Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dancing Sushi

Yuka-san and I went to Shimokitazawa for some sushi and vintage clothing shopping. We got some dancing sushi.

This sushi is nigiri roe. It's like a strip of bacon made of fish eggs. Delicious.

The sushi is made by the chef and it rotates around the bar with the prices marked on the sign. The chef will make anything to order for you but mostly people just take what is offered on the conveyor belt.
This is a type of fish with eel sauce on it.

I think this one is the California roll. Looks different than it does in the USA right?

I loved their salmon. See the wasabi peeking out from under the fish?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jimbe Pete says howdy!


Yuka-san got me this really cool jimbe for my birthday.

Coming up next: Shimokitazawa, square-dancing sushi, Mr. Donut, Harajuku, Uniqlo, back to Aikihabra, Kita-Senju and of course Snoopy.

Tommy Lee Jones!


It wouldn't be a vacation in Japan without an appearance from Tommy Lee Jones.

Some food in Hakone

I'm having tempura shrimp and vegetables with miso soup. My dessert is like a cube of soba noodle with whip cream on top. Delicious.



Yuka is having tempura shrimp with cold soba noodles. That green fish looking thing on the grater is fresh wasabi.

Both were served with oolong tea.

Kitty-chan

Hello Kitty called Kitty-chan in Japan was everywhere. She is wearing the unique pattern of Hakone. I was beat by Hello Kitty's bodyguards shortly after this photo was taken.

Hakone rope way is fun!


The Hakone rope way takes you from Odawara to Lake Ashi to ride the pirate ships.







It's Bull from Night Court. No...that's bull.





Hotel Kawai-en and Yunessun

Hotel Kawai-en is a mountain hotel resort. It had a really nice mori no yu which is a private onsen with the sexes separated.


They had owls...
I can't believe they allowed me to stay in their lovely hotel with my Dr. Fate shirt on.

Yuka-san and I had a wonderful buffet brunch and hit the hot tub water park called Yunessun. They had all these crazy huge onsen hot tubs with different smells: coffee, green tea, sake, strawberry wine and original recipe. Plus, they had water slides, roman baths, a huge inside onsen that had a rain storm every 60 minutes and a foot path of destruction. None of which I took pictures of. You have to take Cousin Pete's word for it.


The green tea onsen was the best!

Why did I take pictures of the signs? Well... cameras were discouraged inside the water park.

Once I left my board shorts smelled funky like Bootsy Collins' bass riffs in the 70's. I think it was the pizza onsen that did it.

Romance car to Hakone


Yuka-san and I took a romance car to Hakone, which is outside of Tokyo by a few hours. This chopstick box represents the romance car but instead of chopsticks, imagine me inside the blue train.

Here's me:



Hakone is the kind of place where you can't help but relax. We stayed at the Hotel Kawai-en, which was super beautiful 3000.


2nd visit to Japan - September 2010


Wow! When I said see you next time to Japan I had no idea that next time would only be five months later.

I got this nice little apartment on the riverside in Kayabacho through Hikari House, this weekly mansion rental company that is friendly with Americans. I found the price to be really nice and the fact that I had my own bathroom AND shower really made me happy. Plus, my weekly mansion was right off the Hibiya Line!

I had all these really cool boats outside my front door.