The weather was going to be a perfect mild sunny fall day, so we decided to take Ellie to the Ueno Zoo.  I had been there by myself during our last trip.  The admission was only 4 bucks.  I figured, how could I not go?  But we never made it to the zoo.  Ellie napped after we ate lunch, and instead, we visited this section by the Ueno station called Ameyayokocho.  It’s a few streets filled with all kinds of shops.  Food markets, shoes, watches, beans, dried fruit, clothes, touristy t-shirts, all kinds of stuff.  I guess this section was popular with the Americans after the war, and that’s how it got it’s name.  It’s a pretty popular area and has a lot of tourists, so I fit right in.

Once Ellie woke up, it was too late to make it to the zoo, so we walked through Ueno Park and looked at a small shrine instead.  They had a memorial for the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings there which I found to be very moving.  There is always a tranquil quality to all the temples and shrines that is very calming to me.  I just kind of want to sit and be quiet, watch, and think.


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