If I’m not mistaken, we alighted at the Asakusa Station (浅草駅) of the Toei Asakusa Line (都営地下鉄浅草線) and walked for a few minutes to reach this Hannondoori market shopping street. It was a cool February Saturday mid-morning then and the area teemed with people buying stuff or just looking around. This place is already near the Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺) temple.
Took a quick snapshot of the interior of the coach we’re on while on a stop at the underground Iwamotochō Station (岩本町駅) of the Toei Shinjuku Line (都営地下鉄新宿線) in Chiyoda City (千代田区), Tokyo.
One of the landmarks we wanted to see in Tokyo is the Hachikō Memorial Statue (忠犬ハチ公像) in Shibuya City (渋谷). We were based in Honmachi (本町) and heading towards the landmark, we first needed to take the Keio New Line (京王新線) from the Hatsudai Station (初台駅).
Alighting at the sprawling Shinjuku Station (新宿駅), we transferred to the Yamanote Line (山手線), about a 5-minute walk. From the Shinjuku Station, there are stops at Yoyogi (代々木駅) and Harajuku (原宿駅). We got off at the Shibuya Station and took exit No. 8, a.k.a. the Hachikō Exit. The target landmark is just a few meters from the particular train station exit.
Early evening walk at Shinjuku City (新宿区). Photo taken mid-February 2019. We were looking for a place to eat after getting off the Shinjuku Station (新宿駅) and we’ve already walked a few blocks. We were torn between “We want to eat now” and “A few more glimpse of the area” while deciding where to dine.
Because of the lockdown or quarantine (call it what you like), I can only imagine the good food and nice presentation from favorite restaurants that I’m missing. I asked my wife what food place she misses most, and quickly rattled off a couple of Korean barbecue joints in Quezon City.
Anyway, let me post a couple of photos of Japanese food items from a recent travel (several months before this COVID-19 mess). The photos were taken in a small tavern called Minorunchi (みのるん家) and is located in Hatsudai (はつだい), a district in Shibuya (渋谷区). I heard the establishment is permanently closed now though.
Reminiscing and wishing I could visit the country again soon, if I survive the ongoing virus onslaught.