Friday, July 17, 2009

What have we been up to?

So, i tried to get Mel & Tiffany signed up for the Tokyo Area Sightseeing... but the tour was overbooked.
Instead, Kathleen was so nice and watched Olivia and Evan for the day, and I took them to Asakusa Area and the Tokyo Tower.
It was a full day and we had fun.
Check out the pic's! :)
(Mel took a nice picture of Tiffany & I but... it's on his computer, so I'll post it when i get it.)

Our Family went to Asakusa and Tokyo Tower on our Tokyo Tour with ITT back a few months ago. So, if you would like to check those trip photo's out here are the links.

Tokyo Tower--->

One thing for sure is the Shopping/Temple area was SOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo not crowded.
That was wonderful, as last time we could not even move, that how crowded it was!

Tiffany trying some green drink, that happened to be green tea... cold and sweet!

I thought this was odd.
You never see this type of graffiti in Japan...
So, that leads me to think it was all done on purpose... Hmmmm i wonder!

Wow! :)
Kinda neat!

I like this sign...

This would be neat! To bad we will have moved. haha

Asahi Beer Company....(the big sperm looking thing, haha)...
We are trying to find out if they do any kind of Tour/Tasting....

Main Observatory....

Again Great views!
And for more view pics check out the link above...

And next will be a post about Tokyo Curry Lab, a place we went for lunch on our 'tour'. :)


Sarah said...

Q. What are those pieces of paper on the pillars and ceilings of the gates at temples and shrines?
A. They’re called senja fuda, and are stuck there by visitors to the temple. Senja fuda means “one thousand shrine card” and they first appeared in the Heian (794-1192) period. In those days, members of the nobility often went on ‘one thousand shrine pilgrimages’ (senja moude) to bring peace, good fortune, money and good health and they would offer ‘sensha fuda’ (the original pronunciation of senja fuda) to the gods.
The first record of sensha fuda is a poem written by the Emperor Kazan at Kokawa temple in 998 CE. In those days, however, paper was extremely expensive, so most were made from metal or wood.
In the Edo period, the pilgrimages became known as senja mairi, and became popular with ordinary people, who began pasting their name cards on the torii (shrine gates) or fudajo (special boards for people to paste their senja fuda on). They became very artistic, and were even produced by famous artists like Hiroshige, so much so, in fact, that people began collecting and trading them like baseball cards.
Today, senja fuda are often put on the gates of both temples and shrines, and sometimes you will even find them on the main buildings. People put them as high up as possible, so that the gods will be more likely to see them, and recognize their piety. Putting them anywhere except the torii or fudajo, however, is said to be sacrilegious, and many places of worship ban them because they are unsightly and people put them in the wrong places.

So you were right, about the "graffiti" being on purpose. :D