… is a valid visa. Is it lost in the mail? Where is it?
Whilst waiting for the visa and slowly getting more and more sleep deprived, I've done a few fun things, such as going to Asakusa on a cold Sunday evening. I love revisiting places like Daikokuya, a great tempura spot I once visited on my own a few summers ago. It's not quite as tasty as my secret spot in that same neighbourhood, but it's a close second. While in Asakusa, I took another look at the beautiful Senso-ji temple and its larger-than-life red lantern. I also saw the Sky Tree peeking in a narrow alley, which was a nice surprise. I'm not a big fan of the Sky Tree as I prefer Tokyo Tower, but it's rapidly growing on me, and I love the contrast of Asakusa's old-school vibe and the futuristic Sky Tree. It's fun to play tourist once in a while.
In other news, it's been particularly cold and rainy, and not very Christmas-y. I've completed a lot of tedious tasks lately, such as changing my phone number at the bank. It took 3 forms, 4 inkan (signature stamp) and 45 minutes to finish the process, and I nearly lost my mind. I think this whole visa ordeal and not being home for Christmas makes me irritated, so I apologize if I accidentally stabbed you in the train with my umbrella. One more day of commuting, then freedom.
Thank goodness for places like Asakusa, mulled wine, mikan and nabe. I can do this.
|Goodness hiding under that lid|
|Try this place if you're in Asakusa!|
|An empty shopping street past closing time|
|Can you see the Sky Tree?|
|Kaminari mon, meaning Thunder Gate. Roar.|