This is the day after the “Mt. Fuji traveling incident,” which Mary said, “We will never speak of again.” She said it was “worse than Boston” and “we didn’t even get lost!” We slept in, then got breakfast at Family Mart. I had a strawberry yogurt (after that apple yesterday I thought it best to change my breakfast). Mary had a crepe, of course. Then we hiked off to see the shrine that was in the guide. It was a lovely morning for a walk. We got there just as it opened. We got Cokes out of the machine and sat and sipped a while.
|Up the steps to the shrine|
|Wisteria covered parking. I like it!|
The Temple had lots of shrines. It was pretty extensive. We took lots of photos. They had a gift shop, where I bought Aunt Daisy (Shige) a zippered coin purse shaped like a fish, and a turtle pull, for the zipper.
|This is like a carriage house, with three stalls for storage of|
|This one has wheels, so I think it is more modern|
|close up so you can see some of the details|
|this is the main entrance, but we exited this way|
more prayers on the right
|this is outside of the main entrance|
by the time we left, it was getting quite busy
|This is the decoration outside of a storefront on the street.|
We left there and stood on the Hijiri Bridge and watched the world go by. We both took train videos of multiple trains coming and going and tugs with barges on the river, and finally some people on jet skiis. All this activity was right next to a busy street below us. We walked through another part of the Yushima Seido and saw the statue of Confucius.
|On the right are shops in the old train station|
they had a model rail road, post cards, awesome clothing
much out of our price range
|This was at the restaurant in the Beef Building|
Great food (a tad pricey) and no go box allowed.
|We cut through this building on the way to the Don Quiote Market|
It had lovely art work, mosaics on the floors and walls.
We walked across the blue bridge and discovered the Post Office was closed for the holiday. What another holiday? The folks in our hotel lobby told us we could get stamps at the Family Mart. The gal at the Family Mart told us where the Post box was around the corner. Then Mary looked for the regular grocery market on-line, and she found two. It turns out, as she browsed, she found a GF pasta place, northeast of our location. She thought we should have dinner there. More on that later. We walked about and finally found the Don Quiote Market, which was six stories of madness. It turns out the top floor was slots, gambling, and pachinko. On the way back down, we were on the other side of the escalators, and we found the food on floor 2. I got some cashews, Snickers Bars, and M&Ms. I was looking for breakfast cereal. No dice! Mary found lots of Kit Kat stuff for her cooking friend. We made it down a side street to get away from the crowd and got back to the hotel, where we left our groceries.
|She drug me all over N Tokoyo for GF pasta on a holiday|
when the restaurant was closed, so after she drug me back
she got a nice yummy crepe, while I was pooped and starving.
That's my girl!
|Who knew they were closed for Greenery Day???|
We went back into the subway and Mary drug my sorry ass back to Akihabara. She asks, “Is it okay to stop at the crepe place, so I can stuff my face with yummy deliciousness?” She got the chocolate, brownie, ice cream, banana crepe, and we sat in front of the shopping center, so I could rest my feet while she stuffed her face. After that, we went to the Denny’s in our hotel where I had meat and rice and hot tea. Mary ordered pink lemonade, that we had to ask for three times, before she finally got it. After dinner, I was so glad to be going to bed! We are flying back to S Korea in the morning.