Well, it’s been a fun two weeks in Japan and, while I’d hoped the time away would prove restful, I’m actually more wound up and stressed out now than I was upon my arrival two weeks ago. My bid to “get away from it all” proved fabulously unsuccessful. And so I’ll return, vexed, seething, and extremely cantankerous. Woe to those who choose to get on my bad side. I’m gearing up for battle!
Or, if you prefer the classics…
Let’s do this!
Well, for our last day of fun, Akemi and I hit a bunch of places…
And early(ish) morning walk through Tsukiji. Check out the levels of marbling on that wagyu!
Soba lunch in Omotesando at a restaurant that was nowhere near as popular as the others in the neighborhood with their snaking lines, but was delicious nevertheless.
A little shopping in Ginza.
A terrific final dinner at Sushi Taichi, located down a dark, sketchy-looking alley in Ginza.
Then, hey, just like old times! A stopover at Star Bar for a drink.
Yoshida-san recognized me despite my three year absence.
Then, a short walk to Star Bar’s second Ginza location, Star Bar Ties where our old friend Yamasaki-san was helming the bar.
We cap our evening with a late night snack in the form of sake-kasu cheesecake in a cup. We had six to choose from, eventually going with the one described as: “Sweet and refreshing flavor. And a lot of females like it.” (according to Akemi). Winner!
Another farewell – this one to Toshiba-san who has been taking great care of us at the hotel for many years.
Okay, off for lunch at Chikuyotei, one of Akemi’s favorite eel restaurants, then check-out, the 90 minute ride to the airport, the two hour wait to board, the eight and a half hour flight, and, finally, back in Vancouver for 9:35 a.m. (1:35 a.m. Tokyo time) refreshed and ready to start my day!
Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular maggiemayday. Wishing you a speedy recovery!