Okay, I know I’m late, and usually weekends are style days. However, I’ve not shot anything because I’m so busy at the moment! So I’m going to finish up the Snapshots of Tokyo from my January trip today. My last post was about being out and about in the city, but this one is all about Ueno and Asakusa.
Whilst in Ueno, we decided to inject ourselves with Japanese Culture and Art at the National Museum! I’ve been a fan of woodblock prints for a long time – and I was so excited to see Hiroshige and Hokusai in person. Even more excitingly, there was an exhibition on Geisha and Maiko kimono and hair pieces. I bloody love a kimono.
There was also these little bell dudes. Do I know what they are? No. Do I care? No. Do I love them very much? Yes. Yes I do.
Areas around Ueno are pretty amazing. We took a wander around and stumbled upon the famous Ameyoko Street accidentally. Much like my feelings towards Akihabara – I really don’t get the fuss. But we saw a giant fish and some grassy pandas. That, in my mind, was worth it!
We also found this beautiful little temple, Kiyomizu Kannon-Do. Turns out it’s the oldest temple in Tokyo, too!
Making friends in Asakusa! There’s a tiny little temple that has these slightly horrendous Tanuki statues, and I LOVE THEM. You may think they’re terrifying, but these little dudes are my favourite. I was also asked by this gorgeous girl to take a photo together. It’s quite amusing to me that her style is the epitome of beauty to me, and yet she loved the way that I dressed!
I say that Harajuku and Shibuya are my favourite areas in Tokyo often. However, I really think that Asakusa is my true favourite. Even when it’s full of tourists it seems calm, and I adore temples SO so much. I think this is my favourite photo of myself in a while because I look truly happy.
Lastly, Asakusa at night might be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. I mentioned in my Snapshots Of London recently that I loved lights at night, but this was another level. The Kaminarimon Gate lit up in all golds and red was gorgeous. And Nakamise Street leading up to Sensoji was what Tokyo does best – metropolitan versus traditional.
I miss Tokyo quite a bit at the moment. Have you been? Or maybe you really want to go? Let me know in the comments!