Japan Trip 2016 Part 3 : Asakusa Temple (Senso-ji) and Seafood Lunch12:19:00 AM
Anyone excited for the next installment of my Japan trip? Here it is :D!!! It's day 2 and we're going to Asakusa Temple (Senjo-ji)!
|Full team of Stella Lee's Kawaii Beauty Japan Tour, photo taken by Stella's mom :D!|
As you've probably already know, Asakusa Temple or Senso-ji is Tokyo's oldest temple and definitely one of the most famous tourist destination there. I think the place's always quite crowded, but it was doubly so when we visited because it happened to be Coming of Age day (seijin no hi)-that's both a blessing and a curse for us. A blessing because we got the chance to see lots and lots of young women wearing kimono (and even a few guys too) around (Stella taught us how to approach them and ask for photos, she basically told us "Kawaii neeee" will go a long way hahaha) and curse because... Well, it was so damn crowded!
|There!!! The famous red lantern!!!|
|Of course, we gotta take 13954254 pics there hahaha|
|I don't have the biggest pair of eyes, but out of the four of us, my eyes are definitely the biggest HAHAHAHA (their eyes got even smaller here because they were fighting the glare of the sun). But you can't see them thanks to my bug-eye glasses :P|
|The street leading to the actual Temple is littered with souvenir and snack shops|
|Stella took us through a quieter alley, possibly to distract us so we wouldn't be tempted to make multiple stop buying interesting things *LOL*, we're going to get some free time after visiting the temple|
|Look at the view, this is when we truly felt that we're in Japan hahaha|
|Look at the number of people single-mindedly heading into the temple|
|Hunny took this pic. I love how he's into details when it comes to photography. He better take good care of his camera in our next visit!!! I expect nice photos! Coz now the rest of the Japan trip posts rely on my crappy photos zzz|
|You see the smoke? Normally when i see smoke, i run away from it (i have hereditary respiratory problems, i stay clear from anything that can prompt an asthma attack!)|
|But this time we actually head to the source (a large cauldron bearing hundreds of inscense) to wave the smoke to our faces and bodies because it's believed to bestow good health, etc|
|Good thing is that most of the visitors are Japanese because Japanese people queue up nicely and they don't shove (unless you're on their way in/out of the MRT *LOL*)|
|I hardly had time to ask Japanese gods for all of my wishes because you can't stay in front for too long when there are hundreds of other people fighting for your spot|
|Okay, so i just made some research and find out that we're supposed to go here BEFORE entering the main hall to purify yourself|
|We didn't know it so we went there afterwards hahaha|
|As we cannot escape from the fact that kiasu Chinese blood runs through our veins, i'm pretty surprised that we didn't get the urge to start bathing there or something|
|Anyway, i'm not gonna ruin my makeup so i settled for washing my hands instead hahaha|
|Of course i had to make hunny snapped this fake candid pic for Instagram...|
Now, if you know me in real life then you'd know that i hate to do stuffs like ask to take photos with celebrities or whatever. It's just that i don't get starstruck and when i see celebrities, i feel mostly nothing *LOLOLOL* (especially if they're Indonesian celebrities WTF). I also don't like to take pictures with them, and i feel degraded when people are shoving me to snap a pic with them like i want it (ahem STB, ahem. Seriously nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. I especially feel idiotic when they make us take "selfie" with the celebrity on stage, you know they huge crowd selfie kind of thing? Just count me out). In short, i'm a snobbish bitch and i guess i know why people who knows me personally immediately peg me as Disgust from Inside Out as my spirit animal (except that Disgust is clearly not an animal).
So, i actually surprised myself when i had the urge to run around chasing Japanese girls in kimonos to snap pics of them WTF. I guess i love being a tourist and a pic proving i was in Japan with real Japanese girls hahahaha.
|So we approached these nice ladies and tried the strategy of basically yelling KAWAIIIII to them, then |
|We decided to chase after this couple because there's finally a guy wearing kimono (and it doesn't hurt that the girl's pretty hahaha)|
Once we're done chasing young women in kimonos like some freaks (seriously, even as i type this i feel a bit embarrassed of myself *LOL*), we.... stuffed ourselves silly!!! There were so many interesting snack stalls there, we just wanted to try everything out! I totally think we spent a small fortune on snacks at Asakusa hahaha.
