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Arashiyama, Kyoto

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments

There were a lot more sakura in Arashiyama than we’d seen in Tokyo and Kyoto.

More sakura!

Togetsukyo Bridge, also known by its more romantic name, “Moon Crossing Bridge.” Mount Arashiyama in the background.

The Hozu River. Mount Arashiyama in the background.

Hozu River Cruise boats.

Togetsukyo Bridge, also known by its more romantic name, “Moon Crossing Bridge.”

I had sakura-flavored soft serve. This may be the same river as above, but was a different bridge.

A street in Arashiyama.

We were looking for a lunch spot. This is one of the places we checked out. A lot of places have these fake food displays to show you what they serve.

I noticed this street vendor selling dried strawberries. He was giving out samples and I had one. It was so good, I bought a bag of them! So sweet, but not sugared. I want some more right now!

We had lunch at a spot that specialized in soba noodles. I had the soup with shrimp tempura.

This was our lunch bill. The only thing we understood was the last line, which meant 2 beers.

This store was selling purses and some other things. I like the building.

A street vendor in Arashiyama. Actually, there were a lot of street vendors selling everything from takoyaki to soft serve to pickles to dumplings. We even saw small whole fish speared on a stake and grilled for sale.

On our second day in Kyoto, we hopped on the JR again and took a short ride to Arashiyama, a district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. This place is a quaint little town and is so pretty. We knew we’d be spending a lot of time in ultra-urban Tokyo, so it was nice to see rivers and bridges and trees and mountains, a more rustic setting. Our main reason for visiting Arashiyama was to see some monkeys (more on that later!) but these are some photos of the town itself, which was also very nice.

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Asahi Beer Hall in Sumida, Tokyo

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments

SO many bikes in Asakusa! And none of them are locked up!

Japan has so many buildings with animals on them. Here a pig…

….here a crab.

I took Dallas, kicking and screaming, up to the 3rd floor to check out Uniqlo. I was looking around a bit and couldn’t find him. He was in the fitting room, trying on clothes!! We visited different locations of Uniqlo 2-3 more times on the trip and Dallas got several shirts!!

Shopping around Asakusa. Dallas likes to speed walk through these streets instead of strolling and looking around, which is pretty annoying.

Crossing the bridge over the Sumida River to check out the Asahi towers.

These buildings are: Sumida City Hall, Tokyo Skytree, Asahi Beer Tower, Asahi Beer Hall.

Asahi Annex, where you can drink and eat.

Looking up at Asahi Beer Hall.

Dallas enjoying his first beer.


The couples behind us were doing a tasting.

We loved this English translation of hamburger: “minced meat cutlet burger.” We spent the rest of the trip describing hamburgers this way! Also? Raugen Hot Dog? Is that supposed to be Reuben?

As we left and started walking to our next destination we got this great view of the Tokyo Skytree.

After lunch we walked around Asakusa a little more. And then off in the distance we saw the golden poo, also known as the golden sperm, also known as Flamme d’Or. This iconic structure tops the Asahi Beer Hall on the east bank of the Sumida River in Sumida, Tokyo. So, across the river we went!

There are two main Asahi buildings. The black building with the golden poo is the Asahi Beer Hall. “The hall is described as a representation of Asahi Super Dry, shaped like a beer glass, with a black granite fa├žade punctuated by a grid of portholes designed to give off the illusion of carbonation. It is topped with the enormous golden Asahi Flame, or Flamme d’Or, which is said to represent both a frothy head, and the yakushin, or “burning heart of Asahi beer” and its employees.” To it’s left is the Asahi Beer Tower. This is the Asahi Brewery‘s head office. This building was “designed to resemble a sudsy mug of beer with its amber-tinted glass window curtain and top frieze of triangular white panels arranged to simulate foam frothing over the roof of the building.” Source.

The beer hall and tower are all corporate offices, I think, but next door is the Asahi Annex. Beer is actually brewed here on the 2nd and 3rd floors so you get the most fresh Asahi possible. This building was four stories tall and had four options for enjoying Asahi beer (and food). There was a more formal beer and cocktail bar on the top floor, a beer restaurant on the 3rd floor, a beer hall on the 2nd and on the ground floor was a beer cafe. We opted for the cafe, called 23 Banchi Cafe, because it seemed the most casual and had outdoor seating. There were many kinds of Asahi beer, but we stuck with Asahi Super Dry and Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold, which is served at -2 Celsius.

While sitting and enjoying the Asahi day, we planned our next moves…

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Nichols Bridgeway

January 4th, 2013 · No Comments

The Nichols Bridgeway was a summer discovery of mine. It links Millennium Park to the Art Institute. So pretty.

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