Featuring Golden Gai
03.05.2016 - 06.05.2016 25 °C
Japan...bright lights, wild nights and a whole lot of sushi. Japan was good to us and I will definitely be back someday. We are currently on the plane headed to Hanoi, Vietnam to continue this crazy journey through southeast Asia. Part of me is just happy to be moving on because the food is just too good in Japan. I'm afraid of what would happen to my waistline if i stayed any longer! We lost a bit of weight in China and Korea, gained a bit in Japan. Probably gonna lose again in Vietnam from the hot sun, our bodies are starting to say "can you just choose a damn weight please?"
We visited the Tokyo tower last night which was pretty cool, it looks just like the Eiffel tower in Paris. I don't know which Eiffel tower copied the other, seems a bit sketchy to me though Stopped for dinner along the way because my stomach was beginning to eat itself. Sat down in this restaurant that has private rooms, similar to the tea shop I spoke about in China. No one in there possibly because it looked like it was run by the Yakuza We sat down, they gave us some delicious raw duck as an appetizer. Tempura chicken, salad, and some sushi and boy was it abusively delicious. It provided us the energy we needed to continue on the journey. Around the corner and down the block was this Japanese Eiffel tower I speak of, it was a sight to behold. The colors radiating off the structure lit the night sky, it's beauty could only be surpassed by the view from the top. Looking down at the night skyline of Tokyo turned out to be a magnificent choice despite my skepticism of climbing these types of towers. You see, I have scaled many a similar tower to this one including ones like the CN tower in Toronto, the old Sears tower in Chicago and the Rocafellar in NYC to name a few. To me, a building is a building and a skyline is a skyline. However, the NIGHT view of this Tokyo skyline was well worth the sheckles Erin paid on my behalf for entry through these gates The lights, the buildings, the razzle dazzle that this city boasts is what sets it apart from the others. You can really see just how big and beautiful this city is...from the top.
Tokyo was mostly a blur for us due to our first night there. We took a trip down to the Golden Gai district where the youthful 20 year olds occasionally indulge in a beverage or two. However before going there we actually started our night at Zauo Shinjuku, where boys become men by catching their own dinner. The restaurant is designed in the shape of a boat with the tables all aligned evenly on the vessel. A small stream runs along the perimeter where different types of fish swim happily, not knowing the fate that will befall them. You arm yourself with a small fishing pole and cast your bait into the stream in the hopes of catching some of the freshest sushi you will ever taste. If you're lucky, dinner will be served quickly. If not, I suggest you bring some extra cash for appetizers. After about 30 minutes of hunting and a few beers deep, I caught the king kraken mother of all sea bass and Erin caught what it would normally eat for breakfast. We had our ritual hunters ceremony from the staff that is only delivered to us through 808 drums and we proceeded to feast on our kill. After dinner was over we went to Golden Gai where we met some Kiwis named Darren and Joe to have a night that was nothing short of "The Hangover" movie. Im sure Erin is actually still on some hotel roof somewhere in Japan holding 80 thousand dollars worth of casino chips oh wait no, just kidding Kathy your daughter is right next to me and was not on a hotel roof. It was actually the roof of a chinese dinner cruise ship because I hear the parties on those are crazy
Rob and Erin *Peace