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You won’t find many red lights larger than the enormous paper lantern at Taito Ward’s Sensoji, or Asakusa Kannon Temple.

The Kaminari-mon (Thunder Gate) lantern, named after the entrance from which it hangs, has to be steadied by guy wires, not simply for the convenience of photographers, but also because at nearly 700 kg, a rogue wind could get this baby knocking the lights out of unsuspecting tourists.

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