Monday, May 08, 2006

The crowds of Golden Week at Sensoji in Asakusa, Tokyo

Golden week brings a welcome, albeit short, breath of relief for the working denizens of Tokyo and other places. For an ever-so-short time, they can shed their salaryman prison clothes and escape for a moment.

The only problem is, virtually everyone in the country is doing this at the same time. As such, they have to deal with one of Japan's biggest holiday headaches: crowds.

The shopping area
Here at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, people are packed in like sardines as they shuffle their way along the shop-lined walkway.

OK, this way!
The crowds are so dense that tour leaders often have to put up a flag just so that the group can actually follow the leader.


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