Like many temples, businesses hugged the outskirts of Senso-ji’s temple grounds. In one direction was an arcade where I spotted small containers of sake, but I headed towards the main gate.
At times it was impossible to make my way out through Kaminari-mon gate. A pathway to the entrance/exit, lined with shops was congested with potential buyers. When I finally arrived at the gate, no one moved. The noise of hundreds of voices filled the air. No wonder the gate was also called thunder gate.
It wasn’t about purchases. The gridlock was about that ever important photo before visitors entered the site. Two gods flanked either side of the entrance — Fujin and Raijin. Between them a huge paper lantern with the character for thunder hung above. I had to squeeze my way out to escape the stagnant crowd as well as the ubiquitous smell of incense.