And Kappobashi Dori, and other stuff...
21.01.2012 - 21.01.2012 -1 °C
Back home we are quickly to bed and I get my best night’s sleep yet, through to 8am. Today is colder than yesterday, drizzly but no snow. After brekky we catch the first Asakusa Panda bus of the day. We are only going a short distance, but the Panda bus route first does a loop across to the Sky Tree, then past Asahi’s Golden Sperm and back to closer to where we wanted to be. Yes,it may have been quicker to walk, but that isn’t the point is it?We head over to Kappobashi Dori, the restaurant supply street. L is lusting after a lot of things here and we spend a good hour and a half here, stopping only for a loo break in the local park. It is okay for G and I, but a pitiful yelp comes from the ladies as L’s derriere reaches the ice cold seat... We have finished here and great self control has seen us limited to a few ceramic pieces.
At this point the cold overcomes, and we head back to Ueno station and the warmth of a hot chocolate (much cheaper than on Ginza) After we have recovered, the group splits up. L is heading to Fabric Town on Nippori Chuo Dori. G and I head back to Akiba.
G finds another Nerf gun, and I may have located two extra things I want to get here too. But we are not buying anything yet – the deal is that we come back on the way back to Haneda at the end of the trip. This way at least I don’t have to carry a whole lotta stuff around. We head back to the hotel to rest up and warm up until we get to meet up with L.
We meet up outside one of the Unagi restaurants but it is booked out, and rather than let us wander around looking for another place G says, right we are going next door and marches in. It is a place with your own little hotplate in the table. We have a stilted conversation about what to order and do, but with some encouragement from other diners, we get our own okonomiyaki going and do three courses along with atkasan – hot sake! It is a lot of fun and we should listen to G more often.
L has had good fun with several hours in Fabric Town not enough for her to cover a fraction of what she would like – no doubt if she were to return there would be a solid day spent there. We get to see her enthusiastic purchases – a wide selection of fabrics and trims, and so little time...