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Mike's Japan

During the day, Asakusa is overrun with tourists. When night falls the tourists leave
and the atmosphere changes. Side streets light up. Shutters are opened. Tables are
brought out onto pavements and suddenly it‟s like a small town where everyone knows
one another and every night is party night.
Getting around in Tokyo is easy. You go to the nearest Metro station and take a train.
Timetables and maps are in Western (ABC) script as well as Japanese. You can buy
a ticket from a machine or use the ticket office. Many railway staff know enough
English to tell you what to do. If you look suitably lost, there's a fair chance some nice
person will come to your aid.
If you want to take a look at top department stores and chic restaurants then the Ginza
is the place for you. For the latest in electronic wizardry, go to Akihabara . If you want
to see where the kids have their rave parties, try Shibuya and Harajuku. The photo on
the cover was taken at Shibuya.
The nation's top art galleries and museums are at Ueno. You will also find the ancient
shrine of the Tokugawa family (of Shogun film fame) in the park there. The famous
Ueno markets are next to Ueno station. Hang on to your wallet and see if you can spot
any Yakuza.
Sumo enthusiasts should visit Ryogoko, which is where the wrestlers live. Go just
after breakfast when they are walking to their training sessions in full regalia . You'll
make the day of some young guy if you photograph him and ask for his autograph.
For books, private art galleries, and shops selling old prints and manuscripts go to
leafy Kanda.
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