since yesterday was like this
and all I was doing was running around in circles because I couldn’t make out the direction with the snowfall getting heavier… and finally had wet feet and icy fingers *thanks god for the umbrella borrowed in the morning* and just went to take a hot shower and kind of early to sleep – there isn’t much to talk about
so I am skipping right into TODAY! so much to talk about (and yes day 3 has to wait again… ;P)
I gave myself a week to get accustomed to the left-side-driving and -walking and finally I decided to grant my feet some rest – and borrowed a bicycle (points back at the posts title)
the weather you ask? Sunny, ok not completely sunny… but nice, no rain, no snow – spring-like driving around with bicycle weather
I really wouldn’t wanted to be a cyr-driver in this city… people riding their 自転車 in a plain weird and nonsensical way – and there I thought Berlin is a city with no rules for bikes ^^;;;
b/w it’s so cheap! much more cheaper than using the metro or trains
I guess I covered half of the cities eastern and southern part:
from Asakusa –> following the Sumida Gawa –> passing by Tsukiji (the fish-market – no visit, I’ll spare this experience for another day) and Hamarikyu-Koen(a beautiful garden right next to Tokyo Bay – I will come here again with a water-bus from Asakusa) –> my first aim was the Shinagawa-Ura, an area with house boats, tiny "normal" houses and roads which are more like narrow alleys, you can still see the old traces of the former fishermens-town, it felt like a completely other city (if there weren’t the skyscrapers in the background) –> this was my visit to the south –> I went back from Shinagawa-ku to Minato-ku and took a stroll around the main-building of Keio University (one of the most famous privat Universities of Japan, maybe THE most famous?!) –> did a really useless detour over the hills of Moto-Azabu just to change direction to south again because I also wanted to see Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park in Hiroo –> after this north again –> now going up the Meji-Dori to Shibuya Station –> from there following the roads to Akasaka –> took a look at the National Diet Building and finally had a late Bento with green tee in a park right next to it with a beautiful view down to te greens of the Imperial Palace and the Sakuradamon (one of the entries) –> Ginza to take a pic of a certain bar –> then north-east direction crossing the Sumida Gawa at Eitabashi –> straight north following the river to the Basho Museum, but I couldn’t find anybody to let me in, so I just enjoyed the perfect little garden with it’s artificial hill, small waterfall and intense greenery before I rode my yellow little friend again for the last few kilometers back to Asakusa, not without taking a look at the Sumo-Museum (closed at the moment due to some serious trouble involving illegal betting, underworld and swindle – also the reason the annual spring tournament got cancelled (for those who are interested: an older article), it’s even worse now…) –> and finally back to hostel –> bringing back the bike, taking a little stroll to cool down again, buying some groceries, preparing a healthy and oishii meal (rice, japanese mountain vegetables, tofu) and now typing (for already an hour and still not decided on the pics >_<)
this days photo-spam themes: water, houses, whut?
ehm – yeah, water – house – whut?!
no water but eh? I love this city!!
my yellow little friend – isn’t he adorable? I wasn’t creative enough to find a name for him, but at least a gender and some love (in front of Hamarikyu-Koen)
the house was exactly wide enough for parking spaces on the ground-floor…
Canal around Tennozu-Isle
Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park
Bento-break (food’s still in my bag)
Tenessee Walz (just for you my dear – YAY for stalker-skills!)
This gentleman was running in such a hurry – all blurry… he left the Basho-Museum the moment I entered the ground
I am pretty sure this is one of those restaurants many former Sumo-wrestlers open after retiring
ok, last pic – it’s a riddle – what was I taking a picture of here? who’s got it right is getting a virtual panda-shaped cookie