Freshly roasted ika (squid) from Aomori outside Asakusa's (and Taito Ward's) biggest library in Kappabashi -there was a festival/fair there this last weekend... #Asakusa, #Kappabashi, #Aomori, #ika, #squid October, 12 2015 © 2015 Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Freshly roasted ika (squid) from Aomori outside Asakusa's (and Taito Ward's) biggest library in Kappabashi -there was a festival/fair there this last weekend... #Asakusa, #Kappabashi, #Aomori, #ika, #squid October, 12 2015 © 2015 Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tanuki Dori 1/12. This street running parallel to Kaminarimon Dori is a little shotengai (shopping street) very characteristic of Asakusa. The name comes from the raccoon dogs that used to live in the area until the Meiji Era (a big part of Asakusa was fields and rice paddies) and that appear regularly in Japanese folk tales. To honor them Asakusans have made 11 "shrines" with statues depicting them as various kind spirits. #Asakusa, #tanuki, January 22, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tanuki Dori 1/12. This street running parallel to Kaminarimon Dori is a little shotengai (shopping street) very characteristic of Asakusa. The name comes from the raccoon dogs that used to live in the area until the Meiji Era (a big part of Asakusa was fields and rice paddies) and that appear regularly in Japanese folk tales. To honor them Asakusans have made 11 "shrines" with statues depicting them as various kind spirits. #Asakusa, #tanuki, January 22, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Street stalls in Asakusa are rare except during festivals/fairs. But you can often find this guy selling dried fruit on Kaminarimon Dori/Street or around the Rox -his mangoes are just great! Taken on January 21, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Street stalls in Asakusa are rare except during festivals/fairs. But you can often find this guy selling dried fruit on Kaminarimon Dori/Street or around the Rox -his mangoes are just great! Taken on January 21, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

"Kameju" on Kaminarimon Dori/Street is the proof that you don't need to go to Kyoto for good anmitsu (syrup-covered anko bean jam and fruit) sweets; you can just go to Asakusa! Taken on December 4, 2013. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

"Kameju" on Kaminarimon Dori/Street is the proof that you don't need to go to Kyoto for good anmitsu (syrup-covered anko bean jam and fruit) sweets; you can just go to Asakusa! Taken on December 4, 2013. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

With so many matsuri festivals in the area, shops selling clothes and accessories for the people participating are an Asakusa staple. Here's one of them: "Hanteya" (http://www.hantenya.com/) in Denpoin Dori; on its shutter there is a hikeshi (Edo period fireman) from the Kabuki play "Megumi no Kenka" #Asakusa, #Denpoin, #matsuri, #Hanteya, #Kabuki, #shutter September 29, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

With so many matsuri festivals in the area, shops selling clothes and accessories for the people participating are an Asakusa staple. Here's one of them: "Hanteya" (http://www.hantenya.com/) in Denpoin Dori; on its shutter there is a hikeshi (Edo period fireman) from the Kabuki play "Megumi no Kenka" #Asakusa, #Denpoin, #matsuri, #Hanteya, #Kabuki, #shutter September 29, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

One of the most unusual things you can spot in the streets of Asakusa: the shuttle bus of the Hanayashiki (http://www.hanayashiki.net/e/) amusement park, the first of its kind in Japan with a history going back to 1853! #Asakusa, #Hanayashiki, #bus, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

One of the most unusual things you can spot in the streets of Asakusa: the shuttle bus of the Hanayashiki (http://www.hanayashiki.net/e/) amusement park, the first of its kind in Japan with a history going back to 1853! #Asakusa, #Hanayashiki, #bus, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa/Kappabashi Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 26/27 A very impressive-looking street performer a cross between a juggler and a magician -as mentioned earlier, you can get all kinds of distractions in the Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri of Asakusa/Kappabashi! #Asakusa, #Tanabata, #Kappabashi, #magician, #juggler July 6, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa/Kappabashi Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 26/27 A very impressive-looking street performer a cross between a juggler and a magician -as mentioned earlier, you can get all kinds of distractions in the Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri of Asakusa/Kappabashi! #Asakusa, #Tanabata, #Kappabashi, #magician, #juggler July 6, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa/Kappabashi Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 5/27 Like all summer festivals, especially in Asakusa, Tanabata is an opportunity to have a stroll in your yukata (light cotton summer kimono) and escape from the heat #Asakusa, #Tanabata, #Kappabashi, #matsuri, #yukata, #kimono Taken on July 6, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa/Kappabashi Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 5/27 Like all summer festivals, especially in Asakusa, Tanabata is an opportunity to have a stroll in your yukata (light cotton summer kimono) and escape from the heat #Asakusa, #Tanabata, #Kappabashi, #matsuri, #yukata, #kimono Taken on July 6, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

The Toshi no Ichi fair is over and Asakusa is back to its regular life. This shop, "Saboten", is not unique to Asakusa (it's a chain that started in Shinjuku, I think) but if you happen around the "Rokku", the sixth quarter, check it out -it specializes in "katsu" stuff (breaded and deep fried cutlets, croquettes etc.) and they're really good -not "home-made good" but still, very good. Taken on December 19, 2013. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

The Toshi no Ichi fair is over and Asakusa is back to its regular life. This shop, "Saboten", is not unique to Asakusa (it's a chain that started in Shinjuku, I think) but if you happen around the "Rokku", the sixth quarter, check it out -it specializes in "katsu" stuff (breaded and deep fried cutlets, croquettes etc.) and they're really good -not "home-made good" but still, very good. Taken on December 19, 2013. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tori no Ichi II 9/12 Things were no less busy at the Matshushita honten (i.e. main store): the guys were taking down and handling kumade non-stop! #Asakusa, #Tori, #Ichi, #Matshushita, #kumade November 10, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tori no Ichi II 9/12 Things were no less busy at the Matshushita honten (i.e. main store): the guys were taking down and handling kumade non-stop! #Asakusa, #Tori, #Ichi, #Matshushita, #kumade November 10, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

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