What I like about a Japan is that even a stroll around the neighborhood can be very exciting. Everything from the street signs, to the cars, the buildings, and restaurants, everything is very different. I especially love the side streets in the neighborhoods. Everybody seems like they live on a little back alleyway, but they are real two-way streets complete with sidewalks. I don’t believe it until a car comes by and everyone moves.
Aya’s parents live a block away from a shrine and we walk by it every time we go into town. It’s always neat to see this in the middle of the neighborhood. I like the juxtaposition it has to everything around it. Ellie likes to rest here from all the walking on the way home. It’s a nice quiet spot away from the hustle of the city.
We have a pretty good view of the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower from Aya’s parent’s balcony. Every night I see it lit up in the distance and always want to see it up close. Finally, after the kids were asleep, Aya and I were able to scoot out and be gawking tourists for a bit. Of course I bought a mug because I’m a total sucker for a good gift shop. It was great to be out, because tomorrow we are staying in forÂ our very special family Christmas Eve dinner!