There we were met by Keiko's friend and coworker Kotaro, who is working on his English and who volunteered to act as tour guide. He took us shopping down a crowded and famous shopping area. We had fun looking at all the shops and bought a few items. Then we went to a lovely peaceful tree- lined temple area, where we glimpsed a traditional Japanese wedding taking place and stopped at a temple shrine for the ritual washing of hands and mouth. They had charms for sale for a variety of ailments and good wishes. (I bought one on a key chain for traffic safety for Rob- who will be driving all too soon...)
We had a really good ramen lunch with Kotaro (I found one with pork-no fish!- and tried my best to slurp acceptably, if not enthusiastically.) Then we met up with Keiko and went to a fun souvenir area with lots of trinkets and hot pressed filled cookies that won James' heart.
We went to another temple area, this one with trained monkeys-that I didn't like, and beautiful Temple Dog statues that I did. Keiko and Kotaro were wonderful, taking pictures everywhere and patiently waiting while we looked in all the shops. We also visited the Tokyo Sky Tree, which was very Space Needle-ish, I thought. Keiko bought a souvenir of it for us as we had brought a model of the Space Needle for her. We finally went our separate ways and, by the time we made it back, I was sooooo tired. My feet were sore, my hips were sore, my back was sore.... this tourism stuff is hard work!
Our pretty breakfast with Keiko
Shopping in Harajuku
With our marvelous guide Kotaro
Really a lovely location. Taking photos with Kotaro
The ritual washing of hands and mouth at the temple
Ramen again for James- he could live on it
I wonder why Japanese always do peace signs in their photos?
At a different temple in Asakusa
A view inside the temple
We loved the stone temple dogs
Shave ice with Keiko
A view of the Tokyo Skytree- and golden cloud- we think....
This is my Suica pass holder. It clips on your belt and has a retracting leash so you can scan it when you go through the gates. They think it's a cloud. I think it's something else...
Back view of pass holder
Crepes are all the rage in Tokyo
What a great idea- I wouldn't mind if this one caught on locally