In the grid of quiet, narrow streets between Ueno and Asakusa, it seems that every time you turn a new corner, you come to another shrine or temple. A pleasant one is Myoon-ji, which has a peaceful atmosphere despite being surrounded by buildings and not shielded by a wall. The charming wooden hall is flanked by a moat-like carp pond, where large fish glide around uncaring of people and noise.
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I came to Japan from Manchester, England in summer 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I`m not working I write satire at www.iothern.blogspot.com and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check my youtube channel `CunningPunster` for a taste.