Today, I went to Sanseido Bookstore from JR Ochanomizu and walked along Yasukuni Street (Tokyo Road 302) to JR Asakusabashi.
There was a sign near Toei Ogawamachi Station that said, “In the old days, falconers lived in this area, so it was called former falconry town. The name was changed to Ogawamachi when falconry was banned due to the “Order for the pity of all living things” issued by Tsunayoshi.
When the falconers lived there, nature was so abundant that it must have been easy to spend time here even in the mid-summer sunshine. I forgot my hat today, so the heat was even more unbearable.
I found a taiyaki Kanda Daruma at the intersection of Hongo Street (Tokyo Route 403)!
For some reason, there seem to be a lot of taiyaki shops at intersections in Tokyo. Why is that?
It intersects with Chuo-dori (National Highway No. 17), Showa-dori (National Highway No. 4), and other relatively young national highways one after another. I guess this means that Nihonbashi is close by.
Just before the Asakusabashi intersection, I found something unusual!
This is an Inuyarai.
When I walked along the old Tokaido highway, I often saw them around Kyoto, but I didn’t know what they were for. When I came home, I looked them up and found out that they were used to protect the exterior walls from marking by small animals.
At the Asakusabashi intersection, Edo-dori (National Highway No. 6) and Keiyo-dori (National Highway No. 14) pass by. There is a diagonal road at the intersection and it is complicated, so people must get lost. There were several people with cell phones wandering back and forth.
Almost at the Asakusabashi station, I found the taiyaki shop at the intersection again!
Its name is “Naruto Taiyaki Honpo”.
For research purposes, I got one of the red bean taiyaki from Tokachi.
It was crispy on the outside and chunky on the inside, with just the right amount of sweetness.
Course : JR Chuo Line Ochanomizu Station → Sanseido → JR Sobu Line Asakusabashi Station
Distance: approx. 4.2km
Time : 4h56m (including lunch and time at Sanseido)