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


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

Visiting the Sensoji for New Year’s

Yes, we are still in the middle of the New Year holidays here in Japan. While I visited my local temple and shrine on the 2nd, today, January 4th, we visited the Sensoji in Asakusa. It’s so crowded that it’s all but impossible to get into the main building. But even the side streets are exciting during this holiday season.

Approaching the Sensoji, there was a nice view of the Sky Tree, and the Kaminari mon (the main gate). I don’t know the guy whose face sticks out in the full front photo of the entrance.




1531950_10152122557935726_253358234_o1602096_10152122557930726_1217093947_oSushi candy. Who could resist? I managed to.

1496356_10152122565065726_1776089400_oThere’s this great senbei shop on a side street. That nice looking omiyage is maybe for… Me! It would all break if I shipped it, right? 🙂

1490686_10152122566855726_1295883029_o1559479_10152122566845726_476902105_o1537497_10152122566865726_1803354342_o1503430_10152122566860726_1548741302_nTraditional Japanese festival fare. Yaki something-that-was-once-alive, and banana chocolate.

I never noticed this large bell before.

The crowds, and some views of the main temple.

1526377_10152122654100726_2020413265_n1496240_10152122654115726_283465197_o884499_10152122654105726_942287480_o1523620_10152122654120726_866169942_o1502347_10152122654110726_2091725111_oSome parting shots. Including the Koi pond.

886769_10152122765970726_1174691525_o1540337_10152122765965726_1866586708_o1545207_10152122765960726_428445635_nHave a good 2014.