Japan: Exploring Tokyo

February 2nd, 2013. Japan
A hidden neighborhood favorite for Japanese Pancakes

A hidden neighborhood favorite for Japanese Pancakes

Nik and I went to Japan last year over Thanksgiving, and I have yet to say a peep about it!! The two week trip to Tokyo and Kyoto provided the perfect escape. We explored both cities to the point that we could barely stand at the end of each day only to repeat our torture the following day.

The vacation was somewhat impulsive in that we purchased our plane tickets just two months ahead of time, and made our final hotel reservation a week before we departed. We made very few concrete plans, and allowed ourselves to wander aimlessly through the cities (stopping frequently at convenient stores to stock up on snacks). Luckily, Nik did activate an international data plan on his phone so that we always knew where we were and could find restaurants while we were out and about. This batch of photos is hopefully the first of many I took, and if you want to see Nik’s account of the adventure on his brand-spanking-newly-designed website, click the link below:

Nik’s Blog: 10 Posts from Japan

 

Bicycle Parking

Bicycle Parking

Cage lights at the fish market

Cage lights at the fish market

The fish market shuffle

The fish market shuffle

Corner store

Corner store

A typical sidewalk

A typical sidewalk

Street Sign

Street Sign

The little one's wheels

The little one’s wheels

Pattern

Pattern

Push cart

Push cart

Ladder

Ladder

Clean

Clean

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

Market Price

Market Price

"Yay, the leaves are pretty!"

“Yay, the leaves are pretty!”

Ginko

Ginko

Intersection

Intersection

Temple

Temple

Traditional Structures

Traditional Structures

School time

School time

Front Porch

Front Porch

Buildings

Buildings

Cemetary

Cemetary

Pedestrian Bridge

Pedestrian Bridge

Street sign

Street sign

Field Trip

Field Trip

Tourists

Tourists

Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma and Associates

View from the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

View from the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

Pottery

Pottery

Electronics Mecca

Electronics Mecca

View from our hotel

View from our hotel

Government Building

Government Building

Mesh bags used to protect trash from bird invasion

Mesh bags used to protect trash from bird invasion

Birds on a wire...I mean metal bar

Birds on a wire…I mean metal bar

The gentlemen's lunch spot

The gentlemen’s lunch spot

The ladies' lunch spot

The ladies’ lunch spot

Parks

Parks


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