We had breakfast at Beck’s Cafe and we people watched. Streams of men and women in dark suits spill out of the subway gate and then pass the cafe. Reminded me of black ants when moving their food….
I have never seen Lucy so happy – today she grinned from ear to ear especially when we were in Harajuku. That’s the place where Japanese girls dressed up in colorful and fancy clothings; although that wasn’t what made her sooo happy ..it was the Kiddyland Store. Five floors of wonderful toys for the young and old. Lucy was just delighted to see all the Totoro stuff.
We had lunch and took our food to the non smoking second floor. Directly below us, we watched men and women stop by the “Manners Street” kiosk to have a smoke. In Tokyo, smoking on the street is banned in a lot of places so they have to gather round this kiosk, puffing to their hearts content!
We also watched a beggar man raiding the garbage next to the kiosk. He was feeding himself, using a pair of chopsticks and when he had enough, he shut the lid, wiped his mouth with his handkerchief and walked away!
Lucy mentioned that she also saw a well dressed young man in a suit reliving himself in a bush!! I guess you find one of those in every country – more in some countries.
Later in the afternoon, we went to Asakusa (the U is silent) to see the Sensi-jo temple. It was built to honour the goddess of mercy who was caught in a fishing net by two brothers centuries ago, or something like that. All around the temple were thousands of vendor stalls selling knick knacks and trinkets. Every time I picked something up, Dave’s voice – “which box are you going to put that in” ring in my head and so I saved myself a few yen by not buying anything. This place was about 20 stops away from our hotel (on the subway), so we were pretty tired by 8pm.
We did go to a department store on the way back. Lucy wanted to get a half slip but they were 84 US$ each!! Then we looked at boots and shoes – they all range from $140 to about $400 a pair. How can these young girls afford to buy anything here!!! They are all so well heeled and well dressed. I just trudged along everyday in my Danskos and I felt very comfortable – just amazed me how they can walk in those teeny tiny heels all day long!