Tag Archives: Asakusa

September 09

Shocked Socks

Saw these the last time I was in Asakusa. Had to laugh! If you’d like to visit the Asakusa area the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. • Read a novel set in Tokyo    

April 11

The Ultimate Secret Garden

Behind the long, boring building mostly known for blocking views of the pagoda at Senso-ji is the secret garden of Denpo-in. Within those walls is a serene retreat used by the priests for meditation, closed to the public except for a few days each year. But if you’re in Tokyo right now, woo hoo, it’s […]

February 08

Funeral For A Pin

In Japan, February 8th is the day that old and broken needles are laid to rest. Anyone whose work involves sewing stuff together gathers at Awashima Shrine in Asakusa for a requiem service to thank their old needles and pins for good and faithful service. During the harikuyo memorial service, seamstresses, tailors, shoemakers, and milliners approach […]

January 28

Pet Humiliation Made Easy

Children old enough to have any self-respect whatsoever can be annoyingly uncooperative when it comes to putting them in little curly horned wigs, but dogs and cats can often be bent to your evil will. In Japan, the phenomenon of costumed animals has been taken to a whole new level. In every neighborhood, boutiques like […]