Wednesday, 22 February 2012

On The Run - Asakusa

Do read my previous "On The Run" post too after finishing this. I had Yokohama, Yufuin and Takamatsu (Day I & II) posted up earlier.

In Asakusa, I had the luxury of starting my later in the morning as we would be out for sightseeing at 10.00am so I decided to only go out at 7.00am, after the sun was already shining and the day was bright and clear.
 
Kaminarimon in the early morning, sans hordes of tourists. One of my favourite time to hang out there, other than in the evening while viewing the illuminated temple.
At Azumabashi, a bit early for tourists to be up and about so bridge was devoid of pedestrians.
 Ran upriver and I took a look back and this is what I saw. The lovely Tokyo Sky Tree.

I wasn't sure how far I would go or where I'd end up to but I stayed by the river, making a straight run with no diversion anywhere. No left or right turn this time. In this back alley, there is actually distance marker so it is really helpful to gauge the distance for those without a running watch. I wasn't sure where I would head to, but I saw a few runners passing by so I decided to follow them (and get totally left in the dust by them soon after) *pant pant*
I ran up to this bridge and decided to run cross it rather than keeping on straight ahead. I told Rurousha that the bridge I saw was bluish. Dunno how I got that. This bridge is definitely not bluish, as you can see. ^^!
The view while running downriver.
In case you didn't know what river I was running beside.
Ran past a tent village(?) With allocated slots and what looks like permanent wooden structure there too.
Saw boats chugging by
Crossed Azumabashi and decided that I needed to run some more, so continued my run toward Kaminarimon and back to the hotel. Still feeling it wasn't enough as I took running breaks for a few days, I ran past our hotel and continued until I made a one hour run. Good thing I didn't get lost that day! ;p
People bustling - rushing to work and kids to school. Such a lovely, normal everyday sight. ^^

Running by the Sumida river was completely an enjoyable experience for me. I ran my fastest pace there and felt like I can go on and on, if not for the time constraints. I wanted to do another run the next day before taking our flight back home but finally decided against it because I didn't want to aggravate that cute blister of mine. I'm kicking myself now for being lazy! I should've done another run there!

44 comments:

  1. Aku suka the nice trees and water and lovely pixz.

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    1. Thanks Bananaz.

      See you commenting now, so eyes are all better? That's good news. :)

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  2. Asakusa! Tokyo Sky Tree! Kaminarimon! Happy! ^^

    Aha, that's Shirahigebashi (白鬚橋). It means white beard/moustache bridge. Coz, you see, it's white. Not blue. White. :D

    You subconsciously deliberately didn't do another run so that you have yet another excuse to come back. So says Sigmund Freud.

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    1. I was thinking of you when I did this post. ^^

      Aaaah... so this is Shirahigebashi. So, where's Sakurabashi? Further up?

      Anyway, interesting name. It is called Shirahigebashi called Shirahigebashi? I need story! ;p

      Says Freud eh? Have a comfy sofa? We should totally psychoanalyse this. ;p

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    2. I'm pretty sure Sakurabashi is the bridge just above the text "The view while running downriver." but I'd have to double check my photos but have no time now. 99% sure though. :D

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    3. Dru, you're right, it is!

      Lina, why do you always ask why? :D We should psychoanalyse that, too!

      PS: A post (or series?) about the Sumida's bridges, and The Hero says I should do a series about the Yamanote's stations. Hmmm. Hmmm.

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    4. @Dru,
      So Sakurabashi is between Azumabashi and Shirahigebashi? OK, noted. ^^

      @Rurousha,
      Why? Or maybe I should adopt the 5 Ws instead and broaden the scope of my questions. Yes? ^^

      And oh! oh! oh! There should totally be a Sumida River bridges series! I was looking for info on Shirahigebashi yesterday and found way too many interesting info (not complete so I'm counting on you!) about the bridges there.

      I should've taken more interest in bridges when we visited last year!

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    5. BTW, the blue is Komagatabashi right?

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    6. Yup, the blue one is Komagatabashi.

      My New Year's Walking Resolution is supposed to be to focus on Tokyo's rivers, but the very cold winter has put that idea on ice. :) Come spring, though, and I fully intend to walk past/over all 26 bridges from the New Kamiya Bridge in Adachi to the Kachidoki Bridge in Chuo. That's about 26 km. It might take me 26 years, but I can at least start this year, ne?

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    7. 26 years in a bug's life, you mean? At the rate you are walking, I bet you can do it over the weekend! Just don't forget to pack some energy food - and by that I mean chocolates! :)

      My 2014 Japan trip resolution should be to cover all bridges in Tokyo in one single run. You think its doable? You are welcome to join me. I tend to get lost a lot.

