I got up pretty early on our second day. Aside from the fact that I knew we were having a buffet breakfast,(Okay, side note. I am crazy about breakfast. I am crazier about breakfast buffets. Its seriously one of the only reasons I get up early in hotels, just to see what they would serve. Lol) it was our first full day in Tokyo! And our Itinerary said we were going to Asakusa, where Senso-ji Temple is located. Asakusa is in old town Tokyo. The night before, I actually did my research and found out that Asakusa has 45 working geisha and is one of Tokyo’s older districts. (Yes, I did look for geisha. But didn’t spot one)
I didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived. But I was blown away by what I saw. I couldn’t fixate on just one sight. There was too much to see! So much red! Sensoji was too beautiful! Everything was so finely detailed and designed. It also helped that we were there on a perfect day.
Right in front of the temple is Nakamise. A shopping strip that has been selling local goods for centuries. There were stores selling Samurai outfits, kimonos, Japanese bread , candy, handmade masks and many others. Basically, I hit the cultural marketplace. I fell in love with the old-meets-new feel of the place, there were these beautiful red alleys (which I couldn’t stop photographing and posing in.) and lively sales people. I felt so deeply rooted in the culture (and the shopping) that I spent a good amount of time just walking, looking around and buying anything I could eat (matcha included) .
Being in Asakusa showed me something about Japan, it’s that no matter how extremely modern a place can get, there’s still space for culture to thrive.
Philip Lim 3.1 jacket, Rayban aviators, Mango top, Forever 21 jeans, Tonic boots and Bershka bag.
Thats a sort of snow-cone. In a cup. So, a snow-cup. Its got sweet syrup and sweet milk on it.
This is a sign outside a store selling samurai clothes. If I had the space (and the money, these were insanely expensive!) I would've picked up some for my two brothers!
They are 13- year old students from a school nearby. They over heard us speaking English and practiced their skills on us. Japanese students learn English at age 12 and carry on till their University days.