Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
48Trip End Aug 2009
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Someone interested in buying the van was planning to see it, hopefully after itīs all fixed up again. It was a relief to leave all the van worries behind, although Iīm not the type to leave worries behind. Hopefully I can learn how to do that on this journey. Looking back on our trip across Canada, the van carried us over 16,000 kilometers in relative comfort, safety,and VW style.
Our first full day in Japan was spent touring the Asakusa region and figuring out our rail pass and how to get to Koyasan
The major attractions in Asakusa revolved around the Senso-ji temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo - a very lively area personifying the atmosphere of the traditional downtown Edo (old Tokyo). The main gate to the temple, Kaminarimon Gate, opens up to a 250 meter long market selling traditional goods.
There were also a lot of ceremonies and rituals going on around the temple but unfortunately, almost everything is in Japanese, so we didnīt understand the symbolism behind them. A group of young students on a field trip to improve their conversational English approached us as we were browsing through the stores in the market. They were shy and a little tentative but made the attempt to ask some basic questions about us and where we came from etc. As a thank you, they gave us 2 origami warriors.
We didnīt spend too much time in Tokyo, other than a stroll on the grounds of the Imperial Palace and working our way through the Tokyo subway system.