Tuesday, 23 November 2010
After a stroll round Ueno park, and dipping into SCAI, a modern art gallery which was once a bath house, we headed to Yanaka, an old district of Tokyo where the buildings are low rise and the pace of life is slower. It's a lovely place to wander round as there are many temples to investigate (with lots of bibbed icons donning knitted hats to keep them warm), shops to forage round (we found a gorgeous paper shop and stocked up on some lovely things), and cafes to sip beer in. We ended up at a gorgeously quaint cafe, crammed full of cat icons, statues, posters etc. It was such a random find, but just what Tokyo is all about - dropping into randomly found cafes, bars and restaurants and finding some real gems.