The Edo Museum

During the afternoon, we decided to visit the Edo Museum. Edo is the old name for Tokyo.

As a history museum, there are exhibits about the Edo period, when the upper-class would make frequent trips between what’s now Kyoto and Tokyo.

There are displays about daily life, work, and play.
Some exhibits are life sized or interactive.
There are also exhibits about more modern life. There’s a Meiji era building, old cars, and displays of houses dating back to pre-WW2.
The WW2 display was a bit hard to look at.
My favorite was a house from the late 1950s. It looked like the occupants had stepped out for a moment and would be back any minute.

If you get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. The entry fee is around ¥600 and the exhibits are well worth it.

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Temple at Asakusa


After the skytree, we visited a famous temple and at shaved ice at a very small park.


It was crowded and hot, so we didn’t stay long. I really don’t do well with crowds and was ready to leave after 10 minutes. My friend was really too kind in letting me.

The shaved ice was great though.

Tokyo Skytree

The first stop on our journey, after finding breakfast, was Asakusa station to see the Tokyo Skytree. We decided that because we had a lot of extra time, we would walk from the station. 
Unfortunately we misjudged the distance by quite a lot.
Once we finally got there, there wasn’t much of a wait to buy tickets or ride the elevator up. We arrived a little but after 8:30, so it wasn’t too crowded.
We visited the 345th, 350th, 445th and 450th floors to take pictures. 

There was a Marvel Avengers event going on, due to the newest movie, so the upper floors had superhero themed decorations, models, and merch.
We spent about an hour and a half there, investigating everything, and looking out the huge windows. Once we were done, we decided our next destination, then headed to the subway station. 

On our way

Today dragged on and on.

Usually, when I have weekend plans to look forward to, my Saturday fly by, but today time moved like molasses. I only had six lessons, instead of the usual seven or eight, with any downtime being used to correct essays or do paperwork.

But all I could think about was our trip to Tokyo.

Now I’m sitting on the nighttime highway bus, somewhere in Yokkaichi, knackered beyond belief, and wearing my friend’s jacket. 

It’s almost dead silent, with blacked out windows, and nothing to do. It’s almost like all my energy’s left, so maybe I should go to sleep so I can get through tomorrow’s sightseeing.

G’night all.

The skies above

The view from above San Francisco during my visit earlier this month.

I didn’t get to explore very much, but what I saw from the plane was pretty cool. This was arriving from Japan. On the way back, I was sat in thr central row.

I would like to visit again in the future when I have more time and a later departure time.