A monument to eggs, sushi and shrimp

These monuments to eggs, sushi and shrimp can be found at a shrine called  Namiyoke Inari Jinja (波除稲荷神社), next to Tsukiji Fish Market. The monuments are dedicated to the eggs and sea creatures that sacrificed their lives so that we could eat them. (Yes, definitely “only in Japan”.)

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Here’s the Tamago-zuka (玉子塚) or grave for eggs:

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The photo below is the Sushi-zuka (すし塚) and Ebi-zuka (海老 塚) or grave for shrimp:

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Read more here (E) and here (J).

Manga drawings at Kanda Myōjin

Kanda Myōjin is near Akihabara, the centre of manga/anime culture in Tokyo. It attracts many fans as well as wannabe artists, who leave ema (wooden votive tablets) expressing their wishes at the shrine. The messages range from simple wishes for happiness in the year ahead (I took these photos in February) to very specific wishes for success as a manga artist or, in some quirky cases, happiness for a manga character!

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Christmas cookies

Even in Tokyo’s shitamachi, the more old-fashioned (or traditional, if you prefer) part of Tokyo, you stumble across confectioneries that sell Christmas cookies, cake and chocolate. I bought this box at a small mom&pop store run by a retired couple: he works in the kitchen, she’s at the counter.

I’m not sure what the Easter bunny is doing in this collection. Perhaps he’s filling in for Rudolph?

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