Around Town

Trams, Fortunes, and Ferris Wheels

Yesterday we decided to go for a tram ride on the Toden Arakawa Line with our friend Tomo. It was a gorgeous, blue-sky day, and we had a lot of fun seeing old-style parts of Tokyo.IMG_1530We got on the tram at Ostukaekimae station.IMG_1536 IMG_1537 IMG_1541                                                        Watch your fingers!IMG_1543Beautiful roses grow along nearly the entire tram line.
IMG_1548IMG_1544 We got off at the end of the line at Minowa Station.
IMG_1597IMG_1551 IMG_1555 IMG_1556I absolutely love the atmosphere around Minowa station. Just near the station is an old shopping arcade that reminded us of living in Yokkaichi. So much so, in fact, that I kept expecting to see a giant Onyudo-san!
A market in the shopping arcade.IMG_1563 IMG_1578 IMG_1580
After wandering around a bit, we stumbled across a very old style restaurant called Parlor Orange.
After looking at the fake food display outside, we decided to give it a try.    IMG_1585 IMG_1586 IMG_1587 IMG_1591 IMG_1594
I ordered the ebi fry (or fried shrimp) lunch set. It came with miso soup, rice, tsukemono (pickled veggies), and coffee for 800 yen.IMG_1596                                                                 Miso soup!
Chad got the tonkatsu set (deep fried pork cutlet). At first glance, this seemed like a sort of hole-in-the-wall restaurant that might turn out to have some pretty tasty lunch. Upon eating our meals, however, we found that the food was not only quite good, but that we were also in the presence of a semi-celebrity.IMG_1602
See that gentlemen in the background behind Chad? He’s recently been featured in several Japanese articles for being an amazing fortune teller. In fact, he did two palm readings during our lunch, complete with crystal balls, stone beads and rings, and lots of touching and gazing. His advice has become so sought after that appointments with him are completely booked through October 2017! Whether you subscribe to that sort of thing or not, you’ve got to admit he’s got quite an impressive following!IMG_1603As we sipped our coffees after lunch, we decided that we must have chosen a rather auspicious restaurant! IMG_1608
After lunch, we decided to walk around Arakawa Yuen Theme Park. Because it was Children’s Day, we got to go in for free!IMG_1610 IMG_1611
See the Koi Nobori (Carp Kites) flying in front of the Ferris Wheel for Boy’s Day?IMG_1613 IMG_1615
After walking along the river, we took the tram back to Otsukaekimae. We had purchased an all-day tram pass for 400 yen, and out of that got a nice little journey around parts of Tokyo we’d never before seen.

Have you made any interesting local discoveries recently?
xx Caitlyn

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