Niaja in Asakusa and Akihabara

My friend Niaja got her doctorate from MIT! And just as exciting, she arrived in Tokyo a couple of days ago and will be here for 8 months working at IBM Japan!

Today we met at Asakusa, looked around, and then also went over to Akihabara.

We were lucky that the weather held. It was a great afternoon. Here are a few photos.

In front of the Sensoji in Asakusa

In front of the Kaminari-mon entrance to the Sensoji in Asakusa

 

In front of the Kaminari-mon

Past the shops now and about to go into the inner area

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I got "the best fortune" and Niaja got "a good fortune."

I got “the best fortune” and Niaja got “a good fortune.”

 

Sky Tree in the backgrount

Sky Tree in the background

 

Rinsing hands before going into the temple

Rinsing hands before going into the temple

Udon on the 8th floor of Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara

Udon on the 8th floor of Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara

 

 

Checking out tablets

Checking out gadgets

 

In front of Akihabara Station

In front of Akihabara Station

 

Checking out bargains

Bargain hunting

First day of autumn bike ride along the Nakagawa and Shin Ninagawa

Today is the autumnal equinox, a national holiday in Japan. And it’s beautiful weather outside. I decided to do a full course bike ride along the Nakagawa and Shin Nakagawa.

First, a view from the Nakagawa, a bit further up the river than from where I usually take photos. You can see the Sky Tree off in the distance. The river is very winding, so the position of the Sky Tree seems to move around as you are riding. Sometimes it’s in front of you, sometimes it’s to your right, sometimes it’s behind you.

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About another kilometer ahead, you come to a park, and a sports field. This is also right next to the Katsushika Sports Center.

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Just past the sports center, and over a small bridge, you continue along the Nakagawa.

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At the end of this path, you come to a small park which is at the junction of the Nakagawa and the Shin Ninagawa.

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The rest of these photos were taken along the Shin Nakagawa on the circuitous route back in the direction of my house. The path along the river here is much wider.

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