|Me being me, i wasn't interested in the food per se (like hunny who immediately went to purchase some yummy beef on a stick-which i apparently forgot to take pics of), i was more interested in kawaii looking ones :p|
|Like these pastel colored chocolate dipped-bananas! I was so torn between the pink and the blue WTF|
|For once i actually picked a blue over pink (but there's a pink drizzle too hahaha) :p. It tasted like regular chocolate-covered banana (the most expensive banana i've ever had, basically) but it just made me so happy so it's totally worth it :p|
|Hunny was eyeing the grilled fish next|
|Is it just me or the seller's quite good lookin'?|
|My stupid camera focused on the ground instead of the fish! The fish's quite yum actually, would be much better with a bowl of steaming white rice *LOL*|
|Hunny's in cloud 9, surrounded by all the yummy food hahaha|
|Ok bought these, i think it was some sort of yakisoba?|
|Mitarashi dango, which i am very familiar with because i've seen them thousands of times in comic books/cartoon/anime >.< but i've never tried in real until then. Conclusion : I love dango!!!|
|A booth with uber cute looking lollies. Too bad i couldn't bring any home for my son, they're too cute and delicate i'm sure it'd already be shapeless if i do!|
|The one thing that i was already dying to try since we first saw it on our way in, Alaskan crab (cake)!|
|Biggest crabcakes i've ever seen. Honestly i was never a crabcake person, i hate those fake crabcakes we often find in hotpots, they are just weird tasting and a bit disgusting for me-but i was really intrigued by these|
|And it tasted nothing like those crappy crabcakes i had in the past, probably because it's made of genuine Alaskan crab meat|
|It was juicy and sweet and yummy! I ate most of it coz hunny's not a fan of anything crab-related|
|So many unbelievably cute souvenir cakes!|
|Who wants to eat Hello Kitty?|
|I was getting stuffed, but hunny wouldn't slow down. He was like, we die die must east the Senbei!!!|
|I was more intrested in watching how they make senbeis tho|
|Coz i'm never interested in rice crackers. Oh, except for the sugar covered Wan Wan. Still not a fan of senbei after having an original Japanese Senbei|
|I don't remember what this is -___-...|
|Tiny overpriced green tea mochis... The Obasan was scary tho, we didn't really understand what she was saying but i think we had to eat the mochi inside and we can't wander around bringing it|
|I hate ocha whatever so i just posed with it (i dunno why i looked so pissed off), after seeing this pic... The previous unknown piece of food seems to be some sort of fried mochi???|
While we're at the topic of food, i also snapped a pic of boxed friend rice we had for breakfast but i didn't know how to insert it earlier in this post *LOL*. During the tour, Stella went through the extra miles to take care of us-every morning she'd get us various types of food from a nearby combini. Have i ever told you i have a thing for combini foods? Wherever we go, my go to, easy and cheap food would be from combinis *LOL*, plus they're usually very yummy too (especially Hong Kong and Taiwan's... But that's before i went to Japan, of course). Every night we'd stop by the combini to get some snacks/coffee/drinks/whatever too.
After the free time was over, we met up with the rest of the tour group and guess what's next on the agenda? YEAP. Lunch -___-. I was already so stuffed but ended up having a few bites anyway, Japanese food is a disaster for my diet *LOL*.
|Isn't this store just too cute??|
|This is where we're having our fish lunch!|
|Like most eateries (except if it's a fine dining kind of place, i suppose) in Japan, the place was packed and there were not a lot of space-Stella and her mum had to eat at the bar seat|
|I think there were 4 choices that we could choose from and since there are four of us-we ended up getting one each. These are all tuna i think? Just cooked dfferently|
|Tuna steak-it doesn't look like it's very good, but it was GOOD. And i'm not even a big fan of fish. Oh, and the piece's massive!|
|Eh... Stir fried tuna, i think? I told ya i can never be a food blogger|
|Hunny also bought a gigantic sweet potato nearby the restaurant, forgot to snap pic again zzz|
|Group pic! As you can see, there were quite some colorful hair colors among us, it's pretty easy to spot each other so we don't get lost hahaha!|
I used to whack a whole day of activity in one blog post with like, 200 pics, but i'm more sensible now *LOL*, so i'm going to stop here. Still in day 2, we're going to Tokyo Sky Tree and experience Onsen next! Please stay tuned for Part 4!