With SAS once again

This time it was Tokyo, Japan. Which was fantastic, where people are so sweet and nice and home of great sushi.


Nowadays, Akihabara is considered by many to be an otaku cultural center and a shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods. Icons from popular anime and manga are displayed prominently on the shops in the area, and numerous maid cafés are found throughout the district.


The area that is now Akihabara was once near a city gate of Edo and served as a passage between the city and northwestern Japan.

Otaku culture

The influence of otaku culture has shaped Akihabara's businesses and buildings to reflect the interests of otaku and gained the district worldwide fame for its distinctive imagery.

Nice meat

Here you get you meat on a hot plate, so you have to turn it so it gets nice on both sides.

Favorite sushi place

Sushi (すし, 寿司, 鮨?) is a Japanese food consisting of cooked vinegared rice (鮨飯 sushi-meshi?) combined with other ingredients (ネタ neta?), seafood, vegetables and sometimes tropical fruits. Ingredients and forms of sushi presentation vary widely, but the ingredient which all sushi have in common is rice (also referred to as shari (しゃり?) or sumeshi (酢飯?)).

Asakusa, wow that this is beautiful

Asakusa (浅草?) is a district in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan, famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. There are several other temples in Asakusa, as well as various festivals.

Asakusa, Kaminarimon, with its giant chōchin

The Kaminarimon was first built in 941 by Taira no Kinmasa, a military commander.[2] It was originally located near Komagata, but it was reconstructed in its current location in 1635. This is believed to be when the statues of Raijin and Fūjin were first placed on the gate.

Vending machine and small Cola

In Japan, you can buy just about anything from vending machines, and they are available all the time, everywhere.

18 Things You Can Buy In Japanese Vending Machines

Small bars next to my hotel

Shinjuku Golden Gai (新宿ゴールデン街?) is a small area of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, famous both as an area of architectural interest and for its nightlife. It is composed of a network of six narrow alleys, connected by even narrower passageways which are just about wide enough for a single person to pass through. Over 200 tiny shanty-style bars, clubs and eateries are squeezed into this area.

Shinjuku Golden Gai

Just next to my hotel.

Golden Gai was known for prostitution before 1958

Bars in Golden Gai are known in particular for the artistic affinities of their patrons. Golden Gai is well known as a meeting place for musicians, artists, directors, writers, academics and actors, including many celebrities.

Observation deck, Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

Located in Shinjuku, the building consists of a complex of three structures, each taking up a city block. The tallest and most prominent of the three is Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.1, a tower 48 stories tall that splits into two sections at the 33rd floor.

Observation deck, Tokyo

Though it has not gained the same degree of worldwide recognition as Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Skytree, the Metropolitan Government Building has come to represent the city in its own right. It frequently appears in Japanese science fiction as a symbol of authority or in type scenes depicting a futuristic or post-apocalyptic Shinjuku.

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Towers two main revenue sources are antenna leasing and tourism. It functions as a radio and television broadcasting antenna support structure and is a tourist destination that houses several different attractions. Over 150 million people have visited the tower in total since its opening in late 1958.

Night time in shinjuku, Tokyo

Shinjuku (新宿) is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers to just the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.

Night time in shinjuku, Tokyo

Shinjuku Station is the worlds busiest railway station, handling more than two million passengers every day. It is served by about a dozen railway and subway lines, including the JR Yamanote Line. Shinjuku is also one of Tokyos major stops for long-distance highway buses and city buses.

Meiji Shrine, barrels of sake

Those are indeed sake barrels, but as their name reveals, they are not full of rice wine. When displayed near a Shinto shrine, such barrels are called kazaridaru, which means “decoration barrels.” As you surmised, the barrels on display are empty, at least in physical terms. Spiritually, they’re chock full of significance.

Shrine complex

The original building was destroyed during the Tokyo air raids of World War II. The present iteration of the shrine was funded through a public fund raising effort and completed in October 1958.

Wedding, Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is also a very popular place for wealthy Japanese to celebrate a traditional Shinto-style wedding. Wedding ceremonies are often held at Meiji Memorial Hall (Meiji Kinenkan) with a parade and blessing in the area outside the Main Hall.

Local guides, Meiji Shrine

Thank you very much Rie Tanioka and Keijirou Magami for your kindness and time taken to guide me around.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum

A museum of the history of Tokyo during the Edo period.
From the establishment of the Tokugawa bakufu headquarters at Edo, the town became the de facto capital and center of political power, although Kyoto remained the formal capital of the country. Edo grew from what had been a small, little-known fishing village in 1457 into the largest metropolis in the world with an estimated population of 1,000,000 by 1721.

Here Hiroshi and me :)


Great restaurant. With Emiko and (Hiroshi Sugawara not in the picture)
and the owner of the restaurant.
we sat by the traditional Japanese tables, then all the way down on the floor :)
We got a lot of different local prepared food, MMM

Thank you Emiko and Hiroshi

I want to thank you both very much, for the fun and nice time that you took to show me around Tokyo to see local stuff.