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August 24, 2005

A quick trip to shitamachi

I made my return to shitamachi today. I started in Ginza with the intention of shopping, but I am not really good at that and my heart certainly wasn't into it. Actually, I think I just needed tothe apartment for awhile. Once I realised the futility of my being in one of the world's best-known shopping districts with no intention of buying anything, I moved on.

y 002.jpgIn fact, I decided I would go to one of my favourite little shops - a rice cracker (senbei) stand in Sendagi (that is it on the left). I am not some senbei expert or anything, so maybe there are far better places to go. But these senbei are square instead of round, and the green tea/sugar/seaweed toppings are really tasty. And it is easy to find.

After that, I walked up to Yanaka Ginza Street to take a look around. The first time I was there, we went to a fantastic coffee shop that had just opened. The second time I went I could not find it, but I figured I was just lazy. This was the third time...I am pretty sure it is already gone. That was too bad, because I really wanted a coffee. This is the entrance to Yanaka Ginza street from the Yanaka side. It is quite small, actually. And the picture in the right is the shop that sells the most delicious lunch boxes (bento) in Yanaka. At least that is what they say.
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The only sad thing is that it looks like I missed the neighborhood festival this year. If this picture is any indication, they have already had a fantastically good party. And the picture on the right is for Tomoko (are you reading this?). It says "Red Eye"...I do not know if this is a bar or not, but its also the name of one of the world's most awful drinks, namely beer and tomato juice. And Tomoko likes those for some reason.
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I put a few pictures in the photo album "Tokyo"

Posted by Kirk on August 24, 2005 02:32 PM


Looking forward to some of your senbei omiyage. Also hope the melon omiyage has not gone off.

Posted by: Nuala at August 25, 2005 11:20 AM

Not so sure they meant what they said when they named it "dangou ten redeye...."

Posted by: Skippy-san at August 26, 2005 11:29 PM

i knew i should have paid more attention in japanese class. i have no idea what it means either!

Posted by: kirk at August 27, 2005 08:16 AM