Akemi is so adorable. She’s apparently been in Canada so long that she’s forgotten what it’s like to live in Tokyo.
“Tell me when you see a garbage can,”she said, waving the empty can she was holding.
A garbage can? On the streets of Ginza? You’re more likely to come across Godzilla.
The plan was to catch the metro to Roppongi so that we could check out the always entertaining Mori Art Museum. Unfortunately, it turned out the museum was closed – so we had to entertain ourselves through alternate means:
We were looking at an 8:00 p.m. dinner reservation at Faro and I needed something to tide me over. Beside the chocolates and choux. Curiously, I was in the mood for – of all things – fruit! I suppose it shouldn’t come as a surprise given that, despite my eating habits when I’m away, I eat fairly sensibly on the home front. For instance, my post morning work-out lunch always consists of a shake comprised of one banana, half a cup of blueberries, another miscellaneous fruit (half a papaya, a whole pear, a couple of figs), almond milk, and oatmeal. Apparently, my body NEEDS fruit.
Sigh. I must be getting old.
Last night, we took in a late dinner at one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Ginza: Faro. Joining us for the unsurprisingly excellent meal was Akemi’s good friend, Harumi.
This morning, Akemi had the most interesting breakfast…
Not to be outdone…
Akemi had an appointment this morning and, once she finished up, I ended up meeting her in Omotedsando where we had lunch at Yasai-Ya Me, a restaurant specializing in vegetarian cuisine (although, curiously, I found pork and chicken on the menu as well). I noticed that clientele was overwhelmingly women. I was the only guy in the restaurant with the exception of some poor sap no doubt dragged in by his girlfriend.
Akemi ordered a carbonated vinegar soda that is apparently a great antioxidant. I went with an anti-aging tea (and feel younger already!).
I was also served two soups, one of which boasted an intense yuzu (Japanese citrus similar to a lemon) flavor.
We worked off lunch by taking a stroll through Omotesando and hitting all the cultural hotspots (ie. Pierre Herme, Jean-Paul Hevin, and La Maison du Chocolat).
Tonight, dinner with our old friend (and sushi master) Sawada-san.
Watching the updates on the storm hitting the east coast. For those of you in the impact area, stay safe and let us know how you’re doing.