Asakusa, the place that many tourist would go to if they ever visit Tokyo. Asakusa has been the center of Tokyo’s entertainment district for a long long time although now the center of Tokyo’s entertainment has been switch to places such as Shibuya & Shinjuku but still Asakusa hasn’t past glory. Everyday thousands & millions of people flocked Asakusa street taking pictures Kaminarimon, searching for souvenirs, hunting for food, there’s even theaters whereby shows such as Rakugo & so on is being perform.
The most famous landmark in Asakusa is non other than the Kaminarimon, the big lantern hanging in the middle of the tori. Behind the lantern is a stretch of shaopping street called the ‘Nakamise-dori’. The street is about 250m long and has around 90 shops selling souvenirs and street food.
Other than foods there are also plenty of shopping malls and shopping street to explore, kimono rental shops are also available in Asakusa..rent a kimono and walk around the area and if time allows, there’s even rickshaw where tourist are able to ride on. There is also a amusement park which is claimed to be the oldest one.
I like to just walk around Asakusa doing nothing and other than taking pictures here and there. The morning Asakusa are lively and filled with people, sometimes there’s so many people that I literally hate to walk passed by but during night the area becomes quiet, a total opposite of how it’s like during day time.
There was this one day I remembered I was on my way to buy my dinner and it was around 8pm. I was thinking that maybe I should just use the shortcut route instead of using the main road. The short cut route is so dark and so quite. Half way thru the street 4-5 drunk uncle came from the opposite way, one of them was saying “hey..that girl’s cute” to his other friends and trying to block to my way. I was really afraid I didn’t know if I should run or what so I just walk quietly as if I don’t know what they were talking about. Lucky enough the others uncle looked at me and said “nah..she’s not cute at all” and I run straight to the main road.
Ever since that day onwards I never use the short cut anymore during night time and I would always return home before 8pm and not coming out after that unless I’m with my friend.
Another thing that surprises me was that there’s homeless people in the street during night time. There was one uncle whom I saw was sitting at the side of the street eating leftover food from the bin (my heart kind of hurts when I saw the uncle & I was on my way to buy my meal..I ended up not eating anything at all that night) and there’s another uncle who only comes back to sleep in front my share house building every night but nowhere to be seen during day time.
Asakusa can be a very crowded, happening and safety place during day time but it’s not always the same during night time and I think that girls should never walk alone in the small street during night time if it is not needed.