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Arcade at Asakusa

The mood of yesterday continued this morning. First stop today was Asakusa and a shrine called Senso-Ji. As soon as we emerged from the underground station we were charmed by the place. There was an arcade leading up to the shrine which was filled by stalls selling trinkets and souvenirs and was decorated with paper lanterns, it was a really attractive sight. We made our way up the arcade amused by some of the weirder stuff on sale as well as the most amazing shop which just sold chopsticks of different designs, lengths and widths. They had one stall dedicated to clothes for dogs. Just to point out dogs don't need clothes, a dog in jeans in unnecessary. The temple itself was really beautiful, lots of people going about their prayers and burning incense.

Arcade at Asakusa
Again we felt a little intrusive and again there were other westerners right in the faces of people praying and taking their photographs. Have to say it makes you quite sad that some idiots can be so stupid. We strolled back through the stalls and stopped for a biscuit dipped in soy sauce which was suprisingly tasty. We came across a Japanese restaurant which had a sign for english speaking staff and being close to a buddhist temple we thought we'd have a go at explaining our vegan needs. After some discussion and having passed ourselves off as non-animal product eating buddhists we received a non-fish stock bowl of spicy leek ramen. It was superb.  The staff were clearly amused by the vigour with which we cleaned our plates.

After lunch we visited a district called Ueno.

Sensoji Temple
We intended to visit the Tokyo National Museum but the weather was so lovely and the sun so warm that as we walked through the park towards the entrance we decided that four hours indoors would be wasting the day. The park was really peaceful and looking at the map we spotted a boating lake. We sorted out our route to it and passed a five storey pagoda and a shrine which had little wooden placards with messages of luck hanging from large frames at its entrance. At the lake we opted for the paddle boat that was in the shape of a swan. To be honest the rowing boat would have been better but you have to give in to the novelty factor at times like these. We had such a laugh. As we were cruising the lake the local ducks thought we would be chucking out bread or something and gave chase to our peddle powered swan.
Sensoji Temple
Only one winner in that race and it wasn't the crazy westerners too big for the boat. Luckily the ducks gave up when they figured we were'nt that tasty a prize.

Next stop, Electric City. An area called Akhibara renowned for discount electronics. We found ourselves in a seven storey electronics paradise. Wait til you see the phones coming our way over the next couple of years. We worked our way up the stairs and eventually found a floor where they had a range of massage chairs for sale. OH MY GOD!! Talk about high tech. We chose one each and sat down, the program keyboard was only in Japanese so we each chose an option at random. It was just like a real massage and just what we needed. Decision made and only ¥398,000, wrap two up we'll take them with us.

On the way back we had to stop off at Shibuya which has the world's busiest pedestrain crossing, that guiness book of records has a lot to answer for. We also had to get our photos taken by the statue of a dog called Hachiko who's story can be found on the internet for those who want to know it.

Back at the hotel it was a return to the familiar routine of paking and getting ready for the next days travel.

barrieandann says:
Photos of here and in Hong Kong fantastic, keep them coming. It appears that you and Stephanie are really enjoying yourselves. Couldn't you both get bigger sunglasses.

Love to you both,

Mum and Dad xxx
Posted on: Nov 22, 2007
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Arcade at Asakusa
Arcade at Asakusa
Arcade at Asakusa
Arcade at Asakusa
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Us at Sensoji Temple
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People burning incense at Sensoji…
People burning incense at Sensoji…
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Sensoji Temple
Statues at Sensoji Temple
Statues at Sensoji Temple
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Adam enjoying spicy leek ramen wi…
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Stephanie enjoying spicy leek rame…
Stephanie enjoying spicy leek ram…
Fountain at Ueno Park
Fountain at Ueno Park
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Steph in front of Shrine at Ueno …
Wooden plates of good luck
Wooden plates of good luck
Wooden plates of good luck
Wooden plates of good luck
Swan paddle boats at Ueno Park
Swan paddle boats at Ueno Park
Us in our Swan boat
Us in our Swan boat
Swan boat (as if it needs further …
Swan boat (as if it needs further…
One of the many ducks that swam ne…
One of the many ducks that swam n…
Adam in paddle boat
Adam in paddle boat
Stephanie in paddle boat
Stephanie in paddle boat
View from our boat as we paddle th…
View from our boat as we paddle t…
View from our boat as we paddle th…
View from our boat as we paddle t…
View from our boat as we paddle th…
View from our boat as we paddle t…
Bright lights of Shibuya
Bright lights of Shibuya
People crossing the worlds busies…
People crossing the world's busie…
Bright lights of Shibuya
Bright lights of Shibuya
Bright lights of Shibuya
Bright lights of Shibuya
Adam and Hachiko
Adam and Hachiko
Stephanie and Hachiko
Stephanie and Hachiko
Wall immortalising Hachiko
Wall immortalising Hachiko
Drinking Sapporo and packing on ou…
Drinking Sapporo and packing on o…
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