Seedier Side of Tokyo

I guess we pretty much know what’s being advertised here… in Asakusa section of Tokyo.

Tokyo Skytower

This picture of the Tokyo Skytower was taken from a boat on the Sumida River.

Romance Car Bento

The Odakyu line Romance car from Tokyo to Hakone is memorialized in a souvenir bento box lunch that you can enjoy on your journey.

Yakatabune boats

These boats offer scenic dinner cruises on the Sumida river in Tokyo.

Nakamise Dori Banners

The Nakamise Dori street entrance to Senso-ji Temple is lined with tourist shops and often displays seasonal or topical decorations, from cherry blossoms to autumn leaves and banners

Takashimaya Elevator Girl

Major Japanese department stores in Tokyo still have a full complement of staff running main bank of elevators for their patrons. Careful training in arm blocking, button pushing and bowing are a prerequesite for the job.

Tokyo at Night

The lights of Tokyo extend far into the distance on a beautiful, clear night.

Pet Clothing Galore

The shops on Nakamise dori offer a wide range of unusual items. This one specializes in pet clothing, for the well-dressed pet. There’s everything from sparkly collars to full ensembles for the well-turned out dog.

Mitsukoshi Flagship

The flagship store of department store chain, Mitsukoshi, is a landmark in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Did you know they started out as a kimono fabric vendor in 1673?

Classic Souvenirs

What’s more classic as a souvenir than Japanese chopsticks. These are on display in Asakusa where you can find tourist-type items. For the serious shopper, sets of chopsticks (smaller for the ladies, larger for the men) can run to hundreds of dollars.

The Brush Shop

There are so many specialty stores in Japan. Little shops are in all areas of Tokyo that specialize in just one type of product. Here is a photo of a brush shop near Asakusa.

Delicate Candies

In addition to small and cute, the Japanese do “delicate” with incredible flair and panache (think miniaturization!). These candies, each individually wrapped, were on display on tiny individual plates in a storefront in Nihonbashi. Keep in mind that they also change colors and flavors with the seasons and the variety available is almost endless.

Traditional Fans

This shop in Tokyo’s Asakusa shopping area offers not only Japan’s famous folding fans, but also the flat fans that come in a variety of shapes and colors. These traditional ones have water-colored scenes on them.

Never Forget the Elephant

Parking lots the world over use a variety of symbols, colors and numbers to help you remember where you parked. This door is on the Elephant floor of Narita’s South parking lot.

A Taxi Ride

For anyone who has ever been in a Tokyo taxi, this will bring back memories. The white lace seat covers, the attentive driver, the GPS map, the license clearly displayed, the video playing in the backseat and the cityscape flying by.

Go Round Sushi

Conveyor belt sushi (kaiten sushi) in Japan is a fast and delicious and usually inexpensive way to get a quick meal. This one, in Shinjuku, used English to make sure to convey the concept as well as the sushi.

Station and Ivy

The Japanese hide beauty in the most unexpected places. This wall of multi-covered ivy is found in the upper level of the front (Yeasu side) of Tokyo Station, where tourists would rarely go.