Urvest Hotel Kamata West
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... market. I found myself a tiny teapot and we left the store with five people bowing to us. This ritual is still difficult to come to terms with.
It was now time to find dinner before we drop. In some areas as this one, restaurants can be on all six floors of a building with three or four on each floor. We chose one on the 5th floor based on the spruiker and menu on the street.
Once up there it was shoes off and shown into a booth, closed in with ...
... br> As this was another trip with my folks, we were on a highly inclusive tour with top shelf hotels. As a result there was a very nice taxi waiting for me upon arrival in Tokyo. I later realized the taxis in all of Japan are impeccably clean, as is mostly every thing else. Seriously coming from China to that kinda OCD cleanliness trying to find a wastebasket was nearly causing me an aneurysm.
Despite my lack of rubbish culture ...
... enjoy the humour in the matter. English is not nearly as common as we had hoped. Ordering is a whole lot of pointing and nodding, and hoping for the best. When we expected fresh, we didn't think we'd witness the chef grab a fish out of the tank and chop it up, not seconds before serving. I guess that's the freshness we're not used to, but the taste is next level in comparison. The following day, eager to see what the city has to offer, we head to Akasuka to see the ...
... I'm told this tends to be a good sign when speaking of ramen).
Moved on, needed beer and more to eat. Lonely Planet guided me to a network of tiny alleys each with food bars, many of sell specialise in yakitori (skewers). Ran in, ate skewer with I think beef, drank beer, observed local populace, carried on.
On the corner of Yasukuni-dori and Shinjuku-dori I see people waiting for some kind of live music to play. I'm really hoping it's the ...
... another museum. I had an excellent traditional Japanese meal of noodles and meat at Roppongi square and enjoyed the modern art museum and the hustle and bustle of the city's busiest mall complexes.
Taking it easy on day three did leave me with a very full schedule for day four, the last full day I had to go and explore the city and cross off the other sights on my list. Fortunately though, the fever had left me, the cold didn't get through to me, and on a very sunny ...