November 3rd is culture day (文化の日) in Japan. There will be Tokyo Jidai Matsuri (東京時代祭り) which is held every year on this day. Every year, there is parade about Japan culture in this Tokyo Jidai Matsuri. This year the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri was held at Asakusa (浅草). I don’t know whether Tokyo Jidai Matsuri is always held at Asakusa or not.
On that day, I went to see the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri with my friends. The parade started at 1.30 pm and ended at 3 pm. I was late, so I did not see the parade from the beginning. The parade showed various clothes and cultures of Japan from time to time, from the ancient time to the modern days. Since the parade was held only once a year, and it was also a very interesting parade, it was very crowded that I could barely see anything. But fortunately, I got a chance to take a photo with two guys with red faces in the parade.
In Asakusa, there is a gate called Kaminari-mon (雷門) and there is a temple in it. The temple is big, and people said that in New Year, the temple would be very crowded because many Japanese would go to the temple to pray for the new year.
There were many souvenir shops along the street to the temple. They sold many kinds of things like handphone accessories, swords, Japanese fans, Japanese pottery, Japanese clothes (there were even ninja clothes) and some Japanese cakes.
I bought some Japanese cakes there. If I’m not mistaken, it’s called あげまんじゅう. There were several kinds of あげまんじゅう sold, but I chose the one with red bean in it. It was quite cheap, but I forgot whether it was 100 yen or 80 yen for one あげまんじゅう.
I also bought another kind of Japanese cake, but I didn’t know what its name was. I bought it because it was on sale (they called it ﾀｲﾑｻｰﾋﾞｽ). They sold the cake 200 yen for ten. So I thought it was quite cheap. This cake also had red bean filling in it. It was shaped into several different cute shapes, like bird, tree, Japanese lamp with 雷門 written on it, etc.