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2007/08/11 Ameyoko street market, Tokudai-ji, Tokyo

A weekend — after the ISSS meeting, and before the Rendez meeting — provided a few additional days for sightseeing. G.A. hadn’t had much of a chance to see Tokyo. We went up to Ameyoko — up near Ueno Station — to stroll through the street market. We found a fish-and-rice restaurant where English isn’t spoken, and had to point at photographs on the menu.

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We started at the south entry of the Ameyoko street market. This end seemed to have more clothing stores.

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The market is a network of shopping streets, both north-south and east-west.

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In the middle of the market, we found the Tokudai-ji. It seems true that it doesn’t take much to find a temple in Tokyo. Just turn around the next corner.

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At the top of the stairs, the stone lion to the left had a few features painted in.

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The lion to the right was also painted, exhibiting a slightly different personality.

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Continuing to the right of the front entry were statues, presumably of the founders / sponsors of the temple.

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This temple was similar in structure to others we’ve seen: centre altar, with smaller altars to the left and right.

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Continuing on the shopping streets northward, the number of food stalls increased. Pineapple on a stick is popular, in hot weather.

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The dried fish market had a good selection, but doesn’t attract a similar interest by children.

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The north gate of the shopping street is marked with an arch.

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Exiting the Ameyoko street, the intersection at Ueno station is prominent. It’s not a pretty area.

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This area of town doesn’t offer many tourist attractions per se. It seems to be much more of a local neighbourhood, where people live — and probably board trains or subways to go to work.

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