I was so lucky to get to visit Japan with my friend Robert for the premiere of Ghost In The Shell in Tokyo. I really enjoyed it! Have you seen it?
The cast and producers and such. That’s Scar-Jo in the gown, of course!
Oh no, there goes Tokyo! Go, go, go Godzilla! (Blue Oyster Cult). We stayed in the Shinjuku area which is akin to Times Square in NYC. Very busy and a little bit of “red light district” vibe if you know what I’m saying. Love Hotels, etc.
What do you think the Dream Office sells? We didn’t go in to find out.
Safety first, people!
Slots and Pachinko are big in Tokyo. I’m not a gambler but it was fun to see!
If you want to smoke outside in Tokyo, you have to stand in a cordoned off area, you can’t just walk around smoking, which I personally think is great! However, you also don’t see ANYONE walking around with coffee or beverages, maybe because there are no trash cans on the streets. Yet it is remarkably clean!
In the middle of chaos, a Cherry Blossom tree in bloom! We were about a week or so early for peak Cherry Blossom Season so we were thrilled!
The best breakfast spot World Breakfast All Day in Shibuya. It’s teeny tiny but totally delicious. See the waitress explaining the menu to me? When we were there the country special was Israel. As of this writing it is Switzerland. I want to go back!
Look at the little trailer full of toothpicks! I die!
This place looked terrifying to me! Now I’m sorry I didn’t go in. Who knew?
“Hey, Robert! Lemme in!”
School’s out and these girls are enjoying the most beautiful cotton candy in Harajuku.
Crepes, anyone? So much variety! This is not a vending machine, just a display case of options…there was another one with as many different options on the left. We didn’t get any, but stands like these are all over the city and I think we missed an opportunity. Next time for sure.
Cute shops everywhere in Harajuku and Shibuya.
Also vending machines are huge. This one has kitty purses as well as Bread-in-a-Can. Interesting combo.
Shutoku Honten was recommended to us…so we waited TWO HOURS in this alley to get in, wondering if we were crazy.
We were not. This is the whole restaurant. 10 seats at a sushi bar. With two amazing sushi chefs making your meal right in front of you, piece by piece. You choose a menu based on price and then you get what your chef gives you. There was NO soy sauce or wasabi involved in any of the sushi and it was not needed. In fact, it would have spoiled the flavors. A bit of special vinegar and some sea salt was occasionally sprinkled by the chef.
There were things that scared me… like this odd clam…
…which I gave to Robert. But most of it was amazing! Sea urchin rocked my world as did red snapper and scallop and eel.
We ventured outside Tokyo to go to Mt. Fuji and Owakudani. Our tour got guide got very excited that we glimpsed the peak! Apparently it is often covered with clouds.
In case you forgot…
Sufurous hot springs in Owakudani.
The sulfur makes the local hens lay these black eggs. Legend has it they prolong your life by 10 years each!
Black vanilla and wasabi ice cream. The wasabi was delicious. Not spicy, just tasty!
Bullet train back to Tokyo! A 2 hour trip becomes 30 minutes. Why don’t we have this in the U.S.?
What an amazing trip. I know I barely scratched the surface! Have you been? What would you see/do/stay? I want to go back soon!