This little red paper lantern reads “Asakusa” (浅草) in its front side. Asakusa is one of the most traditional areas in Tokyo, famous for Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century (although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions). The right side of the magnet depicts this temple’s five storied pagoda and main hall. The left side represents the temple’s extraordinary Kaminarimon Gate with its huge red paper lantern, which is the district’s best known landmark.
I bought this magnet at a souvenir stall in Nakamise, a famous shopping street in Asakusa that connects the temple with the gate.
Material: Red paper and plastic
Size: 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm (1.6 x 1 x 1 in)