another place we visited over golden week was the yanaka area, near nishi-nippori. there are numerous temples and old shopping alleys. we were on shopping bicycles, a big plus in one way but stopped us from strolling through all the back alleys that i love so dearly. as per usual i can't really report too much on the historical aspects of the area but i did take a few nice photos. much more instant gratification there. ahh...cheers.