Friday, April 08, 2005


This sign could have said "THIS WAY TO YOUR CERTAIN DEATH" and I still would have followed it, because it showed the way to the end of my walk. All I had to do was follow Asakusadori less than two kilometers through Tawaramachi and then fight my way up the Nakamise shopping street to Sensoji Temple.

Little did I know that Tawaramachi would be yet another exercise in boredom. The entire length was lined with butsuguya, shops characteristic of temple neighborhoods; they sell Buddha statues, family altars and similarly morbid funeral items. Maybe it's not so morbid to your average Japanese, but to me the shops seemed to say, "THIS WAY TO YOUR CERTAIN DEATH."

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