Banana vending machine
Tokyo Sky Tree
John being inappropriate with the statues
John and his parents enjoying a boat trip from Asakusa to Hamarikyu gardens. It was a lovely thing to do on a hot, summer day!
Watching the world go by
Tokyo Sky Tree from Hamarikyu Gardens
I would love to live in one of those skyscrapers, overlooking this garden and the river and harbour behind it.
This little bear is having a rather lonely summer festival!
Following instructions, I went to Maruyama Kofun, an ancient grave site near the Tokyo tower. It provided a lovely shadowy escape from the august heat.
John relaxing under the trees
Shinjuku by night
We made a visit to Yasakuni Shrine, the controversial shrine to Japan's war dead (including 14 class A war criminals, which is naturally where the controversy comes in!). If you didn't already know what it was a shrine to, you'd never be able to tell from the peaceful and serene surroundings.
Although the right wing museum next door might give it away! We didn't go around it, but you only need to peek into the lobby to realise where it's views lie. Any museum that celebrates the building of a railway that killed 106,000 PoW and forced labourers isn't exactly aiming for world wide peace.
Adverts for a robot cafe. Naturally.
Yakiniku alley, next to Shinjuku station