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October 3, 2018

Hands-on Fun in Asakusa

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Asakusa is one of Tokyo's most popular sightseeing spots for people from both in and outside Japan-and it's now home to places where you can go hands-on with Japanese culture.

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Asakusa Kingyo Here you can enjoy the traditional summer pastime of goldfish scooping year-round. For one try, which is 300 yen, you receive three paper-based scoops called poi. The shop also sells popular goldfish-themed bells and other souvenirs.

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Kawarawari Kawarana At this shop, which opened in 2017 and is making waves on social media, you can try kawarawari: breaking roof tiles with your fist like a martial artist. Everyone from kids to adults can enjoy this activity. The current record is 31 tiles for men and 16 for women. Note: open only on Saturday and Sunday as of October 2018.

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Asakusa Taiyaki Kobo Guraku Taiyaki, the Japanese cakes shaped like fish, are usually filled with red bean paste, but here, you can get ones filled with curry, bacon and eggs and more. You can also make your very own taiyaki with the ingredients of your choice.

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Somé Kobo 1907 This textile dyeing workshop was founded in 1907. Here, you can give Japanese dyeing methods a try. That includes shirushizome, in which you can apply writing or patterns, and even use your own original designs.

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Real Escape Room Asakusa Players are locked in a room, and must solve various puzzles, mysteries and challenges to escape before time runs out. Features a room created in collaboration with a haunted house.

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Waza Here, you can try on replicas of the armor worn by samurai in the Sengoku Warring States period, get your photo taken in 360 degrees, and even walk around Asakusa looking like a samurai.

Further Info

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1) Asakusa Kingyo
Address: 2-7-13 Asakusa, Taito-ku
2) Kawarawari Kawarana
Address: 2-27-17 Asakusa, Taito-ku
3) Asakusa Taiyaki Kobo Guraku
Address: 2-3-2 Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku
4) Somé Kobo 1907
Address: 1-21-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku
5) Real Escape Room Asakusa
Address: 1-17-2 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku
6) Waza
Address: 2-22-2 Higashikomagata, Sumida-ku

Others

Wired Hotel Asakusa
Address: 2-16-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku

Reporter

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Janni Olsson

Nationality:
Swedish
Occupation:
TV talent/model
When did you first come to Japan?:
I first came to Japan in 2006 on a trip together with my big brother.
Reason for coming to Japan:
I actually didn't plan to come here at first. My brother planned to go to Japan with a friend of his, but his friend suddenly canceled on him so he invited me instead just a few weeks before departure. I didn't really have a reason to come here all those years ago besides enjoying a trip together with my brother, but boy am I glad that I did! I fell in love with the country and decided to start studying Japanese and came back many times after that. Then after going back and forth between Japan and Sweden several times, I decided to start living here and I've been stuck here ever since!
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