May 142009
 

Asakusa Banners

After our late lunch in Kappabashi, we walked around Asakusa until it was time for dinner. Eat…shop…eat…shop, my kind of day!

Asakusa

Asakusa Rickshaw

Asakusa

Asakusa

Asakusa Sakura

Next we made our way east to walk along the Sumida River.

Asakusa

Asakusa Flowers

Asakusa

To get to our dinner destination we crossed over the Sumida-gawa on Sakura Bashi (bridge).

Asakusa

Along the way, our friend (the one who had been showing us around this whole time) showed us some of the roads he designed back when he was an engineer. I thought this one below was really cool. It’s supposed to be pictures of boats on the Sumida River with fireworks overhead!

Asakusa Road

The Japan National Tourism Organization says that in Asakusa, “the most popular event is the fireworks display along the Sumida-gawa River in summer, which over one million people gather to watch.”

Here is an aerial view of his road showing a better view of the boats and fireworks.

Asakusa Road


Just a couple more blocks to reach our dinner destination…

Asakusa

May 022009
 

Kazusaya Restaurant

Last year through our Tokyo friends we met another group of Tokyoites. We had a barbecue in Waikiki and had a great time!

Kazusaya Restaurant

One person that I made friends with that day is a restaurant owner from Tokyo who sent me a very nice gift after his return to Japan. He also said that when we were in Tokyo again, to come by his restaurant for dinner. So here we were at his restaurant in Asakusa…Kazusaya.

Kazusaya Restaurant

Almost the whole group that we met last summer was there taking up pretty much the whole downstairs area of this cozy restaurant.

Kazusaya Restaurant

On this night we were enjoying massive quantities of sashimi, seafood nabe, tamagoyaki, many different appetizers…

Kazusaya Restaurant

Kazusaya Restaurant

Kazusaya Restaurant

We also had this unusual cut of tuna that was so juicy and delicious!

Kazusaya Restaurant

To get here, after visiting Sensoji Temple we headed east until we hit the Sumida River. We walked north for about five minutes until Kototoi bashi (bridge). Crossing this blue bridge, you can see Tokyo Sky Tree ahead. It was on our left about a block after the end of the bridge.


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May 012009
 

Sensoji, Asakusa

Before dinner we had a little time so we went for a stroll around Nakamise Dori in Asakusa…

Nakamise Dori

Even though it was before dinner, we couldn’t resist a couple manju treats…

Asakusa Manju

Asakusa Fried Manju

Asakusa Fried Manju

At dusk, the lanterns and lights really look pretty…

Sensoji Lanterns

Sensoji Lanterns

Asakusa

ASAKUSA MAP


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Apr 302009
 

Odaiba

After a quick look around Odaiba and a little shopping, we took one boat to Hinode Pier and another waterbus to Asakusa.

Asakusa Water Bus

Our boat was called the Dokan and was decorated in the style of 1920s Prohibition era. There were two floors – both almost completely empty, but I decided to stay up on the roof for most of the time. It was cold, but there were nice views along the way!

Kamome Bird

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