The 50 Things You Must Do in Asia

By Hanya Yanagihara - 2013-07-23T16:27:10Z

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Stroll Pre-WWII Tokyo: Japan

Yanesen is the triangle formed by the old neighborhoods of Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi. These three neighborhoods—with their little streets and low-slung houses—are among the few that survived World War II bombings, and in them you can see what a humble, even cozy place prewar Tokyo must have been. Today, the area is known for its small shops, bakeries, and eateries, most of which are independently owned.

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