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In fear of my prayer's potency being compromised, I will likely revisit this district again before I leave (it's a major shopping area for souvenirs!)
I don't quite know what it is that engages me and draws me towards places like this so strongly, placing Tokyo at the top of my impulse-travel list for quite some time. But I felt it again in Asakusa - the swirling red colors, bustling crowds, all steeped in ancient culture that ...
... food can also be really weird. More often than not, I have no idea what the food being displayed actually is. Is it a vegetable, fish, or meat? I really can't tell! They have all sorts of pickled vegetables, fish, and jellies (sometimes even fish jellies) that don't exist in other countries and don't have English translations. Sometimes I will try the unidentifiable food and still not know what the hell I ate!
So far, Japan is really ...
... was then caught by a sign for the zoo and our plan quickly changed, the museum was put on the back burner for a couple of days and we headed into the zoo in search of the giant pandas! The zoo was pretty good and we enjoyed seeing some native bears, pandas, elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other animals.
All in all an enjoyable day. Tomorrow we're planning on visiting Disneyland Tokyo so that should be fun!
It's very humid here in Tokyo, and by the time I settled into my room it was midnight. New innovation at Toyoko Inn--maybe in response to my comment card from last year--they now provide English instructions for the air conditioner.
Back to Haneda Airport in the morning for my flight to Osaka. Did I mention that the Toyoko Inn Haneda Kuko has a free airport shuttle, as well as a free breakfast buffet?
... always be a reason! On our way home from the park we bought some wee rice ball sweet things that were apparently cherry blossom flavour. Loved the soft texture but the taste takes a bit of getting used to a bit like the green tea panda faces (it’s hard to eat a pandas face). You have to love all the cherry blossom related confectionary, tea, wine (with a cherry blossom floating in it), cakes, and whatever else you can put the things in. It’s cherry mania over here. ...