Nakamise street in Asakusa Tokyo Japan.  For touristy Japanese knickknacks, the best places to shop are Nakamise in Asakusa and the Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando, which stock all the kitschy things like kanji-emblazoned T-shirts, foreigner-sized kimonos, ninja outfits for kids and ersatz samurai swords that can be surprisingly difficult to find elsewhere.

Nakamise street in Asakusa Tokyo Japan. For touristy Japanese knickknacks, the best places to shop are Nakamise in Asakusa and the Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando, which stock all the kitschy things like kanji-emblazoned T-shirts, foreigner-sized kimonos, ninja outfits for kids and ersatz samurai swords that can be surprisingly difficult to find elsewhere.

Typical subway car in Tokyo, Japan.  Very clean and spacious. Yes, they really are like this. And they run like clockwork! -Lily

Typical subway car in Tokyo, Japan. Very clean and spacious. Yes, they really are like this. And they run like clockwork! -Lily

Kaminarimon Gate at Sensoji Temple. Nakamise Dori is the street leading to the temple with many gift shops. Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan.............v

Kaminarimon Gate at Sensoji Temple. Nakamise Dori is the street leading to the temple with many gift shops. Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan.............v

The geiko (geisha) Ichiyuri walking to a tea house in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan

The geiko (geisha) Ichiyuri walking to a tea house in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan

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