Glimpses of life in Tokyo

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Sushi! The two pieces that are most likely unfamiliar for westerners but common options in Japan are ikura gukan (salmon roe) and, behind that, tamagoyaki (fried egg).

Sake, maguro and unagi nigiri - sushi pieces with salmon, tuna and eel at a restaurant in Itabashi.

Sake, maguro and unagi nigiri – sushi pieces with salmon, tuna and eel at a restaurant in Itabashi.

Chef preparing sushi at a restaurant in Itabashi.

Every time I pass by these little guys, I want one. They just make me laugh. A vendor on a street in Itabashi sells them.

Every time I pass by these little guys, I want one. They just make me laugh. A vendor on a street in Itabashi sells them.

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Charms for sale at a shrine we stumbled upon in Itabashi.

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Went with fellow Kitazano girls to this wonderful ramen place after exploring Itabashi and surrounding areas for a bit - it was incredible.

Went with fellow Kitazano girls to this wonderful ramen place after exploring Itabashi and surrounding areas for a bit – so delicious!

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TUJ OSS Student Activities organized an event where students made mochi.

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Even the bears in this city dress better than I do. This was in a store in Shibuya.

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I’ll be honest, I regret that I don’t own this shirt.

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Street performers outside of the Shibuya train station.

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Lanterns beautify the entrance of the Itabashi train station

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In Japan, many people can be seen in public wearing face masks. This is considered the polite thing to do if a person is sick, to prevent them from transmitting germs and diseases to others. This panda is encouraging the practice on the streets of Ontakesan.

In Japan, many people can be seen in public wearing face masks. This is considered the polite thing to do if a person is sick, to prevent them from transmitting germs and diseases to others. This panda is encouraging the practice on the streets of Ontakesan.

Very polite cheese snack

Very polite cheese snack

There is a corner bakery on the way home from the train station and it has delicious giant loaves of bread and an adorable sweet woman for a cashier.

There is a corner bakery on the way home from the train station and it has delicious giant loaves of bread and an adorable sweet woman for a cashier.

Surprise snow storm in Tokyo!

These bunnies sit atop an arch on a main road in Itabashi, and on this day they were bravely weathering a surprising snow storm that hit Tokyo.

I found this snowman when I wandered through Itabashi during the snow.

Morning after snowfall in Tokyo.

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