|A poster at the Ryogoku train station|
After learning about life in the Edo period and modernization during the time of the world war, we went to lunch to a place where sumo wrestlers often eat. The traditional food that sum wrestlers eat to bulk up is called 'chanko-nabe', a hot pot dish. But since we aren't sumo wrestlers and don't have the capacity to each 20,000 calories a day, we ate another type of meal, which included fried chicken, soup, rice and salad, all of which were delicious. The restaurant had a very traditional decor. The waiters were dressed traditionally and we sat cross legged on the floor in a tatami matted room. We ate sherbet for dessert. It was a lighter and more fruity version of ice cream.
|A sumo wrestler lunch|
|The Senso-ji Temple|
Both of these were fairly touristy places and I saw quite a few foreigners in the areas, which also meant that a fair number of people could speak English. Nevertheless, I tried speaking Japanese while asking for directions.
The rain was a lot worse and I was exhausted by the end of the day, but I was very impressed to see that life didn't stop for anyone and nobody complained about the rain. Infact, while walking to the train station in the morning, I saw a women in full office wear running to make it in time for the next train despite the rain.I guess the weather isn't a good enough excuse to be late! I also saw a man dressed in a suit on a bicycle holding up an umbrella with one hand. I stopped feeling sorry for myself after that. Resilience at its best.