Tokyo Revisited

The National Museum, Tokyo

The National Museum, Tokyo

We don’t have the stamina to hit all the tourist stops, but we enjoyed 3 days in Tokyo. We stayed very near Ueno Station at the Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno. I would recommend it. We had the basic priced twin bed room.  But they provided everything …even pajamas and bathrobes. The best thing is the location, right across from the station. We were hungry when we arrived about 11:00 AM so we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe in Ueno Station..which was special for someone like me who lives in the countryside! The charcoal-grilled hamburger was just great!

Charbroiled Hamburger at he Hard ROck Cafe, Ueno Station bldg

Charbroiled Hamburger at he Hard Rock Cafe, Ueno Station bldg

From there we went to Ueno National Museum. I was a little disappointed in it. I would have liked more history and English explanations. You can see ancient swords that are so finely-crafted, as well as the hilt and cap with intricate designs. Also there is armor, kabuto helmets and so on.

Haniwa horse from burial mound

Haniwa horse from burial mound

Haniwa seen here were often used in burials to provide for the deceased in the afterlife.

Porcelain form Korea

Porcelain form Korea

This ancient porcelain plate portrays how the world emerges from a seashell according to Chinese legend.

Kimuraya Penny candy shop in Yanaka Ginza area

Kimuraya Penny candy shop in Yanaka Ginza area

I confess we were worn out by then and my feet hurt so we took a taxi in front of the museum and went to see Yanaka Ginza, an old commercial area with many older shops. I particularly was interested to see the ‘penny candy shop” called Kimuraya.

Setsuko Kimura at Kimuraya!Nostalgic place!

Setsuko Kimura at Kimuraya!Nostalgic place!

“karume-yaki”

I met the owner and heard how the store was opened just after the war by  Kimura-san, a war widow. Setsuko was adopted at the age of 10 and has lived  here ever since. The shop was filled with treats like karume-yaki and mugi-choco!

Chestnut IceCream!

Chestnut Ice Cream!

Hiroo samples Karinto manju at a sweets shop on Yanaka Ginza street

Hiroo samples Karinto manju at a sweets shop on Yanaka Ginza street

We wandered sown the street poking our noses here and there! I had a chestnut -flavored soft ice cream! This is another cat haven so we can see cats strolling around as well as “cat art!” Hiroo tried a “karinto manju!”

Corador Bakery, Yanaka

San Godaru Bakery, サンゴダール

The battery on my camera conked out so I couldn’t take a photo of the owner of the little old bakery called San Godaru.  Hirose-san’s grandfather started it in the Taisho era. She told us the shop specialty is a cake called”Siberia” that has sweet bean paste rolled into Castella cake! But we got some sweet rolls and enjoyed the atmosphere of this historic bakery!

In the evening we walked around the Asakusa area. Here I am in front of the Kaminarimon.

At Kaminarimon, Asakusa, Tokyo

At Kaminarimon, Asakusa, Tokyo

Sensoji Temple, Asakusa

Sensoji Temple, Asakusa

We saw Sensoji Temple and had dinner in an ordinary little restaurant. By then,my feet hurt a lot and i was tired out!!

The next morning we set out for Tsukiji Market, an open air fish market that has lots of food stalls along the streets too! We met up with Moeko and had an early lunch of raw fish dishes! I had sushi, she had unagi eel on rice!

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

At Tsukiji Market

At Tsukiji Market

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It was amazing to see them cutting up the huge fish, even though we weren’t brave enough to make it to the 5:00 AM fish auction. Walking around we found such enticing delicacies as tuna eyeballs for just 100yen apiece! and actually sampled some of the sakura ebi gelato (dried shrimp ice cream!)

Eyeballs for sale!

Eyeballs for sale!

Perusing used books in JImbocho

Perusing used books in Jimbocho

In the afternoon , we visited Jimbocho where  used bookstores line the whole street! They even had an issue of The Saturday Evening Post from the 60’s selling for $100! Moeko took us to this cool cafe that is kind of a landmark in the area… Saboru!

Saboru, a iconic cafe in JInbocho

Saboru, a iconic cafe in JInbocho

After resting up at the hotel we met up with Moeko and went to  dinner at Fonda De la Madrugada, a Mexican restaurant with live mariachi band in Harajuku.

Mariachi straight from Mexico!

Mariachi straight from Mexico!

In front of Italian restaurant in Kagurazaka!

In front of Italian restaurant in Kagurazaka!

The next day we met Nobuko-san and Haruhide-san and enjoyed a lovely meal together in Kagurazaka. Hideharu-san gave me a beautiful book on Japanese art. I will do my best to read it and learn!! It was so fun to get together and talk with them! They saw us off at the subway on our way to Chiba. We had a great time in Tokyo! Thank you guys, so much!! And thanks to Satoshi for carrying our heavy suitcase all the way!! See you in Hiroshima next time!

日本その心とかたち 加藤周一

日本その心とかたち
加藤周一

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. keiko
    Oct 27, 2015 @ 01:44:21

    先生お久しぶりです。東京、楽しい旅行だったのですね!

    Reply

  2. leahmama1
    Jan 15, 2016 @ 02:13:09

    楽しかった!でも食べ過ぎた!!今ダイエット!

    Reply

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