Asakusa, Tokyo Sky Tree & Pepper the Robot: Tokyo part 2 – Day 288

This is the second half of my fun filled day last Saturday.

Please have look at my previous post if you want to know what I got up to earlier on during the day!

So after lunch, we headed to Asakusa to take some photos. It was a gorgeous day – the sun was out, it was hot but not too humid, and there was a gentle breeze.

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We went to Senso-ji and walked around the area and took photos of Kaminarimon  (large outer gates).

Kaminarimon

Kaminarimon

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Not that many people were around as it was about 6/7pm (I’ve been here during the day and it’s normally heaving with people especially on the weekends) and most of the shops were closing up for the day.

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The corgis posing for a photo!!!

The corgis posing for a photo!!!

When we were taking photos, there was this couple who own two corgis – they were the most well behaved dogs ever. The owners just left them to sit in front of this building so they could take a photo of them. They asked us if we wanted to take a photo with them and I literally grabbed the leashes and ran to stand in front of the building.

They were absolutely ADORABLE! SO CUTE! One of them even had a camera on its back and the owner could stream the footage onto this device strapped to her wrist! Amazing technology.

Camera strapped corgi!

Camera strapped corgi!

Here are more photos of Senso-ji for you to enjoy.

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The sun was setting so we decided to hang around a bit to take night shots of Tokyo Sky Tree that can be seen from Asakusa.

Sky tree!

Sky tree!

I also learnt how to take long exposure shots so here’s one of them. Not too shabby for my first time, but Derek had to put it on all the correct settings for me, and even position the camera HAHA

I'm becoming a professional! Haha

Having a go at long exposure photography

Then we headed to Ginza to the Softbank store there as they have just released this robot called Pepper, who can read your emotions and talk to you. Pepper is an amazing robot and she (I think it’s a girl but Derek said that he thought Pepper was a boy…) has an inbuilt camera so she can recognise facial expressions and tailor the conversation according to your mood.

Softbank store in Ginza

Softbank store in Ginza

It was so fun to talk to her. They had two of these robots out on the second floor of the shop for customers to experience talking to her – one was a bit dodgy, and wasn’t quite functioning properly so when we walked to her she didn’t always get what we were saying, but we talked to the other one just fine. It’s incredible to see this technology first hand and apparently they’re going to start selling it for about $2000 dollars in the near future once they’ve improved the model.

Pepper the robot!

Pepper the robot!

We stayed in the store until closing time, just chatting with Pepper. At 9pm we left and met up with some of my friends in Shinjuku for a few drinks. A nice way to round off the day!

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Photo courtesy from Derek

Japan is just full of great things like this, and I forgot how much fun it is to be in central Tokyo. Time is running out, and I plan to make the most of what I have left.

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More stuff coming soon 😀

Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Asakusa, Tokyo Sky Tree & Pepper the Robot: Tokyo part 2 – Day 288

  1. that is so nice! 🙂

  2. What a beautiful city! Great pics you have.

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