October 4th, 2015

Yes, I am in Japan again.

Have seen some shrine places

Ueno Koen



Have eaten some supersized gyoza (note nearly same size as normal sized beer bottle)

gyoza combo



Have gone to Ultra shopping mall

Skytree Mall



A place with a couple of department stores and then hundreds of shops dedicated to relics of Japanese culture (only photo of one but believe me, if a anime or manga exists for the character, they are represented in this mall).  Making this post I realize that there are Hello Kitty stores in the US but this is only about one quarter of this store.  I should have chosen a more rare example to photo but honestly, as I walked along the mall my brain clouded and I fled.

Hello Kitty


nano nano


nano nano


nano nano


nano nano


nano nano



Icon past


Maneki Neko



Icon present (which represents the evolution of Japanese integration of English -- from Tokyo Tower to Tokyo SkyTree)


SkyTree


SkyTree



The pilgrimage continues....