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Kawaii Omiyage

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A box of 10 streetcar cakes

Omiyage culture of Japan is akin to the oleh-oleh habit of Indonesians and the customary pasalubong in the Philippines. 

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A wrapping paper for the streetcar box with cute map of the Toden Arakawa Line

A souvenir from a trip is something you buy for yourself while an omiyage (or oleh-oleh or pasalubong) is something you buy for others. Normally something edible, a food specialty.

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Five streetcar designs

Whereas the oleh-oleh and pasalubong have normal packaging, Japanese cuteness reflects on its omiyage packaging. So cute. So kawaii.

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A streetcar box for the streetcar cake

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Streetcar cake. Wafer-like on the outside with red bean paste filling. It's like mochi or hopia

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Candies packaged like ekiben from a confectionery shop in Kawagoe

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Kawaii candies

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More candies in cute packaging

Toden Arakawa Line is Special

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The cutest public transportation in Tokyo

At the Northern area of Tokyo, there is this streetcar line that passes through secondary streets and stopping in neighborhoods where the atmosphere is different from our usual mental model of futuristic Tokyo.

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Are we really in Tokyo?

Running through Tokyo side streets makes this line somewhat hidden (hence it is special) unlike the very visible tram in Hong Kong where its tramway traverses the Hong Kong Island from east to west (or west to east) as it cuts through the busy districts and major roads and looking very tall (double-decker trams).

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Tokyo tramway (Toden Arakawa Line) is relatively short in distance having less than an hour of travel time from one end to the other end, taking into account the traffic.

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Lady crossing the street as the streetcar leaves

Yes it is indeed special for there is traffic factor here, seeing that streetcars follow the rules of the road (unlike trains), hence the term “streetcar”, I suppose.

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Road barrier in place as the streetcar crosses

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At dusk

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Minowa station is the last station on one end of the line

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Seems like majority of the streetcar passengers are elderly

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Inside the streetcar

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Streetcar stopping at a station

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Streetcar as seen from a side street in Minowa

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