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    8. I will come with you on your Bridges Marathon if you pull me in a pink lanca. :D

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    9. Only if its decked all over with pink Hello Kitty! LOL

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    10. A Sumida River bridge marathon sounds nice. Just make sure you go on the correct side of the walk or you'll end up going up and down steps and crossing streets with lights. Not sure on the area north of Asakusa though...

      And the Yamanote Line idea can easily be done in a day. I know a lot of people who have done it.

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    11. I'm open for a few trial and error runs. ;p Anyone joining? ^^

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  3. I haven't been to that part of Tokyo yet. There is never enough time to do everything on the itinerary.

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    1. There's always next time, right?

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  4. Nice post, made me think about the days I used to run. I'm so unfit now I think it would be hard to get back. But then, being lazy doesn't give good memories, like you say.

    I love it in the early morning, when its sunny. Usually my favourite time.

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    1. It may be hard at first to get the butt in shape again (my butt is still a looooong way to go to be in shape) but never say never! ;p

      Sunny mornings in cold season - I love. My favourite weekend mornings here in Kuala Lumpur would be one that drizzle. I love to run in the drizzle! ^^

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  5. I felt you shoud attend Tokyo Marathon at 26th in this month.

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    1. The Tokyo Marathon is a really popular race and runners have to get the lottery to be able to enter. A few of my countrymen will be flying over to run it though! And I wish them all the best! :)

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  6. Do you know Shirahige-bridge(白髭橋) was built 100 years ago? It's very historical bridge. :)

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    1. That is very interesting! I would love to learn more about the bridge's history.

      Is this the same bridge as the one in Kawase Hasui's 1920 12 subjects of Tokyo : Snow at Shirahige Bridge?

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  7. Looks like a nice run. Wish I could wake up that early for a run but with my internal clock, it won't happen. :)

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    1. It was indeed! Nothing beats running and feeling the cool air against my face. ^^

      Anyway, 7am isn't exactly early. xD

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    2. It is when you are going to sleep between 2-3am. :P

      Wish I could switch my schedule a bit though.

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    3. OMG! It's been ages since I last sleep at that time. It's by midnight for me and wake-up time is 5.30am. The price one pays for having school-going kid, I suppose. ;p

      Enjoy that schedule while you still can! LOL

      p.s. It makes great training for any sleepless nights in the future, if you plan to change diapers. ;p

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    4. I actually don't enjoy this schedule. Work ends at 10pm on weekdays for me. I'd like to sleep a bit earlier and wake up so I can go for a run. I actually would prefer just more sleep. :D

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    5. I'd go for more sleep myself too. :)

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  8. Walking underneath the giant lantern in Asakusa can be rather depressing, huh?
    Macam nak jatuh lah~

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    1. Why? I find it kinda fun walking beneath the giant lanterns. ;p

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  9. How come these days I don't need to verify any words huh?
    Like that best huh, so senang!

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    1. I can barely read the new word verification at other blogs... might as well do without it here. Less hassle. No? ;)

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    2. You can change your platform to Wordpress.
      You only need to approve people one time.
      Then the system will remember this, and you don't have to worry about spams.

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    3. You know... I used to have a blog with Wordpress.

      But Wordpress cannot put ad lah. And I do have a LOT of ads littered in my blogs, if you notice. ^^!

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  10. Some great pictures and its amazing how inspirational scenery can be to motivate you further :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. Running in different places and scenery is a bonus to running. :)

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  11. Wow,embedded in such beautiful scenery and chilling atmosphere, bet you are the healthiest among us!;D

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    1. I doubt it. There are plenty of active people here. They just never talk so much about it like I do. ;p

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  12. It is interesting how the bridge is called - "white hair bridge" @u@

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    1. It sure is! And I'm very interested to know the origin of the name! I hope someone can shed some light on it.

      psssttt... by someone - Rurousha, that means you, by the way. ;p

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    2. I'm Hercule Poirot? Or rather, since this is Japan, after all, Kindaichi Kousuke? :D I'm curious enough myself to follow up, but patience, please, patience.

      PS: Why are you a marathon runner? You're too impatient to be a marathon runner. You should've been a sprinter!

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    3. Well, I can't say you are a Ms Marple, can I? Not until you are 98! xD

      The only Japanese detective I know is Conan Edogawa a.k.a Shinichi Kudo. heh

      Patience as a virtue is so overrated in this day and age of technology and immediate gratification my dear.

      You know, that's why I run (or try to) run long distance. It help me calm down and not be jittery with too much energy. And why the heck is Zaini so supportive? Because I am a much calmer person doing it. Maybe I should go out and run a bit while I wait for your report. One hour enough? That's how much trust I have in you. ^^

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