I went for a stroll around Tsukishima and Tsukudajima. On the face of it, these areas look quite modern with many condos, but there is still something nostalgic in the air.
When it comes to Tsukishima, it’s nothing but monja-yaki. I bet that 80% of restaurants in Tsukishima are monja restaurants. It always smells yummy on so-called monja street.
I found a very interesting object in the back street of Tsukishima. Here is a question. Why did they put a floating bridge that combines two houses? I guess that a young man and a young woman who were next door neighbor each other must have gotten married. How convenient it is! What is your take on this?
■where a lighthouse was located
Tsukudajima used be a small fisherman's village.
This lighthouse is a replica of the old one.
■Tsukuda Kobashi bridge and a canel
The huge chimney that you can see over the Tsukuda kobashi bridge is for sentou, a bathhouse. The residents of the condo must be very happy to have a bathhouse on their premises.
There is a basin under the bridge. Interesting contrast with high buildings.
No Tsukudajima trip is complete without dropping by a tsukudani shop. Tenyasu, which has 170 years of history, still remains Edo atmosphere. I bought some tarako (cod roe) and katsuo-no-kakuni (tuna). Best partners for cooked white rice.
■ Sumiyoshi shrineThe first Torii of Sumiyoshi shrine is located just beside the riverbank. It means that people in Edo visited here by bout. It’s just like the God of safety marine transportation!
■The Sumida River
My second favorite bridge, Kachidoki bridge, is seen over Tsukuda Oohashi bridge.
■at the bottom of Chuo Oohashi bridge
A bicycle that lost its owner is now having a new beautiful partner. What a nice second life!
We left the Sumida River at around Sumida ohashi bridge and headed for Ningyocho to get a train back home.
It was a nice break to have a cup of amazake, at Amazake Yokocho in Ningyocho. It’s a sweet drink made from fermented rice and it’s also good for your refreshment after walking long time.
“Isn’t it a good idea to have sukiyaki dinner at Imahan in Ningyo-cho?”
“Sounds soooooo good.”
In the end, we bought just-fried-sukiyaki-croquettes at the deli corner of Imahan and ate at the shop at once. Umm, yummy!
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