The weekend before Brooke left, we stayed up in Tokyo for a few days. One of the days we went to Asakusa. Asakusa is a district in Tokyo that is most famous for its Senso-Ji temple, a buddhist temple and has some other temples. It is a very japanese district and a lot of fun. Instead of taking the train to Asakusa, we took a water taxi--it was very fun to cruise through Tokyo and see all the buildings and different architecture.
This was after getting off the water taxi--Brooke and the kids in front of what has been nicknamed "the golden poo".
After walking through the first Torii gate, you enter a street that is filled with TONS of different shops--way down there at the end you can see the temple. It was very fun to walk along and see what people were selling.
For example, this shop was selling the lucky cats--that was ALL they sold! There were also shops selling Japanese sandals, fans, etc.
This is a typical scene--we are always having groups of Japanese ladies stop us so they can fawn over the kids, especially Cade--the kids are pretty use to it now and we have even learned the japanese word for cute, because we hear it ALL the time!! Also, in Japan you see people wearing masks any time they are sick.
Kailey eating a chocolate-covered banana--Japan has the best snacks and food.
They dress up statues a lot--I think it is so funny!
Brooke, Eric and the kids in front of the temple
They have these at every temple--people write down their prayers and then tie them on here.
Growing up, my dad gave Brooke incense every Christmas as a joke. Here she is finally embracing the incense.
So you shake that metal thing and pull out a stick that coordinates to a number...
Looking at the koi
Brooke desecrating the temple--big NO NO to ride on top of religious statues, but so funny!!
One of the many delicious treats you could buy--looks tasty, huh?
Cade has really embraced riding the train--here he is hanging on.
Brooke and I went to another temple the next day and saw tons of little kids all dressed up in their finest--here is a picture of one family--I thought they looked so cute!