Day 2 consisted mainly of the Ueno area. My sisters are collectors of Hard Rock Cafe pins and there is a branch in the Ueno station so there we went. Spent a looong time there over their pins and then had lunch at Hard Rock Cafe before going to Kappabashi, “a shopping street between Ueno and Asakusa, which is lined with several dozens of stores selling everything needed by restaurant operators, with the exception of fresh food” (to quote japan-guide.com).
This chef’s head atop the Niimi building is the icon of Kappabashi, and if you see it, you know you’re there. Yay for obvious landmarks!
Sadly, the rest of it wasn’t thaaat interesting. (In terms of being photogenic, that is. I’m reluctant to sneak photos inside shops because some don’t allow photography and some do and it can be hard to tell whether you’re allowed to or not if the signs aren’t in conspicuous places.)
From Ueno, we went to Sensoji in Asakusa. I’d been there before but that was on a Sunday and the place was faaaar more packed with people then. This was a Monday, so it was much less crowded.
Compare: Sunday in 2012 vs Monday in 2014 (above pic)
The smaller crowd allowed for much easier movement and much easier photography. But once inside the temple, it wasn’t very different from the temples we get here at home (although neater and with a slightly more minimalist aesthetic) so I didn’t take many pictures.
There was this old fellow who was just sitting around with his pet dog – a large white dog that was remarkably obedient. And no, he wasn’t a beggar. He was happily allowing passers-by to pet his dog and to take pictures with it without asking for any money. That was interesting. I marvel at the obedience of the dog… So well-trained!
LOL. I didn’t expect to see this. This is the Asahi Flame, which some people say looks like… something else. hahahah