Tokyo - Tsukiji Fish Market and Asakusa
We started our day with full bellies and a better night sleep. Best!
Navigating the transport system automatically felt overwhelming to me, but as we progressed, it is of course incredible and really easy to navigate (if you have google maps in your hand and a keen eye!). We arrived at Tsukiji without really knowing where to go and what to eat.
We just picked things as we went along. Had some ok stuff, some whacky stuff and some super yummy stuff.
The kid was sick of being in the pram (oh this damn pram! He is going to have an aversion by the end of the trip!!!) and was grumpy and hungry as he is still not into trying anything new. He got out and walked for a few meters before we realised it was just too crazy with all the people and vehicles zig zagging in between everyone. We got him his long awaited ice-cream and we had 10 minutes of sitting still and silence and we were able to explore the surroundings!
We opted to head to a nearby park so the kid could run around, while Al went back to pick up a picnic lunch.
We ate, played, grumped, ate some more and finally settled our reluctant kid in the pram with his panda teddy and 'blanket I love' for an afternoon nap. We transited to Asakusa for afternoon adventures.
We arrived and headed to Senso-ji temple. It was larger than life and incredible. Also incredibly crowded but we knew it would be and that adds to the Tokyo charm, right?
We got our fortunes, mine was 'The Best Fortune' (go me!) and Al's was 'Regular Fortune'. Meh.
After a little exploration of the grounds, we parked the pram with sleeping child for a rest ourselves. We finally had a chance to stop and look at each other and connect and I found myself saying 'this is my favourite part of today'. It's crazy how easy the need to 'see' and 'do' everything can at times take away from the moment you are in. This is something that I have been struggling with because I am new to Fam Bam travels and although I knew it would be different, I didn't understand just how different it would be. Communication is KEY, food is KEY and looking after Young Squire first and foremost is KEEEEEEEY.
Anyhow, Fuji Park was a short walk north of Senso-ji temple so as the kid still slept we wandered up there to prepare for the 'wake up'.
The kid woke and practically jumped out of the pram and onto some play equipment. Al suggested I take a walk and explore Hanayashikithe oldest Amusement park in Tokyo which I eagerly set out to do.
It was kitschy and fun and obvs great for photos! But a few of the attractions weren't working which was a bummer (but not surprising!) so I wandered the grounds until I found a ride I'd take a chance on.
As I was spinning around and into the air on the Disk-o, with all it's run down grunts and groans, I literally thought, this could be the end of it all. Haha. Luckily it wasn't, and I also picked up some cute panda socks at the gift shop on the way out! Also here is the cutest post box I ever did see.
Walking along the back streets of Asakusa was AWESOME and I recommend it to anyone.
We decided to find food, which we did. Ramen for the kid to slurp, delicious as always.
We walked through the grounds of Senso-ji temple with the kid awake this time. He had a wonderful time ducking in and out of all the people. We saw giant fish and ate Melonpan.
We came home and battled with the kid to eat any actual dinner then all fell into a blubbering heap by 8pm.
Till next time