DAY 9: Asakusa Revisited
Because we had such a great time in Asakusa last year, Ian was interested in revisiting for some people watching. It was less sunny than the last time we went which I think changed the mood of the visit to a certain degree. We were interested in checking out the streets we didn't go down previously. We had hoped to get lunch at Suki 6 Diner, a restaurant that looks like it's trying to be Portland, but being a Monday, it was closed. :( We ended up grabbing a Katsudon lunch in a traditional style restaurant that had been there for more years than I can remember at this moment. Then we wandered the streets and enjoyed the scenery of people, though avoiding the gaze of any monks as the year before we were conned into buying prayer bracelets. Essentially, these 'monks' hand you a wooden beaded bracelet and then ask for a donation. I recall thinking it probably wasn't worth much so I offered 200 yen, to which they insisted I pay at least 1000 yen. So, naturally, we avoided that scheme any time we were approached.
We then hopped over to the Skytree since we both wanted to see the new items at the Studio Ghibli shop. I also maybe spent a good 20 minutes in the character shop as well. Can't be helped. We bounced back to Asakusa main area and grabbed dinner at a yakitori restaurant we discovered last year. Ian had not wanted to go in last year, but I insisted it looked good, and sure enough it was. We returned right when they opened at around 6pm and the lady said she recalled us from our visit a year ago. As we had hoped, it was super yummy. We headed back to our sharehouse and on the way were struck by a hailstorm. Luckily we are smart and brought both the Sailor Moon umbrellas Ian had purchased for me for Christmas. As we ran down the street, the lady who owned the fruit shop thought our matching umbrellas were adorable. The hail was actually pretty heavy and the stones were pretty big actually. Once the storm had passed we took a stroll around the neighborhood before turning in for the night.