Asakusa is famous for tempura rice bowl.
Tokyo was called Edo when samurai govened Tokyo, and people in Edo were called Edokko.
Edokko were busy, so tempura rice bowl became popular at Edo, cuz they can eat tempura and rice at the same time, then they can save thier time.
The two tops of delicious tempura restauranteurs are “Masaru” and “Daikokuya”.
Tempura in Asakusa is unique. They are fried in black sesame oil, so the color of tempura is deeper than usual ones.
It will be served like this picture.
There is impact. The big tempura is an eel.
I smell the river a little, but that is also the taste of Asakusa.
The owner will feel free to talk to you very much. A lot of foreigners are coming, please do not hesitate to go. However, please be careful as it will be sold out if you go there late time. I recommended you go there around 11:30.
Sensoji temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo, also the oldest stone bridge in Tokyo is in the same premises.
This is caled “Shakkyo”, literary meaning is stone bridge in Japanese. It was made in 1616 and now we can not pass because of preservation, but we can see it. Below that there is a small pond and large koi fishes are swimming in the pond. Opposite side, you can see a small beautiful waterfall. It is near the main hall. Please try looking for the oldest stone bridge.
The year of 1616 was the time Tokugawa Ieyasu died. Toshogu shrine was built in Asakusa. Toshogu is the tomb of Ieyasu, and the main shrine is located in NIkko ,136 kilometers away from Asakusa. At the time there were no cars and no train, so going to Nikko was a very difficult thing. Toshogu shrine was built in Asakusa, so that anyone can visit Toshogu easily. And this stone bridge was made as a bridge connecting the sanctuary Toshogu shrine and the human world. Toshogu shrine’s main hall itself in Asakusa was destroyed with fire accident, but still Ieyasu seems to be beyond this bridge, and protect Tokyo’s peaceful.
This picture is in Nikko.
There is a big bell a little away from Nakamise Street in Asakusa Temple.
When Tokugawa Shogun governed for Tokyo, such big bells were in Asakusa, Ueno, Kanda.Shinjuku etc. in Tokyo, and Buddhist monks rang the bells and informed the time instead of the clock.
However, since most of them were used as materials for weapons during the Second World War, they are not left now. Meanwhile, there is a bell remained at Seonsoji Temple. During the wartime, the residents around Sensoji Temple, who did not want to use that bell as a weapon material, buried in the basement and hide it.
Feel the local love of the local residents of Asakusa, such a bell, please look for it.
The bell is the original one,but the bell tower was reconstructed after WW II.
Yesterday, I blogged about “Raccoon Street” in Asakusa and mentioned the story about run-away raccoon from Ueno.
There is another story about raccoon.
The raccoons ran away from Ueno settled in Asakusa,However, the raccoons mischieved for human, for exapmle, they threw sandals in the kettle or throw some sand into rooms. Human were very annoyed about that.One day, a monk of Asakusa’s Sensoji temple had a dream. In the dreams, the raccoons had declarations saying that “If you protect for us, we will protect Sensoji temple from fire accidents forever.” After that, the monk built a small shrine called “Chingodo” nearby Sensoji for raccoons. In the small shrine, there are some ornaments of raccoons. They are enshrined as gods.
Actually, when the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and Tokyo Air Raid in 1945 occurred, around Sensoji and Chingodo shrine was not burned away!!!
Raccoon protected us really!
But, the other side, it’s said to be that a big ginkgo tree protected this area from the big accidents, because ginkgo trees have lots of water in it. We can see the big ginkgo tree still now in side Chingodo shrine. The ginkgo tree survived from the big earthquake and Tokyo Air aid.
There is a street which is called raccoon street in Asakusa.
There are 12 cute statues of raccoon there.
Until the late nineteenth century, there were many raccoons in Asakusa area. A civil war called Boshin War occurred in the nearby Ueno, and the raccoons in Ueno ran away from Ueno to Asakusa and had settled in Asakusa.
