Thursday, December 28, 2006

Ueno & Akihabara

I was on my own today, so I have considerably less photos to show from my travels.

Today's destination was Ueno, specifically, Ueno Park.

Meet Takamori Saigo, a samurai born in 1827. He took his own life in ritual suicide after a failed attempt to overthrow the government.


You can read all about him here.


Nearby is a memorial dedicated to the men who opposed Saigo, called Tombs of the Shogitai Soldiers. I snapped this close up shot of the memorial.


The Crow.


A happy couple watching the birds on Shinobazu Pond.


Ameya Yokocho is a street market where hundreds of stalls sell everything from fish to handbags. I gave it a thorough inspection.


I noshed not once, but twice on kaiten sushi: plates of sushi circulate on a conveyor belt around the counter--customers simply reach for the dishes they want and pay for the number of dishes they take.

I also explored Akihabara and it's "Electric City", but forgot to take photos.

1 comment:

Garden Philospher said...

Shane
Thanks for sharing your trip with pictures. I love to travel and doing it vicariously is fun too. I know it takes a lot of time and effort. I may not remember my password etc. so I may have to be anonomous. Dad.