One of the new things that I have seen in Asakusa in the past 20 years or so is rickshaws and people wearing kimonos. Both of them fit into Asakusa, and they look natural, but I feel like they never existed before.
When I first started visiting Asakusa, I don't think I saw any rickshaws in the town. But before I knew it, as soon as I walked out of the Asakusa station and approached Kaminari-mon Street, there were many rickshaws waiting for customers. And now they have become a part of sightseeing in Asakusa.
The same goes for the kimono-clad people wandering around the temple grounds. Although people have been coming to Senso-ji Temple in kimono for a long time, I don't think there were as many people in kimono as there are now. I remember how rare it was to see them once in a while.
The increase in the number of people walking around in kimono is probably due to the increase in the number of kimono rental stores in this town. If you do a search for "Asakusa kimono rental," you'll see a list of many kimono rental stores. It's a hurdle to go to Asakusa with your own kimono, but if you can rent one locally, it's a lot less of a hurdle. There are many people who would like to wear a kimono and explore the area. Even tourists from other countries who are not familiar with kimono can easily experience the Japanese atmosphere.
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