Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Shitamachi Randomness

I promised a Shikoku post (or a series of posts) but if you have been reading this blog long enough, you'd know that I "suffered" from short-term memory loss occassionally and forgot to keep my promise. That Shikoku post(s) will be here. Soon. Sometime soon. I promise. I think. Just come and visit anyway. heh

I figured I'd post up a bit on my beloved "shitamachi" before embarking on a trip to the fourth largest island in Japan. I miss the shitamachi. Wouldn't you?
Amidst concrete and pre-fab buildings, we stumbled upon this shop. I wish I'd taken a proper photo of it but the obachan whom I assumed is the owner was standing in front of it and I was scared I got shooed away with a broom! Obachan can be scary, you know. LOL
One of the shop's neighbours wares. Cheap toys for sale. In bulk. Reminds me of Petaling Street. Who needs big department stores?
Found in the street of Kappabashi, selling what else? Kitchen items. Ceramics shop and a stainless steel pots & pans (among other things) shop. No Cap Buaya/Zebra pots here, ah? kikiki

We wanted to buy a takoyaki mould but decided against it. We flew by AirAsia, remember? Need to pay for all that luggage too! Ain't worth it... yet.
I just like the bus hence the shot of it here.
Errr... an arch?
Ready for dinner, anyone?
Drink & be merry! The stall wasn't that deserted... we were there a tad too early to have the place brimming with after office hours patrons.

Let me loose at a trendy street in Japan and I'll be ill at ease.

Put me in a crowded street and I'll have a massive headache.

But let me wander around the shitamachi that Rurousha loves so much too (psst.... I'm so jealous that she gets to enjoy the shitamachi every day) and I'll be a happy camper.

26 comments:

  1. It's so interesting to observe daily life in Japan. I love those lanterns.

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    1. It really is. ^^

      Yeah, I like those lanterns too. Maybe a post where I can post up all the lantern photos be nice? ;p

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  2. I would probably buy lots of the Japanese ceramics, I just love them! :P

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    1. You buy the Noritake one lah, ECL! :p

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  3. I like such places. Obachan is nice person for shitamachi. She always laughs and like talking with many people.

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    1. Not meaning to ruffle any feathers - but we've met certain obachan in the shitamachi who would look at us suspiciously but will thaw afterwards, usually after this conversation:
      "Chugoku desu ka" obachan asks
      "Iie. Maresia jin desu. Maresia kara desu" I answer.
      Happens... A LOT even in Asakusa.

      But yes, most of them are friendly. When my son was smaller, I'd have obachan chatting up with me about their grandsons(or grandchildren) while walking along the streets. :)

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  4. Interesting bus out there...

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    1. Quite a number of cute buses plying the Asakusa route. ^^

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  5. Shitamachi! Yay! A shitamachi post! Happy! (☆^ー^☆)

    I know that ceramics shop in Kappabashi. It looked considerably emptier after I took my niece there! :D

    Obachan are very protective ... of their shops, but fortunately also of their customers. Once you get to know them, you'll never leave their shops without a little present. If you're accompanied by a sweetie pie like Raimie, the obachan will defrost within one minute, as you discovered yourself! ^^

    Those last three paragraphs about trendy streets and crowded streets and shitamachi alleys? YES! I vote for Lina for president! :D

    More shitamachi stories, please!

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    1. I posted this post with one person in mind. ^^

      Obachan are friendlier when Raimie tagged along, that's for sure. Well behaved cute little children are a definite thaw-maker even for the most sour-faced obachan! LOL It's when the two of us had a night out together, that we were looked at suspiciously. Moral of the story : always let your little kids follow you everywhere. ;p

      I'll put up a bit more, intermittently. Just to keep things interesting. ^^

      But I wanna shitamachi stories from the resident expert. New stories, please! Now! Pretty please? Onegai shimasu? ;)

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    2. That one person is now a very happy one person. ^^

      I'm just waiting for Golden Week to go walkabout again. Then I'll be at your service with more shitamachi stories. Including, I hope, my Tokyo Sky Tree magnum opus! :-p

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    3. I was thinking...

      Maybe I should herald the arrival of May with a SkyTree post fest and defer my Shikoku posts to later.

      SkyTree rocks! xD

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  6. Something different from city streets...So no cap Zebra then got cap TOTO? hehehe...

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    1. Hahaha...

      Yalah, wonder whether got or not? xD

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    1. There are cuter buses out there too!I wish I'd taken all their photos. ;)

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  8. Nice to see you like Shitamachi.

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  9. Gosh, so much shopping to do here. One can't wander too fast otherwise miss something good. The night and the lanterns really bring out the charm to the place.

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    1. The place isn't the trendy neighbourhood, but that's the charm. :)

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  10. Shitamachi is the heart of old Tokyo and with Asakusa is a place I return to time and time again :)

    Japan Australia

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  11. Obachans are fiery? I thought most Japanese are friendly, no?

    My kiddos would be the happiest if I placed them in the toys shop, whereas I'll take my own sweet time browsing over kitchen utensils and the dinnerware. Ceramic and pots are so ME~~

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    1. Obachan can be a force to reckon with. Don't get in their way. xD

      Well, people (anywhere) are nice generally but as with us, some may be wary of foreigners, and foreigners of certain nationalities. That's how I feel.

      We have had a few encounters where we were mistakenly thought of coming from a certain place (country) and was treated somewhat coldly only to be later be curiously approached upon hearing me & Zaini talked to each other in what is obviously not the language they thought we'd speak. It was an "interesting" experience, to say the least.

      Be nice. Be polite. Blend. Respect the harmony of the community. Then you'll get along famously with each other.

      Psttt... when & if you go to Kappabashi, let your kids loose either at Yamashiroya (in Ueno), Hakuhinkan (Ginza)or just put them at Yodobashi Camera! LOL

      This reminds me. I need to put up my card game photos collections & gachapon machines collection some time. ;p

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  12. The night scene, the arc, the shops and the lanterns.... they remind me of the ghost town in Spirited Away :D

    Despite the modern sky scrappers and buses and cars on the road, this place is so, so, serene (?) maybe due to the old building structures.

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    1. LOL

      You watch to many animes lah!

      The feel of shitamachi. That's why me & Rurousha love this place so much. ^^

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