Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Old and the New

Yesterday we headed over to Shinjuku and Shibuya to do some touristy sightseeing.  I'd been there before, but my husband hadn't.  We went to the government building in West Shinjuku to look out over the city from the observation deck.  Look at all the tiny little people and cars down there!


















































































































My husband also wanted to check out one of the tackle shops in town because that's one of his true loves - fishing.

Mmmm - grilled mackerel, rice, miso soup, grated daikon
and some sort of oshinko for lunch.  Simple and perfect.


Fish "print" to immortalize a great catch





















































The famous "scramble" crossing in Shibuya.  







































Later in the day we went to visit a buddhist temple in Asakusa. It's been in the family of my brother's "home stay" mother for many generations.  Her 88 year old mother takes care of the day-to-day tasks and she was so gracious to have us there for barley tea and cool fruit jelly.  Out back they had a peaceful cemetery and a beautiful garden full of lotus.  Unfortunately they weren't blooming anymore, but they looked so healthy.  Afterwards we went out for Okonomiyaki (like savory pancakes almost) and walked around town a bit.













































































Then we hopped on the train back to Tachikawa to get some rest.  I think the jet lag is finally starting to set in...zzzzzz