Faux food and fascinations

Finally back on the blog to carry on charting the epic trip to Japan that we took last year.

Still in Tokyo’s Asakusa district we carry on exploring the fascinating back streets full of incredible sights.

The man starts off his holiday task of being “stick your head in that” man and poses for a bite of melon pan.

Melon-pan is a sweet baked bread with a top that resembles the outer layer of a cantaloupe melon. It’s often full of delightful cream.

I also spot the very first display of uncannily lifelike plastic food that we will come to know and love all over Japan. In this instance it is a multitude of coloured ice creams.

Everywhere we turn there is so much to see, I am frankly amazed I even managed to get past these first few streets!

From ninja shoes to sake barrels, colourful wishes and decorative artwork, I am delirious!

Japan truly is the epitome of a schizophrenic culture. Chaotic, colourful and brash in one breath and then peaceful, traditional and tranquil in the next.

Moving onwards we head to the Sumida river to get a glimpse of the Tokyo Sky Tree.

With a height of 634 meters, it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with aquarium is located at its base.

You can also see the distinctive gold sperm like Flamme d’Or that marks the Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall – the headquarters of Asahi Breweries.

Next up more shopping streets and a veritable cornucopia of plastic meals!!

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