National Geographic : 1923 Oct
Photograph by C.H.Kragh ENTRANCE TO THE TEMPLE IN ASAKUSA PARK, TOKYO Asakusa is dedicated to Kwannon, Goddess of Mercy, who descended into hell, delivered the condemned, and showered upon them arain offlowers. This entrance is a sort of facade or pagoda to enhance the importance of the main entrance. Before the earthquake the most popular holiday festival for the lower and middle classes was held near this temple. The long street approaching it was filledwith toy shops, tea houses, theaters, and merchants' booths. At wayside stalls tiny rings of perfumed paste could be purchased to burn in honorofthe goddess, and also saucers of rice for the sacred pigeons.