Right around our ryokan, just a block away from the river. While the preserved street had the old wooden styled building reminiscent of old Edo, just steps away mixed in with the old is the new.
The more one looks, the curiouser the area appears.
There are shops like this one
Strangly filled with only large stuffed animals. And no customers. Flower shops, gaudy clothing and shoes for women that would make drag queens proud, American cowboy boot stores, gift shops...odd in this area that is suppose to be the memory of Edo, Japan.
Lots of restaurants and bars, more with the ubiquitous plastic food displays and extremely high prices.
More of the modern architecture mixed in with the old around our ryokan.
Space-age, deco, modern, all mixed together.
However, there is more to this. Which will be in my next post.
(from March, 2008)