Hi everyone,

As promised, here is the continuation of my photos taken during our day in Asakusa.  Following our visit of Asakusa, we walked towards the Tokyo Skytree, measuring 634 m, it is the tallest structure in Japan and was opened to the public in May 2012 (thank you Wikipedia).

Camera configuration: Nikon D800 equipped with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 Nikon lens or 50 mm f/1.8 Nikon lens.

Asakusa

One of the things we really enjoyed in Asakusa, was the more traditional feeling that we got which was not necessarily present in the rest of Tokyo.

Rickshaw

Couple

Seeing all the traditional outfits was also really pleasant:

Kimono

Once again, one of three Mikoshis up-close. One can really appreciate the detailed work that goes into making these mini-shrines.

Mikoshi

This scene looks taken right out of a classic Kung Fu movie: a rival school is coming to challenge us; get ready 😉

Trouble is coming

Love the hairdo…

Twins

We finally arrived at the Sensō-ji temple. This is where the Mikoshis start their “journey”.

Sensō-ji

Sensō-ji

Couldn’t stay long for this picture, the smoke was burning my eyes…

Prayers

Sensō-ji

Humm, a fish on a stick; I think I’ll pass on this one!

Fish on a stick

Sensō-ji

Afterwards, we started walking in the Tokyo Skytree’s direction taking the back alleys… people everywhere!

Back alley

It's hot

We stopped for an ice cream and lo and behold, another Mikoshi! It seemed that wherever we went, they followed us 😉

Mikoshi

We finally crossed the Sumida river in direction of the Tokyo Skytree.

Tokyo Skytree

Sumida river

Once there, we were unable to get tickets to go up the Tokyo Skytree in a reasonable amount of time; there were just to many people. Nevertheless, it’s an impressive tower.

Tokyo Skytree

We decided to do some shopping in a nearby mall; I found a great Japenese knife for my father.

Escalators

I took this picture of an Origami crane which was made with the same paper I used for my daughter’s birthday. I’ve also always enjoyed doing Origami… haven’t had much time though recently…

Crane

We then headed home for a night out in Shinjuku (next post)! There are a lot of cones in Tokyo and most of the time one does not know exactly why… Although anyone who lives in Montreal knows that we are the world capital of orange cones (construction sites everywhere)! By the way, Dave Powell from ShootTokyo has a great post on the use of cones in Tokyo!

Cones

Cemetery

Thanks for stopping by and remember to leave a comment if you like what you see! Stay tuned for my next post: New York Bar at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Omoide Yokocho and more!

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