The following information is written on a board just outside the gate:
The Kaminarimon Gate ("thunder gate"), standing at the entrance to the processional road leading to Senso-ji, is Asakusa's most famous landmark. Inside the gate on either side are enormous wooden statues of the protective Buddhist deities Fujin (wind god) and Raijin (thunder god), from which the gate gets its name. The original gate was erected in 942 but burned down several times over the centuries. The one standing today was built in 1960, donated by Japanese entrepreneur Konosuke Matsushita (1894-1989).It would’ve been interesting to see the Sanja Matsuri “Three Shrine Festival“ that is held annually during the third week of May but instead we had our fill of rain during our visit on December 29. And you would normally expect less crowd on a cold rainy day, but boy, was I wrong.
Upon entering the gate, you will see a huge line-up of souvenir shops that are selling Japanese goods at very expensive prices.
The first store that we tried from was selling a rice flour product that was all gooey and soft inside but with a powdery texture on the outside, it is best eaten while drinking green tea. It had a hardly noticeable sweetness which I liked very much.
All the pictures were taken by me with an Iphone 5. Original post was made in May under http://eatsbrainsforbreakfast.tumblr.com/