8/15/2008

Busy Busy Week

Are you enjoying Beijing Olympic ? I do watch the games because I like it and also it is my business also.

Wow, it is already Friday tomorrow ! It's been hectic week. Sorry, I haven't written at all.

Will try to write either tomorrow or this weekend. Please come back !

8/10/2008

Shimokitazawa --- Awaodori Festival is Coming !

If you don't have plan for the next weekend ( Friday night through Sunday night ) , try to visit Shimokitazawa. Awaodori Festival is planned. 40,000 people are expected to visit the town for this event. Enjoy Japanese Summer in Shimokitazawa's cozy atmosphere !

Ameyoko --- Enjoy Shopping !



This stall is called " Bunraku " ( I mean the name of the place we ate ) . After the walk in the park, we went to Ameyoko. Ameyoko is from Ameya Yokocho( yokocho is like row. ) There seems to be a few explanations about this naming. One is " there used be many candy ( ame ) shops here. " Another is " there are many shops handling imported products such as American products..." Sure, there are many shops selling seafood, fruits, veggies, imported goods ( from shoes, watches to perfumes ...) . It reminds me of Hong Kong's narrow streets selling all sorts of reasonable goods. It's just so fun to explore all these streets and shops.

We stopped by this small Yakitori ( grilled chicken ) stall and ordered beer, yakitori, nikomi etc....( the photo is nikomi ). There are tables and chairs on the street, you can enjoy watching people who walk by.

Ameyoko is located west side of Yamanote JR Railroad and between Ueno and Okachimachi.
When you shop, try to bargain the price. I don't really do it, but if you are tourist, maybe it is worthwhile to get cheaper price and enjoy the negotiation. The people at the shops are energetic and I gained power from them !










Ueno Park



I went to Ueno Park yesterday. Originally a friend of mine submitted her art work ( painting ) to the competition and she won a big award. So, I wanted to see her painting and was so excited to visit the museum. ( Ueno Royal Museum --- in Japanese Ueno no Mori Bijyutsukan )

mmm, I should have checked the opening hours more carefully.
The museum was closed after 2:00 p.m. the reason is they change the exhibit weekly for this competition 's exhibit.....Gee. I need to visit here again. My friend and I sighed and decided to walk in the park and go to Ameyoko. The photo below is Hasu Ike = Lotus Pond. The above is called Shinobazu no Ike.