A visit with Penny on a nice sunny day in June. For some reason this day was not as crowded as usual.
These aerial pictures of the sky tree and surrounding area were taken from the 26th floor of the Asakusa View Hotel where we had lunch on my birthday. The sky was cloudy and spitting rain.
A very unusual Kimono in a store window. Seishi thinks it was designed especially for foreigners.
The smoke from this incense burner is supposed to give you good health and long life.
The back alley to the rows and rows of gift and souvenir shops.
On this October day in 2010, aunt Maria wanted to see a traditional part of Tokyo, so we took her and Baba here. They were preparing for a festival.
A back door to a shop.
One of the many souvenir shops.
One of the side archades that leads into the main route.
A Daruma in a shop window. He was a priest who spent so long meditating that his legs melted away. If you paint one eye black and wait long enough your wish will come true. Then you can paint the other eye black.
This is the tangle of stores and people that line the route to the temple.
Unfortunately the day was a bit drizzly and most of the time the top of the Sky Tree was hidden in the clouds.
So many shops and so many things to buy.
A giant Totoro in a shop window.
This is looking west from Asakusa toward Shibuya and Roppongi. Even when the drizzle stopped, the air was so full of humidity that the visibility was very poor.
There were many many Chinese tourists all dressed up in kimonos. The kimono patterns were often very unusual and something you would never see a Japanese person wear. This family was speaking Chinese, and her kimono is very non traditional.