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At the "Anrakutei", izakaya tavern extraordinaire in Oku Asakusa (i.e. the area behind Sensoji) with some good friends: a great platter of sashimi   including a wonderful hiragai (fan mussel). 1/3 #Asakusa, #Oku, #Anrakutei, #sashimi, #hiragai November 27, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

At the "Anrakutei", izakaya tavern extraordinaire in Oku Asakusa (i. the area behind Sensoji) with some good friends: a great platter of sashimi including a wonderful hiragai (fan mussel). November 2014 © Grigoris A.

As usual here are our choices for the afternoon: matcha green tea with a side order of anko (sweet red beans) gyuhi mochi and of anzu apricot. Standard fare for Asakusa's kissaten/café so also part of "Bunshichi's" menu. 4/5 #Asakusa, "Bunshichi", #kissaten, #café, #matcha, #gyuhi, #mochi, #anzu 4/6 March 13, 2016 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

As usual here are our choices for the afternoon: matcha green tea with a side order of anko (sweet red beans) gyuhi mochi and of anzu apricot. Standard fare for Asakusa's kissaten/café so also part of "Bunshichi's" menu. 4/5 #Asakusa, "Bunshichi", #kissaten, #café, #matcha, #gyuhi, #mochi, #anzu 4/6 March 13, 2016 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Magurobito 3/4 From "Magurobito's" menu: shabu-shabu salmon with a touch of miso -delicious! #Asakusa, #Kamiarimon, #Magurobito, #sushi, #salmon, #miso March, 14 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Magurobito From "Magurobito's" menu: shabu-shabu salmon with a touch of miso -delicious! March, 14 2015 © Grigoris A.

Masunobu-san is storing some of the finished kumade while Matsushita-san explains some details about the talismans featured. #Asakusa, #Kumade, #Matsushita, #oban 6/7 October 19, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Masunobu-san is storing some of the finished kumade while Matsushita-san explains some details about the talismans featured. October 2014 © Grigoris A.

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri parade 3/17 Then there is the Binzasara crew: binzasara is a Sensoji dance tradition going back to the Edo times. #Asakusa, #Sanja, #Matsuri, #parade #binzasara Taken on May 16, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri parade Then there is the Binzasara crew: binzasara is a Sensoji dance tradition going back to the Edo times. Taken on May © Grigoris A.

Asakusa Tori no Ichi 1/2 With only a few hours remaining until the opening of this year's Tori no Ichi festival, the stalls at the Otori Jinja shrine (http://www.otorisama.or.jp/) are getting filled with kumade -this one is, of course, from Matsushita Shoten, one of the two kumade makers being designated "master craftsmen" (or "Takumi") from the Taito Ward. #Asakusa, #kumade, #Matsushita, #Otori, #Jinja, #Tori, #Ichi November 8, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tori no Ichi 1/2 With only a few hours remaining until the opening of this year's Tori no Ichi festival, the stalls at the Otori Jinja shrine (http://www.otorisama.or.jp/) are getting filled with kumade -this one is, of course, from Matsushita Shoten, one of the two kumade makers being designated "master craftsmen" (or "Takumi") from the Taito Ward. #Asakusa, #kumade, #Matsushita, #Otori, #Jinja, #Tori, #Ichi November 8, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

A peach tart from the Asakusa Matsuya department store is a delicious way to cap your night out: unfortunately the dessert options in traditional eateries like the Sansada tempura-ya are rather limited. #Asakusa, #Matsuya, #peach, #tart October 8, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

A peach tart from the Asakusa Matsuya department store is a delicious way to cap your night out: unfortunately the dessert options in traditional eateries like the Sansada tempura-ya are rather limited. October 2014 © Grigoris A.

Asakusa Yoroiya 7/7 Still make sure to leave some room for these king-size chicken gyoza -yes, three are plenty! #Asakusa, #ramen, #Yoroiya, #gyoza July 3, 2016 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Yoroiya Still make sure to leave some room for these king-size chicken gyoza -yes, three are plenty! July 2016 © Grigoris A.

