Day 3 - An Afternoon In Ueno
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September 4th, 2009 – by: tommylennie
Arriving at the Senso-Ji, I was so glad that I had visited the temple so early in the morning the day before, as now the place was teaming with tourists. They were all battling with each other to get photos of themselves with the Asakusa Kannon, so I ducked away and headed for the Nakamise Dori, which was now in full swing.
Everything from Samurai swords, Japanese fans, rice crackers and Kimonos were on offer, and made perusing quite a lot fun, which is strange as I totally detest shopping. After a good stroll around and a green tea flavoured bean jam ball of sorts for breakfast, I was back on the train to Ueno.
Public transport back home grinds my gears. Tokyo is different. Trains run on time, they are spotless and silent. People queue before boarding the train and despite the amount of people, you always seem to have a little ring of personal space around you. There is no pushing in, and no elbows in your back.
Once at Ueno, I followed the signs for the park, and tried to stick to the shade as much as possible with the sun bearing down. Luckily the park was only a couple of minutes from the station. First up was the Toshogu shrine, which is dedicated to, Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun and is one of Tokyo's oldest buildings. The lead up to the shrine is equally interesting, as the path is lined with dozens of copper statues. Most compelling though, is the flame of Hiroshima.
After a spot of lunch I went to Ueno Zoo, which was really just like any other zoo I've ever visited. The animals seemed to be fairly well looked after though, and enclosures were fairly spacious. Aside from the Red Pandas and the Polar Bears, the highlights were the school kids, who were led around wearing red caps in pairs, with some plucking up the courage to speak some English to me before they ran away giggling!
The rest of the afternoon was spent strolling around the park, before I returned to the hostel for a nice cooling shower. All the walking done around Ueno park had worn me out and I decided on just milling around Akihabara in the evening, but not before some dinner.
That evening, Riku and I made a quick visit to Akihabara for some photos of the area at night and I made my first electronics purchase, a USB memory stick. Tiredness hit me once again and so I headed back to the hostel and was sound asleep by 10pm.
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