However, a territorial dispute began and it was rough between the raccoon which originally lived in Asakusa and the raccoon who ran away from Ueno.
An Asakusa local raccoon called Tatsugoro calmed down and admonished the racconns telling, thanks to the Kannon of Sensoji Temple, we can live safely. Tatsugoro admonished them to keep peace and help people.
After Tatsugoro’s action, all the raccoon changed from roughness feeling to warm full feeling. In particular, the 12 raccoon of them with strong sense of justice became gods after training. The 12 raccoon gods will answer people’s wishing if people stroke the raccoon’s belly while wishing.
The raccoons of the Raccoon Street are the gods.
Let’s search Raccoon Street and wish something to the raccoon gods!
Little Seabejae is a coffee shop with delicious muffins next to Asakusa’s Kanji House. The feature of this muffin is using rice flour. Those who are gluten-free, vegetarians and those who eat everything, can eat it deliciously. When I go to Kanji House I stop by there as surely as always ♪
For vegetarians and vegans, Japan is a difficult country.
Because fish and meat are used as a soup stock for almost all dishes, I think that 100% vegan people will have many difficulty in Japan.
Meanwhile, at Little Seabejae, not only muffins but also meal can be eaten. Meal is only lunch time. Furthermore, the atmosphere of the owner and interior are fabuous(^^)
Chocolate cake was also delicious!!
There is a very delicious bakery in Asakusa. It is a bakery called Kagetsudo, where freshly baked melon taste bread is famous. There are other shops where melon taste bread are sold, but you should go to Kagetsudo.
And, depending on the store you can not eat freshly baked ones, so please go to the main store or Kaminarimon store.
It’s only 220 yen and you can eat crunchy melonpan ♪
It is the map of main store:
and the following is the Kaminarimon store.
Also, some apple pies are available.
Asakusa is famous for its shopping street called Nakamise Shopping Street, but if you are not interested in shopping and are interested in experience, you should go to Kanji House!
Kanji is letter used in Japan. If you go to Kanji House, you will get your name in Kanji.
It is a very popular shop in “Trip Advisor”.
Please take a try by all means.
When you visit the shop,please be sure to make your reservation!!
There is another good soft ice cream shop in Asakusa.
There is a soft ice cream of tofu taste.
On a little narrow road next to Nakamise shopping street, the name is “Yahei”. I
I pasted the photos, so please refer to these pictures.
This should only be enjoyed in Japan, so please try it by all means.
The price is 350 yen.
Besides, there are matcha flavor, mango flavor, strawberry flavor, vanilla flavor.
One place you should go in Tokyo is Tsukiji. Because it moved to other place in October 2018, it will never be able to see the nostalgic and unique atmosphere of old times.
Tsukiji was originally part of Tokyo Bay. Early in the 17th century, there was a big fire in the center of Tokyo, we decided to develop this area in the reconstruction plan, and it was built by landfill.
After development, there were villa areas of Daimyo and low-class samurai and houses of townspeople in this area.
In the 18th century, there was a wholesaler such as rice, charcoal, firewood etc. However, the rice specializes in the location, it has grown up in the sea breeze, and since then the area was a martial arts training course of martial arts training from the mid-nineteenth century to the latter half, , Hotel for foreign residence staying etc was set up etc. A lot of foreigners started to live in the southern area from Tsukiji, and various new cultures such as mission school, breadmaking, letterpress printing, surveying art were incorporated.
However, on September 1, 1923, there was a major earthquake in Tokyo, the Nihonbashi that had flourished as a fresh fish market has also been destroyed and the land of Tsukiji was selected as a new fresh fish market.
Although it prospered very much as a kitchen in Tokyo, it became obsolete, and it came to close the curtain in October, 2018.
Come and take a step on this tsukiji in this old and old-fashioned atmosphere. This place is not a sightseeing spot but a wholesaler who is working seriously, so we recommend you to go around 9 o’clock so that it does not get in the way.