Another Matsushita kumade waiting to be completed; it also features the trademarked hyogi hinoki cypress fan, but lots of other objects/talismans will be added later. You can already see a kabuto samurai helmet, the Sichifukujin (seven gods of fortune), the tawara straw bales, the tai red seabream and the kame turtle. In the back, a poster for a previous Tori-no-Ichi fair. #Asakusa, #Kumade, #Matsushita, #hyogi 3/7 October 19, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Another Matsushita kumade waiting to be completed; it also features the trademarked hyogi hinoki cypress fan, but lots of other objects/talismans will be added later. You can already see a kabuto samurai helmet, the Sichifukujin (seven gods of fortune), the tawara straw bales, the tai red seabream and the kame turtle. In the back, a poster for a previous Tori-no-Ichi fair. #Asakusa, #Kumade, #Matsushita, #hyogi 3/7 October 19, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Kamiya Bar's (www.kamiya-bar.com/) "Denki Bran" ("electric brandy") in all its chilled glory. Born in Asakusa, Kamiya's bitter-sweet, smooth signature concoction of wine, gin and brandy owes its name to an era (1882) when electricity was the symbol of everything new and exciting. #Asakusa, #Kamiya #Bar #Denki #Bran Taken on May 4, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Kamiya Bar's (www.kamiya-bar.com/) "Denki Bran" ("electric brandy") in all its chilled glory. Born in Asakusa, Kamiya's bitter-sweet, smooth signature concoction of wine, gin and brandy owes its name to an era (1882) when electricity was the symbol of everything new and exciting. #Asakusa, #Kamiya #Bar #Denki #Bran Taken on May 4, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Samboa Bar Asakusa 3/4 "Samboa's" whisky collection is simply staggering. We went for the 1996 Owner's Cask, a single cask single malt bottled by Suntory just for the bar. (Believe it or not, this one was on the rocks, served over one perfectly spotless piece of handmade ice.) #Asakusa, #Samboa, #bar, #whisky, #single, #malt, #cask, #ice ©2015 Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Samboa Bar Asakusa 3/4 "Samboa's" whisky collection is simply staggering. We went for the 1996 Owner's Cask, a single cask single malt bottled by Suntory just for the bar. (Believe it or not, this one was on the rocks, served over one perfectly spotless piece of handmade ice.) #Asakusa, #Samboa, #bar, #whisky, #single, #malt, #cask, #ice ©2015 Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Oku Asakusa "Benten" soba-ya 7/13 After the kamoyaki came another "Benten" spcialty: big kaki oysters cooked in a wonderful sauce -most people eat them fried (or "kaki-frai") but "Benten's" version was much, much better!  #Asakusa, #Sensoji, #Oku, #Benten, #soba, #kaki, #oyster, #tsumami December 7, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Oku Asakusa "Benten" soba-ya After the kamoyaki came another "Benten" spcialty: big kaki oysters cooked in a wonderful sauce -most people eat them fried (or "kaki-frai") but "Benten's" version was much, much better! December 2014 © Grigoris A.

Preparations for Asakusa's big event, Sanja Matsuri 1/2: the special chochin lanterns -here in a East-meets-the-West moment. #Asakusa, #Sanja, #Matsuri, #chochin May 3, 2016 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Preparations for Asakusa's big event, Sanja Matsuri the special chochin lanterns -here in a East-meets-the-West moment. May 2016 © Grigoris A.

Tokyo Fire Department Memorial in Asakusa 3/20. In the center there is the Golden Matoi, symbol of all hikeshi/firemen groups and guarded by one of their members. Next to it are the actual memorial tablets for the dead firemen -this is the reason the ceremony is performed here. #Asakusa, #firemen, #hikeshi, #memorial, #matoi Taken on May 25, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Tokyo Fire Department Memorial in Asakusa 3/20. In the center there is the Golden Matoi, symbol of all hikeshi/firemen groups and guarded by one of their members. Next to it are the actual memorial tablets for the dead firemen -this is the reason the ceremony is performed here. #Asakusa, #firemen, #hikeshi, #memorial, #matoi Taken on May 25, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

One more Asakusa-related building model from the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku (http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/). This one is of the original "Denkikan" (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/196047390004008593/) back in the early 20th century, when it was Japan's first cinema and the Rokku district, Tokyo's top entertainment area #Asakusa, #Denkikan, #Ryogoku, #museum November 15, 2012 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

One more Asakusa-related building model from the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku (http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/). This one is of the original "Denkikan" (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/196047390004008593/) back in the early 20th century, when it was Japan's first cinema and the Rokku district, Tokyo's top entertainment area #Asakusa, #Denkikan, #Ryogoku, #museum November 15, 2012 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

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