Kaminari is one of the two large gates leading to Sensoji Temple.
My cousin Jay asked us to get or feel the smoke from the incense burner and wash our hands and mouth with the water. It's like a purification process, to keep us away from all things evil. We're not Buddhists but I think there's no harm in trying it.
My siblings and I posing with the Hozomon Gate.
If I'm not mistaken this is the newly renovated main hall, the Hondo shrine. There's a beautiful altar inside where people can offer prayers.
That's the five story high Pagoda called Gojunoto.
My sister and brother posing with my cousin Jay.
Don't forget to check out the stores at Nakamise street located in between Kaminari and Hozomon gates. In here you'll find a lot of Japanese traditional items for sale such as kimonos, samurai and other travel souvenirs like posts cards, fridge magnets, etc. There are food stalls selling fresh and authentic Japanese treats like mochi and rice crackers.
Tourism is definitely boosting in this side of Tokyo. As you see from the photo above, Asakusa is a few minutes walk from the Tokyo Skytree.