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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Japan day 3

Saturday, April 3, 2010
Tsukiji, Ikebukuro, Harajuku, Shibuya, Meguro

Not so many pictures today, today was mainly an eating and shopping fest. Once again we were up at 4 in the morning so at 6:30 we decided to walk to Tsukiji. It was only a mile away so we thought we'd build up our appetite for some sushi and beer for breakfast.
Later that morning we hopped on the subway to Ikebukuro because Marvin recommended going to a place called Namjatown for some gyoza. He failed to tell us that to get into Namjatown there was an admission fee, and that we couldn't even read the signs to get in there. Hey Marv, don't you know that we're too cheap for that?? We decided to walk around Ikebukuro and Sunshine City instead.
Randy went into an electronics store to look for new headphones. This is what he ran into...there were about 4 different sections like this! All of them were headphones!! Talk about overwhelming!!
I was also on a mission to find some stuff that Kathy wanted me to pick up for her from Hello Kitty. ..
For lunch we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Negishi. Beware if you click on the link, it's in Japanese so you may have to download google translator or something. It's a chain of restaurants that specializes in beef tongue and other grilled meats
Randy ordered the beef stew
and I ordered the tongue. It also comes with a very light oxtail soup in a clear broth with green onions...yummy!
Another hello kitty store...this one was in Tobu department store
It always amazes me how disciplined the Japanese are. Everywhere you go, people are patiently standing in line, single file. On the escalators, the right side is for people walking up only.
We weren't gonna eat dinner but we couldn't pass up the chance to eat at our favorite tonkatsu restaurant, Tonki....sorry, it's in Japanese again! We weren't even hungry after all of that but they don't open for lunch on Sundays so we had no choice since we leave tomorrow. It's a very easy restaurant to find if you know the area, but if not, here's how to get here:
Get off at Meguro station, and go out the West exit. This is what the west exit looks like from the outside.
When you look down the street, this is what you should see:
Walk down a couple of blocks and on the left you should see this Pachinko parlor
Right next to the pachinko parlor, is a little tonkatsu shop.
It was another exhausting day, but this time I made it to midnight! It's now time for me to go to bed, I'll see you guys soon!! Oh, I saw this guy on TV today and I thought he was handsome. He actually looked better on TV than on this poster.

11 comments:

Betty Townsend said...

Looks like another fun day in Japan. That electronics store looks amazing, you could get lost in there!

jalna said...

Just taking a quick peek before I dash off to try my hand at videoing. I'll check back again later tonight, but just wanted to say that your photos are looking awesome!! The food look ono!

Les said...

Hi Betty! Yah, I'm sad that this adventure has to come to an end, but my belly will thank me for finally giving it a rest! That store was incredible. That was only one floor! We didn't even attmept to go to the other ones!

Jalna - Didn't get to take too many pics yesterday, you know who was starting to get annoyed. That's ok though cause by the time we get back to the hotel I'm so exhausted that I'm dreading the PP and the blog! See you soon!!

Yosh808 said...

OMG...isn't it like 500 yen for Namja Town? hahaha...If you eat enough Gyoza...it totally makes up for it. I thought it was super cheap...but that's just me. =\

Les said...

hahaha! I told you I couldn't read the signs! They were all in kanji and had all different kinds of prices on it. I could've sworn I saw 1500 yen or something like that. Maybe that was some kind of yearly pass??

Yosh808 said...

Uhh...gross!

http://twitpic.com/1d67uh

Just thought this goes with your Peeps in Japan and Sushi stuff. Hhaa

Les said...

hahaha! I know! I just saw that earlier today too...so funny yah!

Erick said...

That fish market is suppose to be really big. I like that tonkatsu restaurant, the food looks so good. Nice shooting!

Les said...

Thanks Erick...the tonkatsu was good! yummmmm

chi said...

I thoroughly enjoyed looking through all your Japan photos, Les! Thanks for sharing! Makes me want to go! Do you or Randy speak Japanese? Can one get around even without speaking the language? Did you see my boyfriend Takeshi Kaneshiro?!!!

Les said...

hahaha! Thanks Chi! Is that his name? I saw him on tv while we were there...he's a cutie! Did you see the guy I liked? I don't even know his name but he was hot!

Don't worry about not speaking the language, there's English everywhere (well the important places that is!). Subways and stuff are super easy to get around and most of the food places we just point to the menu or use the vending machines...I'll give you more info at dinner! :)