Friday, March 01, 2019

rainy thursday

Yesterday was cold and rainy.

Met up with V for shopping and lunch.

Lucky for us we could get around with the subway so we didn't have to walk too much.

We started off at Tsukiji, then headed back to Yurakucho...unfortunately getting lost several times trying to get in and out of the stations (sorry!)

Then to Kanda and Okachimachi...V showed me a huge shopping area for food stuffs and other things that I'll need to go back to roam the aisles...Takeya! (Look for the purple buildings near Okachimachi station...)

Lunch was okonomiyaki style and the other topped with kim chee at Ginchan.

Since moving to Tokyo, I haven't found "favorite spots" to take friends visiting from Hawaii (yet), so I'm glad this place turned out to be, it was nice and warm, perfect place to get out of the cold rain...

This place was small, but the food comes out pretty quick.

Can you believe this was their smallest serving? and it was quite filling...I hope V enjoyed this, I'll be back.

After lunch, we walked up to Yushima Tenjin (also called Yushima Tenmangu) to check out the ume blossoms.

I'm glad they were in full bloom.

The last time we were there, there weren't many trees blooming yet.

Check out the amount of ema ((eh-mah) good luck amulets)'s entrance exam time in Japan, so everyone is praying to pass their exams...

This was the first time for me to see so many ema flowing all the way down to the ground.

Since meeting up with V last week, she went to Sogabessho (Odawara, Kanagawa), Kyoto and Kairakuen (Mito, Ibaraki) and spoiled us with all these goodies! (thank you!)

Despite the bad weather, I'm glad we got to do all that V wanted to.

Have a safe trip back and thank you for everything!

Shitamachi Yakisoba Ginchan
3-28-7 Ueno
Taito, Tokyo
Phone: 03.5812.8015
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: 11:00-21:00

4-33-2 Taito
Taito, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3835.7777
Hours: 10:00-20:00


jalna said...

It always makes me smile to read about V. She is the master Japan traveler and omiyage shopper.

Anonymous said...

Hooo, got home and it is freezing (midday, no less) here by Hawaii standards and supposed to get colder tomorrow.
I told Maude it probably would have taken me all day or more to find all the spots we hit because I wouldn't be able to find the stores. Plus, I loved going to the Ginchan place since I can't go to the little local places since I don't speak or read Japanese.
I'm stilled awed by the thousands of ema at Yushima Tenmamgu
Thank you for everything!

K and S said...

Jalna, she really is!

Glad you got home safe and that we were able to get around even though it was super cold and raining, V! Thanks again for all the goodies!

Take care you two.

Rowena said...

I hope we get some rain this month of not next; it is so dry and there just wasn't enough snowfall this year.

K and S said...

Hoping you guys get some rain, Rowena! we've gone backwards towards winter...brr!

Take care.