This is a traditional inexpensive Japanese accommodation located a little away from central Tokyo. The rooms are generously sized and bright. They smell of old wood and everything looks older than my age multiplied two or three times. And I love it here.
A Ryokan is a traditional style Japanese Inn. Ryokans vary from more modern to more traditional, from luxurious to inexpensive. Other forms of Japanese accommodation are Minshukus and Shukubos. Minshukus are small wooden houses with small rooms that provide a more homey experience. Shukubos are accommodation located inside Japanese temples.
You wear only underwear under your Yukata. You must wear the right side of the robe over the body and the left side over the right side. The other way around is used for dressing the deceased.
Later in the day I was wondering around Oidaba, the artificial island of Tokyo. It was incredibly windy because of a weak typhoon crossing Japan that day. But during the short time I was there I found a curious looking entrance to a shop that turned out to be a cat café.
A Cat Café is not a café inhabited by cats, but instead a big cat house that serves you coffee. You buy your beverage when you enter and are allowed to stay for an hour.
Trip back to Asakusa
From Odaiba I took the JR Train and the Tokyo Metro to Asakusa. That train ride is phenomenal, and the train is self-driven, so you can site at the very front of the carriage. Once in Asakusa, I visited the Sensoji Temple and wondered in the local market.
Breathing the smoke from this incense burner is said to purify you. It is also said that getting it on your head will make you cleverer.
I met Kana and Yoko when they left work, just before night fell. We walked around the area, before meeting others to go up the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building and enjoy the view.
Entrance of the Kabukiza theater in Ginza, the main theater for the traditional style Japanese dance-drama kabuki.
A collection of lucky charms to be bought and placed inside an amulet.