Nakamise, the main street of Asakusa between Kaminarimon and Hozomon

Nakamise is one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan.

There are about 90 shops here in Nakamise. You can find Japanese traditional crafts, Kimonos, Japanese dolls, Ukiyoe, tenugui (Japanese towels) and chopsticks as well as Ningyoyaki (sponge cake), Osenbei (rice crackers), Japanese sweets and shaved ice. At Funawa, cold Matcha drink and sweet potato icecream are popular. At Kimuraya, you can see a performance of baking Ningyoyaki. At Kagetsudo, just around the last corner of Nakamise to the right, Meron-pan (a kind of sweet bread) is very popular.

When you come here, I recommend to make KIFUDA. KIFUDA is a Japanese Traditional Name Tag to bring you a good luck. There are some shops to make Kifuda and one of them is Makino-Gyokushindo. The storeowner helps to make your own Japanese names with Kanji characters. The price is from 1,800 yen and it takes just an hour. The shop is located about 30 yards from Kaminarimon.

by Keiko, OTT

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