Dec 21, 2015

Wine the Exhibition

"Wine the Exhibition"

Wine the Exhibition is held at National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno. The wine bottle, found from a wreck deep in the Baltic Sea, is worth seeing. It was bottled before 1840. The building is also beautiful to see.

October 31, 2015 thru February 21, 2016
9:00 to 17:00 (20:00 on Fridays)
close on Mondays (also December 28 thru January 1)
1,600 yen/adult

Dec 10, 2015

shop#97 Yamakichi, monkey figurines

Anyone who was born in 1992, 1980, 1968 and 1956? 2016 will be the year of you, monkeys. At Yamakichi, many cute monkeys are waiting for you. #asakusa

Bring a printed coupon with you when you visit this shop! You can get a free mug cup. (It may be an offer for a limited time only.)

↓↓ coupon here ↓↓


Dec 6, 2015

Edo Kappore

You can see the performance of Edo Kappore dance on the first Sundays every month at #Asakusa Shrine.



Dec 5, 2015

Autumn leaves in Sensoji

We have warm days these days. Leaves are changing a little later than usual.

at #Sensoji, #Asakusa.


Nov 14, 2015

shop#198 Hinode Senbei

Hinode Senbei started its business in 1913, which means they have more than 100-year-history. Senbei is a rice cracker. They use 100% Japanese fine rice from Niigata, Gunma, Ibaraki or Chiba, and bake one by one carefully by hand. 

Located on the corner of Shin-Nakamise Street and Rokku Broadway Street. (Japanese only)

shop#199 Asahiya

Asahiya is located on the Kappabashi-hon-dori, selling various envelops or Origami.

In Japan, it is a custom for adults (parents or grandparents) to give children a money on a New Year's Day as Otoshidama, These small envelops, called Pochibukuro, are for such custom. 2016 will be a year of monkeys. That's why monkeys are illustrated on the paper.

Pochibukuro                                               Origami

They also sell cards and Origami. These Origami are easy to fold paper cranes, just following instruction lines. You can make flag-patterned or Hanafuda-patterned cranes.

Nov 6, 2015

Wadaiko (Japanese drums) performance

The performance was made at the event called A/ROUND in Asakusa.


Today (Nov 5, 2015) was Ichi-no-tori, the first Torinoichi in 2015.
Torinoichi is held at Ohtori Shrine and Chokokuji Temple located next to each other in Taitoku. It takes 10 minutes from Asakusa Sensoji on foot.

This year, we have 3 times, Ichi-no-tori, Ni-no-tori and San-no-tori. Ni-no-tori will be on Nov 17 and San-no-tori on Nov 29, from 0:00 to 24:00.

                   2016 is the year of monkey!

Torinoichi Website:

Oct 26, 2015

shop#197 Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten

This is a shop of Magewappa, a traditional Japanese craft from Akita prefecture, located at Orange street in Asakusa. A typical item is a Bento box (lunch box) made of Japanese cedar tree. Magewappa is a perfect box to keep white rice with an adequate moisture for hours by the power of cedar.


Oct 7, 2015

shop#196 Kappa Village Ippinten

There is a shop selling colorful steamed meat buns (Kappa Nikuman) on Orange Street in Asakusa, just in front of the Asakusa Public Hall. At this place, you can join a guided bike tour called Tokyo Culture Cycling Tour. The tour is in English or Japanese. I am sure it is a perfect activity on a fine autumn day.

One day tour 10,000 yen
Half day tour 5,000 yen
includes bike and helmet.

You may go to Akihabara, Ueno, Tsukiji or Ryogoku at your request.

Check their website at:

shop#195 Isomura Masajiro Shoten

This is a speciality store for sesame-seed oil since 1935. You can buy a bottle of fine sesame oil, sesame seeds, sesame dressing and a jar of honey-sesame paste for bread.
1min from Tawarachi Station.

Oct 6, 2015

shop#194 Usagiya

Usagiya is a Japanese sweets shop in Ueno, famous for Dorayaki. Japanese sweets go well with Matcha.

Oct 5, 2015

Akita Kanto Matsuri in Asakusa

There was a performance of Akita Kanto Matsuri on Orange Street in Asakusa on September 26, 2015.

It's hard to believe that one bamboo rod with lanterns weights 50 kilograms!

The real festival is held in August in Akita city.