(note: coming back april 28th to add captions - photos will be resized later.)
|"are you taking a picture of me?"|
it's okay, i gave him money right after this
- i think he tried to give me a blessing too
but i just sort of ran away
|this area between asakusa and ueno is known for making sanpuru |
- plastic or wax replicas of what's available on the menu for display outside -
for restaurants all over tokyo. it's pretty freaking realistic
|tanuki are often displayed outside restaurants that serve alcohol|
|the street known as kappabashi sells sanpuru to restaurants |
as well to the general public as souvenirs -
i was going to buy some for gifts to bring
back but they are really expensive!
|each 'bowl of ramen' is the equivalent to about $50|
|kappabashi is known as the kitchen district - |
not just sanpuru but kitchen supplies in general.
knives and dishes are 2 of the most popular purchases.
|this building with the chef on top and the one below with|
the tea cups are the store of the niimi company
|another koban attached to the bottom|
|starting from here and going up a couple blocks|
is the well-known kappabashi shopping area
|shitamachi museum in ueno park - |
i've wanted to go here for a long time.
we missed it on the first trip.
|this was our tour guide (or her back at least) - |
the museum shows what the ueno area was like in
late edo (life for the lower class towns people)
|dagashi-ya - |
an old fashioned neighbourhood candy store
|according to our guide, back then, people ground up |
orange peels to use as multi-purpose medication
|extra storage under the floor|
|teeny tiny genkan|
|tatami feels SO NICE on sore feet|
|as she opened the cupboard to show us some |
details like the yutanpo, a group of little old
ladies coming up exclaimed "natsukashi!"
(meaning 'that makes me feel so nostalgic')
- it was really cute
|you are allowed to take as many photos as you would like |
on the first floor, but aren't supposed to on the second
(which is where this one is from...)
|i was very impressed with the detail|
|he's always waiting for me :)|
|bunches of... stuff (idk) to keep evil spirits out|
|they made diapers out of old kimono sleeves|
|another cute little old lady walking through with |
2 young girls (presumably her granddaughters),
giving them tidbits of info as they went
|a little mini inari shrine -|
very important to farmers and merchants
|they even had a little mini omikuji (fortune) table|
|instead of being 'rude' and doing graffiti, |
you can leave behind a sticker with your name
(we ended up seeing this at a lot of places)
|ueno pond right outside the museum|
since we had so much to do and a lot of things close before 5 (museums and such), we didn't take time to ~stop and smell the flowers~ and made our way to the national tokyo museum. it is huge and you could probably spend the whole day wandering through it. we did a whirlwind walk through because we were tired, hungry, and both had aching feet.
they had a sheet that they handed out near the entrance (presumably for children, mostly) and explained there were "stamps" in 5 or 6 different places throughout the museum and if you collected them all, you'd get a pin on your way out. they were actually paper embossing stamps and pretty cool. i put them on the sheet as well as the souvenir book i made.
there are actually 5 separate buildings, each housing various artifacts (one national treasures, one religious relics, one european art, etc.) but we only went to the main building with the japanese displays.
|garden and tea house within the museum grounds|
|dinner at mcdonald's |
- pretty much the same wherever you go in the world, with slight differences
|ueno park koban|
|entrance to ameyoko shopping market - |
reminded me a lot of the markets in hong kong
|golf equipment is a big seller in this area|
|checking out a golf store, but nothing really of interest|
|ameyoko is also a destination for army fatigues|
|...and cheap american clothing goods|
|girls handing out packets of kleenex |
with advertising on it is a common sight
|but they are also helpful in giving directions|
|yamashiroya toy store - great place|
|ginko leaf detail on a street-side guard rail |
- this motif is common in tokyo, i noticed
|ueno station - a lot more crowded as night was falling|
|display promoting ueno zoo (which is not on the agenda this time)|
|heading back to the hotel after a VERY long day|
|random appearance of american actors in |
japanese advertising is always amusing
|more station art|
|there is a very cool area in front of tamachi station |
with tiny, windy streets filled with restaurants
that we discovered by accident on the way home -
we will have to come back when we are less tired
|my two favourite purchases at yamashiroya: |
kapibara-san (that hubby surprised me with while i was waiting for him)
and two sumikko gurashi characters - penguin? (he's not sure if that's what he is)
and tonkatsu (who is mostly fried batter and only has meat in his nose).
oh, and a little weed.
|the book i got at asakusa temple to collect my shuin stamps|
|an onna noh mask i got on nakamise dori|
|no idea where we are gonna hang this 'ramen' curtain at home, |
but it's awesome
also, if we are facebook friends, check out the photos hubby posted. he added me as a contributor (even though i have yet to contribute) so my friends can see too.