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On March 18 in the year 628, two fishermen brothers were catching fish in Edoura (the Sumidagawa River) and discovered a small Buddhist statue. They presented it to the village head, Haji-no-Nakatomo, who realized it was a statue of the bodhisattva Kannon. He entered the priesthood, turned his mansion into a temple, and became devoutly religious. This manifestation of the bodhisattva Kannon was the beginning of Sensoji Temple, which is celebrated by the Asakusa Kannon Jigen-e ritual. Sensoji Temple originated from the honorific name "Kinryuzan" (Golden Dragon Mountain). This was inspired by the Golden Dragon, a Buddhist protector, who came down from Heaven when Kannon manifested. For that reason, "Kinryu no Mai" dance is performed in the temple precincts.

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