Friday, 31 December 2010

Boat trip, a ndwalk around Asakusa

New Years Eve, and we've decided we need to split the day so we can fit in a nap!  Fatigue is definately starting to hit us big time...

Up, out, and took the boat trip from Tokyo Bay to Asakusa (again) - this time in daylight.  Beautiful sunshine, and just sat aboard, taking things easy - but not for long.  The views were astounding - never seen so many people do so much washing!!  News Years Eve seems to be the day when everyone traditionally cleans, and prepares to have the old year washed out, and the New Year blessed in.

Arrived in Asakusa and took a nice long walk around the area (for approx. 5 hours!).  The Asahi Beer buildings are amazing - not sure what the gold blobby shaped motif is meant to represent though.  Found the Drum Museum - same old story - CLOSED!  Then found another cinema - only Harry Potter showing within the next hour and half - far too long to wait around.  You'd think with the amount of people in the area, they'd be offering slightly more choice that just three films (one of which we'd already seen).  Ended up back in Kitchen Town area, so started to make our way back out again towards a metro.

Having walked as much as our feet would permit; with raw heels we made our way back to the hotel for an afternoon nap and to prepare ourselves for the night ahead.  People were already starting to mass in the Shibuya and Roppongi areas, so we can only imagine what absolute madness it's gonna be later tonight!

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