I love Japanese department stores – not only for the quality and scope of their products, their terrific customer service, and their impeccable gift-wrapping, but for the little things.  Like the fact that, right around closing time, they always play Auld Lang Syne to let everyone know it’s time to clear out.  And, I discovered today, the fact that they play Tear Drops Keep Falling on My Head to inform the staff it’s raining outside and to offer customers plastic bags for their purchases.  And, I also discovered today from Akemi who used to work at Takashimaya, that they also have a special theme song they play whenever suspected shoplifters are in the store to warn their employees to be extra vigilant.  Akemi can’t remember what, exactly, is played, but I suspect it’s either Take the Money and Run by Steve Miller or the theme from The Fugitive.

September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

Japan has the creepiest department store babies.  It’s like an elderly man put on a onesie and crawled into a child seat, just waiting to be noticed.

Our last full day in Japan draws to a close and, tomorrow, we’re Vancouver-bound. I made the most of it by packing in another couple of great meals – and various snacks.

September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

Following last night’s 40+ piece sushi extravaganza, we had a comparatively more restrained – but no less delicious and interesting – lunch at Sushi Tsu in Roppongi.  Chef Daisuke Fujinaga, a former private chef to the Chinese President, has sushi preparation down to a science, continuously testing and refining his process to deliver optimum taste, texture, and flavor combinations.  I sampled a number of preparations I’ve never tried before and look forward to coming back and trying the dinner menu when Chef really lets loose.

September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

We dropped by Akemi’s favorite chocolate shop, La Maison du Chocolat, for a little snack: two types of chocolate macarons and a pistachio (and chocolate) macaron for me.

September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

Then we tracked down the Only In Japan For A Limited Time Only Kuro Burger – that basically tasted like a slightly saltier, more peppery cheeseburger.

September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

Then we hopped on the metro where I snapped this picture of a print ad for what I believe is a hair removal clinic.

September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

Then back to d’un rarete in Omotesando for some baked goods.

September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

Our haul…

September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

I had a little work to do this afternoon and so, while I was holed-up in my hotel room, Akemi went shopping.

September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

And bought me a pistachio-heavy assortment from Wako.

After distributing various gifts to some of our Tokyo friends (Moro-san at Pierre Marcolini Cafe, the gang at Star Bar, the hotel personnel who coordinated our various outings), we ended the evening with Akem’s sister, Hiromi, and her husband, Hiroshi, at Esquisse where we enjoyed a tremendous (another) tremendous dinner.

And, that’s that.  We’ll squeeze in one more lunch tomorrow and then we catch a 5:00 p.m. flight out of Narita that should get us into Vancouver for 10:00 a.m. local time.  I plant to sleep through the entire 9 hour flight and reach Canada well-rested and ready for my various conference calls and script reads.  Things are about to get real busy, real fast…

16 thoughts on “September 20, 2014: Japan Day #10!

  1. It’s Sep 20 here, and I am thinking of our Anne Teldy (Kelly) who left this Earth 2 years ago today. 🙁

    I’ll catch up on the blogs this weekend.

  2. I’m sad to see this adventure coming to an end. For some reason I have enjoyed this trip more than your other trips. I can’t quite put my finger on why that is. Was it you flexing your word wizardry muscle? Or is it because of the daunting list of tasks I have to get done in and around our new home and I have been escaping with you through your vacation? Either way, I am looking forward to your new adventure in Toronto. Hopefully it’s a better experience than last time.

    One more thing, I’d like to throw my suggestion out for casting. Ben Browder. I love that guy. The characters he played for Farscape and SG1 are some of my favorites. I think he is one of the best at delivering both humor and serious moments without either of them feeling forced. Hopefully there is a Colonel Mitchell type character in your show!

  3. Have a great trip back, you two! I’m sure the pups will be so glad to see you. When is it you have to head to TO? November? I can’t remember.

  4. What is that dark mass laying atop the Kuro Burger? A quick glance at that image and it looks like a river turtle.
    I doubt you will sleep on the return flight, so I wouldn’t plan on it. Get rested before you leave.

    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful images and stories from your latest Japan journey! Wishing you and Akemi a safe trip back home.


  5. Looks like you had a great haul to end your visit. Wow though, does not seem like 10 days already! Travel safely. Good luck on that “sleep the whole way” idea.

  6. Safe journey, this was a fast trip, scary looking baby, wonderful looking deserts,,yum! Thanks for sharing it all.

  7. ….that they also have a special theme song they play whenever suspected shoplifters are in the store to warn their employees to be extra vigilant. Akemi can’t remember what, exactly, is played, but I suspect it’s either Take the Money and Run by Steve Miller or the theme from The Fugitive.

    or possibly the theme from mission impossible.

    i’m not sure what any of that stuff from the bakery is, but i want one of each. even if it has nuts in it. not allergic, just not a fan of nuts.

  8. that kuro burger looks quite a bit more scary than their staged ad… especially the cheese which looks like dried up plastic

    on the other hand… all the baked goods and chocolate look amazing

  9. I just couldn’t eat one of those Kuro Burgers. That is so horrible looking.
    Love Akemi’s Wako haul. This trip seemed a little short. Can’t believe it is already over. No Robot Restaurant? Darn! Have a safe flight back.

  10. Sounds like you and Akemi had another great adventure in Japan! I can’t believe it’s already been 10 days. It must have flown by for you.

    I do hope you get some sleep on the way home. Doesn’t sound like you’re going to get much over the next few months.

    Wishing you both a safe trip.

  11. Nice haul! For a minute, I thought the Kuro burger was a turtle. Maybe it’s time to get my glasses checked.

  12. Wow, would not that doll in the kid seat be cool. Just think, you could earn the money back buy driving in the HOV lanes on your way to work, and for that really funny gag, leave it in the back seat on a summer day. (No, not serious! But the doll does have that creepiness.)
    I agree with you Joe. When traveling out of NRT, I will take an Exedren P.M. to help me rest. It is a jump on that jet lag recovery. (HDN IS a bit different as the flight leaves around midnight.)

    I am in an agreement with Brent with regards to Ben Browder. I haven’t seen much of him since Sg-1.

  13. I agree with Ben Browder. The macarons look great. And I’m sure you’re home by now and having your Thanksgiving feast.

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