Tokyo (3)

I was encouraged by Rebecca Salter, who knows Tokyo well, to visit Yanaka, an area of old shops and housing to the north of Ueno park, well to the north of central Tokyo and which survives relatively unscathed from new development, the 1923 earthquake and allied firebombing.   I wandered the streets, admiring examples of unspoilt housing:-

Coffee in Yanaka Coffee:-

In Ginza Street, there are old surviving shops and places to eat:-

There’s a Buddhist temple – the Daikokuten Kyoo-ji Temple, still with bullet holes from 1868 and a large and peaceful cemetery:-

I crossed the Yanaka Cemetery:-

And had lunch with Masami Shiraishi, the owner of Scai the Bathhouse who bought the local coffeehouse and brewery.   The bakery was closed:-

But not the coffeehouse:-

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