Stylish (Hip) Asakusa - Conclusion
People gather in Asakusa today like they did long ago.
In the Edo Period, warehouses that housed the rice tax collected by the bakufu military government were set up in modern-day Kuramae, which corresponds to the southern part of Asakusa. These government officials and the merchants that handled the rice tax gathered in Asakusa, and playhouses featuring kabuki, joruri recitations, and other performances opened here. As such, Asakusa flourished as the premier business district and cultural center of Edo. Asakusa constantly abounds with energy, as evidenced by the festivals and events that are still held roughly once a month, such as the famous Sanja Festival. The energy brings a smile to the people's faces.
From long-standing stores to recently opened ones, Asakusa has rows of various different restaurants. And since it is a district that has thrived since long ago, it has developed into an environment that is easy to live in as it features shopping districts, libraries, and hospitals. Strolling along the Sumida River that flows nearby on a clear day soothes the soul as you gaze at the sunlight reflected in the flowing river. Night views of the Tokyo Sky Tree light up the night when dusk falls.
Drop by Asakusa, where its appearance from long-ago largely lingers on, in counterpoint to Ginza which is undergoing relentless change. It certainly abounds with the spirit of a traditional Japanese town with a profound sense of humanity.