Tokyo Sky Tree and Soramachi

There are two famous towers in Tokyo.  One is Tokyo Tower completed in 1958 which looks like Eiffel Tower in Paris.  It is 333 meter-high.  (Eiffel Tower is 324 meter-high.) The other tower is Tokyo Sky Tree which was completed in 2012 and it is 634 meter where I visited recently.  If you climb up…

Wisteria Festival in Kameido Tenjin Shrine

After the cherryblossom season, many flowers start blooming.  Now it’s the season for wisteria.  There are several spots in Tokyo where you can admire wisteria but the most famous place may be Kameido Tenjin Shrine.  It is sometimes called as Tenmangu Shrine.  Tenjin literally means God of Sky who is Sugawara no Michizane who was a scholar, poet and…

Shaving Dried Bonito

Today’s posting is not about walking and biking but about gourmet.  Japanese dashi soup which is rich in flavor can be made by adding shaved dried bonito.  But what is bonito?  It looks like this – it’s a fish. This is about 30 cm long and it costs about 2,000 yen.  By using a special plane,…

Cherry Blossoms in Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo from centuries ago.  It was Shogun Yoshimune in early 18th century who started opening this park to the general public and allowed them to enjoy cherry blossom viewing.  There were Ukiyoe paintings which showed cherry blossoms and people picnicing. The culture of…