DAY 5 Senso-ji, Sickness and Sailor Moon

DAY 5 Senso-ji, Sickness and Sailor Moon

October 18th, 2019

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Sailor Moon store
Shining Tokyo Sailor Moon show

Hotel: Hotel Sardonyx Ueno*

This day was largely a write-off as Dee was unwell. She woke up with a sore throat and took some of the medicine I had brought from home (a good call) and we went off to Asakusa station, where we walked up Nakamise-dori towards Senso-ji.

I loved the stall roller/security doors:

We arrived around 9am and most of the stores were closed, or just setting up. I finally got to try mitarashi dango in what I believe was a fish free sweet soy sauce glaze. It lived up to the hype I’d placed on it. I also tried the sesame (goma) topped dango and a green one with kinako (roasted soy bean flour). These were nice and not that sweet. The dango wrapped in nori didn’t win me over but I’m glad I got to try it, I love dango!

This is where things started to take a turn for the worse. Dee said she was tired and wanted to go back to the hotel, but agreed to stick to the plan of going to the Sailor Moon store in the La Foret building first, but then we’d go straight home. The Sailor Moon store was a letdown, really small and not much in the way of quality goods. La Foret had some really interesting alternative style clothing though.

We went straight back to our hotel for a bit so Dee could rest, before I made the call to catch a taxi to the Shining Tokyo Sailor Moon live show.

The show itself was awesome and I think Sailor Moon fans would really love it. To book tickets, I had to order online (did this before we left Australia) and the website (English translated) was easy enough to understand. The only downside is that you have to order dinner as it’s a dinner show and the food options available weren’t vegan (or vegetarian). Luckily for us one of the options was a soba noodles plate with little side dishes, so once I bought the tickets I emailed the info address and mentioned our dietary requirements and they said they could accommodate by making the dipping sauce soy sauce based and not fish based. Unfortunately though I ended up with the meat option and my daughter got the vegan option, but she wasn’t feeling well so I had her portion (though my soba noodles on their own were vegan). The dinner was ah, rather forgettable. But we got to keep the Sailor Moon plates it was served on (I ended up posting these home in a box with other stuff).

The show had laser effects, aerial work, fire-stick twirling Sailor Mars, action and was so much fun! I loved it but wished it went for more than half an hour.

When we left, Dee said she was well enough to go on the train back to the hotel so we did that. Unfortunately she was sick on the train, luckily it wasn’t crowded and she didn’t spew a lot, but people around us gave us tissues, plastic bags and wipes and were so nice. I appreciated that very much in a moment where things were stressful. That legendary kindness of Japanese people was on full display.

Once we got back to the hotel I used the coin laundry and Dee fell asleep. It was an exhausting day and I was starting to feel sick too but luckily it seemed to go away overnight.

On to Day 6.

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