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For Ueno-Asakusa-Akihabara Day Adventure, I suggest this itinerary.

Ueno Park is a good place to go to just relax and have fun with your friends and family on a weekend morning stroll. The place features a zoo, different museums, and temples which you can check out on your visit to the area. However, this itinerary focuses on the Ueno Zoo.

Ueno Zoo's entrance fee is ¥ 600 for adults, ¥300 for seniors, ¥200 for students, and free for children under 12 years old. Inside, you can see about 3,000 different animals from 400 species ranging from insects, forest animals, sea animals, avian animals, endangered ones, and of course the one that everyone lines up for - the pandas. I would warn, however, that trying to line up for the Panda-viewing takes about 30 to 2 hours depending on the volume of people during your visit. Hence, it will take up most of your time, but if you really like pandas, then just give it a go. They look really cute anyway!

Here's a map of the Ueno Zoo and the animals that you can see there. I also attached here a few shots I've taken myself during our visit.

For lunch, there are several restaurants near the vicinity so it wouldn't really be much of a problem to look for one.

In the afternoon, you may head to the 8th floor of the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center to view the Tokyo Sky Tower for free from afar. You will absolutely have a good view of the Asakusa Shopping District and Asakusa Temple from here. You may also chill at the café located on the floor, or head straight to the Asakusa Temple area which is only about a 10-minute walk from the Information Center.

In Asakusa Shopping District, you may  see or buy from kimono stores, snack tents, souvenir stores, jewelry stores, and other stores of just about anything that resounds the Japanese culture. Walking right to the end of the shopping district leads you to the Asakusa Temple.


Senso-ji (Asakusa) Temple is the oldest temple in the capital featuring a five-story pagoda. Japanese people often go to this place to pray or just seek for their fortune. But for tourists, the temple gate is a great place for a photoshoot and most people line up for this spot which takes about 5 to 15 minutes. They say that if you drop a coin, say your pray, and ring the temple bell loudly, your prayers will be answered.

If you still have time left, you may want to visit the Tokyo Tower which is about a 15-minute walk from the Senso-ji Temple. You can enter the Tokyo Tower to see a skyline view of the city.

In the evening, you may head to Akihabara for some fun night experience. Akihabara is most popular for its stores featuring anime, video games, manga, exhibits, made cafes, toy houses, and collectibles. 
Who would even deny that the Cherry Blossoms Season is probably the best season ever? Since pink is my favorite color, I really like the Sakura flowers and I was so happy to have opportunity to do photoshoot in the Shin-Matsuda Sakura Garden.

Here are some photos my friends and I took during the trip:

Can't wait for more Spring Photoshoots in the future! 

Tick...
All the bottled up feelings,
The frustrations and the past,
...tock.
And they overflow.
 
Tick...
You feel it again.
All the doubts and all the worries,
...tock.
And they become fresh.
 
Tick...
All the silenced voices
Come in a rush, louder
...tock.
And they can't be unheard.
 
Tick...
Then it becomes brighter,
Then suddenly it's not.
...tock.
And then you wait ...
 
Tick, Tock. Tick, Tock.

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Not all poets are sad, sad people write. - Lang Leav 

When was the last time
Someone looked at you intently
Seeming to see beneath your soul
As if you were the most precious thing in the world?

When was the last time
Someone held your hands
To keep them warm on a cold, windy day
As if it was all he wanted to do at that moment?

When was the last time
Someone called you beautiful 
Purely, sincerely without looking at your body
As if he knew you better than anyone else?

When was the last time
You felt giddy about meeting someone
Trying to keep your toes on you feet
As if there’s  just butterflies all over?

When was the last time
Silence was more than enough
No words, just presence
As if you could just stay like that forever?

When was the last time
You let yourself be truly happy with someone
No cautions, not trying to hold yourself back at all
When was the first?

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inspired by Lang Leav's "The Last Time"
Last Saturday, I, together with my photographer friends went to check out the early spring plums in Odawara, Kanagawa and here are my favorite shots from the trip!


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