Chinatown in Motomachi Chukagai

Let me begin with a story. We take the Tokyo Toyoko train line to get to the area we live in. At the very end of the line, the train has the possibility of switching to another line and going further. If that’s the case, that final end point is announced on the train. Motomachi Chukagai is one of the possible end points for our train line, and so we hear it quite often. It’s a lot of fun to say, and when we very first got here the girls would repeat it all the time, but they wouldn’t remember how to say it properly, so they’d call it Madonch Dukanai. That phrase has become a bit of a family joke, and is sometimes a place, sometimes a person.

All that to say, we finally went to Madonch Dukanai Motomachi Chukagai today. There’s a decent sized Chinatown there, and that was our destination. It was fantastic.

I love these balconies so much.

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And this police station.

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Dragons.

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Food.

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Cool buildings.

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Teensy little guard lions. I wanted to steal them, I really did.

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I love this dragon so much.

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No idea what this panda is saying, but I hope it’s a good cause. (There’s tons of panda stuff, and Tiny was in heaven.)

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Panda shirt.

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Flying Panda!

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So colorful and pretty.

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A Hawaiian store in the middle of it all.

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Again, no idea what this panda is yelling.

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A whole bunch of dead ducks.

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Santa!

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Little recycling dog says, “NO!”

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The girls found panda Kitty.

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And a panda store with a very dramatic entrance and a very disappointing interior.

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A Chinese temple.

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This is possibly my favorite picture I’ve ever taken.

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These tiles were set into the sidewalk, and I love them so much. I want them in my house.

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Crazy awesome train station.

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