This place is very famous in Akihabara for its super crazy hot but too delicious Mapo Tohfu. This place is always full of people, I think half of people are Chinese people too.
If you would like to taset real Sichuan (super hot) cousine, you must visit this place! Price is very reasonalble, you get 2 piece of fried chiken (kara-age) , salad, dessart, and rice along with your main dish at lunch and cost around 850yen.
Their wonderful spice (I don’t know which pepper they use or anything though) make my body really hot from deep inside…and it is soooo addictive!!!!
Lots of lot of tourists and people at Asakusa usually, especially to the famous Sensouji temple. But where I recommend is this river side, you see not so many people and it is the photo place! (for SKY TREE and Sumida River).
菊すし（Kikusushi) is located nearby Izumi bridge over Kanda River. (3min from Akihabara station’s showadori exit). This place is special that I cannot go to lunch so often. Today, my elder coworker (older but not my boss, he is in different department and he’s like an elder brother, it is called “Sempai” in Japanese…) took me and my friend at work! Yay!
Here are the things we (typical Japanese people, I think…) eat on new year’s day. Because of the space issue, we could not make all OSECHI (Japanese traditional New Year’s day feast) and put them in traditional lunch boxes (ju-bako).
Here are some of the OSECHI and its meanings that I know.
Kobumaki (kelp-roll)昆布巻き：Meaning “joyful”. First words “kobu” sounds the same with “YOROKOBU 喜ぶ(being pleased, feeling happy) ” ‘s KOBU.
Chikuzenni 筑前煮：Wish for “prosperity of decendants” becauuse this dish has all the root vegies like carrots, lotus roots, potatos….
Datemaki 伊達巻：It is kind of rolle egg (sweet), because of its shape is like traditional book (rolled paper), this is for the knowlege and learning..
There are tons of Christmas events in Tokyo…. All I wanted to visit but I had no time to do it being a “working mom”. (Got full-time job and raising a son) My son and I went to two of those christmas (and new year) light ups in Eastern Tokyo. One was at famous SKY TREE and the other was at TAKENOZUKA（竹ノ塚） station and to its park which is located about 1km away from there and called MOTOFUCHIE-parkHikarino Saiten光の祭典.
TOKYO SKY TREE is locate just 5 stations away (15 min by train) and it is just located near by the station, it is so easy for me to take my 3 years old cute monster!! As you know there was aquarium on the 4th floor, we also went there. But be careful, the fee is very expensive, it cost 2,000 yen for adults and 600 yen for over 3 years old. (Ueno zoo doesn’t charge kids under 10 or so… so compared to Ueno part with its size…i would not recommend to go that much…the only reason we go is it is nearest aquarium to our home.)
In the acquarium, the man catching the eel….
Merry Christmas! (it was on Dec 27th though)
Pretty lights ups
He was tired…? I was happy…to go out at night!
Our fun memory of Christmas Eve was surely this event at MOTOFUCHIE-park at TAKENOZUKA (竹ノ塚）station. I believe this event is not known so much in Tokyo, but locally, it is pretty famous. I have known this almost 10 years but I never intended to visit because TAKEOZUKA is not in the central Tokyo and it closer to SAITAMA pref. You know Japanese people tend to like to go to central Tokyo whenever they have events like Christmas. This year, we were supposed to go to GINZA area (like 5th ave in Manhattan) to see the lights ups but my mom got sick and she couldn’t come. Instead, we chose to go to the nearest lights ups, and that was this place. But it turned out fantastic for kids!! I think we might visit again next year on Christmas eve.
TAKENOZUKA station: 12 statioin away (30min)from Asakusa by TOBU Sky tree line
But I really don’t think it would be things to see……except this event….Trust me I live in Adachi-ward (same ward) for 30 years and Adachi-ward doesn’t have much sightseeing spot exept…Public bath!!Sento!!(銭湯) I will get to that later!