Yay, I am back and healthy once again, praise the kami!
While stuck at home, forbidden to go anywhere, I was really bored. I am very much one to create my own entertainment, but I usually do so by exploring the city and all its food-related delights.
So, a super quick little guide of recommendations for anyone bored in Tokyo, looking for something interesting to do:
A 15 minute walk down 'Butsudan Road' (where all the altar companies have their showrooms) from Ueno station lies Kappabashi, a street full of restaurant goods. These range from awesome crockery to individual taiyaki forms, and of course the amazing plastic food you see in restaurant windows. There are also a few antique stores hidden here and there, and Kappabashi Coffee is a lovely place to chill. The buildings are pretty awesome too! Since it is right between Ueno and Asakusa, you can then make a detour to the park and Ameyokocho, or head over to the temple and kimono stores.
Craving a taste of home, an exotic flavor or just a new experience? I take trying new foods very seriously, and think it can indeed be classified as a hobby. Seriously, Tokyo has every single cuisine you can think of, and the more esoteric restaurants are often hidden away in fascinatingly odd little places. I have found tons of neat places, many thanks to the excellent bento.com, which has a good listing of exotic delights. Also, Japanese regional specialties are awesome (like Akita prefectures' kiritampo below. Matcha-kun informs me they are traditionally made by women, in the shape of their husaband's...parts. It is always intriguing when he momentarily loses his prim and proper facade.)
The restoration is finally complete, and it is beautiful, a gorgeous bit of Meiji brickwork! Plus under the nearby traintracks there is a rather tasty looking Thai place, which one day I would like to try out.