Yanaka

As you may know, Tokyo is an endlessly fascinating city, with things of interest and photo subjects at every turn. Not much of it is old at all - certainly not like Kyoto is old - as it really was very badly damaged during the war and pretty much rebuilt with little or no town planning input. One of the few areas of Central Tokyo that survived mostly intact at the end of the war is situated around Nippori Station on the Yamanote Line - and is called Yanaka. It used to be a jumble of poorly maintained old wooden houses - but now is getting known as a location for cool boutiques and arty types. There are probably more shrines and temples here per square meter than anywhere in Japan - and certainly an enormous number of graveyards. All fascinating.

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