity of energy lines emanating from my heart were studied with curiosity. I quipped that maybe I needed a cardiogram; the joke really didn’t translate well.
Whilst I won’t divulge what he told me, some of it was remarkably accurate and specific.
Now that we had completed our mini pilgrimage, we could do what women do best. Everything… Shop.