I think we overdid it on Day 2. My feet are killing me from so much walking! But it was all worth it. We started the day exchanging currency. We brought cash with us. Banks typically offer better exchange rates than the small exchange kiosks. Looks like travelers checks would have given an additional advantage.
First stop was Roppongi. We intended on going to Muji but they were closed. So instead we bought a department store bento and had a very yummy lunch. Walked around a bit and got a good view of Tokyo tower in the distance.
Next stop was Shibuya. My travel buddy needed an extra layer – it was really cold. So we knew that Uniqlo would have something guaranteed. And they did. In fact we walked out with 3 big shopping bags!!! We made sure to visit Hachiko. He is so cute. What devotion.
We will be back to Shibuya. This was just a tease. So much more shopping to do. Come on feet you can make it. がんばれ.
T-minus 39 days and counting. Today’s birthday wish is to visit…
I am particularly excited to see Tsukiji Market before it is moved to its new location. Their move has been delayed but just the same it is a now-or-never experience. There are actually 5 wishes for the Tsukiji district:
- Tsukiji Market – You might have expected my first stop to be Harajuku, and for all I know it might be, but I am truly elated to, after all these years, stroll the fish market. I am a pescatarian after all and rather fond of Life’s Sweet Essential – Food.
- Namiyoke Inari Shrine – My travel buddy might not be as into this as me, but I just adore all the temples and shrines. I can’t wait to see the big Lioness (shishi) that represent the Gods Inari and Benzaiten.
- Hamarikyu Garden – I am very hopeful that I will be able to get a glimpse of the end of Cherry Blossom season. While I will be there late in the season, I am sure that the garden will still have plenty of spring flora to offer.
- Tsukiji Honganji Temple – I love that Japan has balanced both the Shinto and Buddhist pantheons in such harmony. In particular, this temple has me intrigued for its additional influence from Indian Hinduism.
- Tamasushi Kitaro Tsukiji – This sushi restaurant looks out of this world! Their website makes me drool just thinking about the sushi that awaits us.
Links: Tsukiji English Site | Market Guide
Note to self: I should try and collect charms and phone straps as a way to commemorate the trip.
You know how I mentioned the other day that I signed up for emails from the Japanese Culinary Center. Well it has already paid off. Heading out in a little while to Megu for a Dassai sake tasting dinner!
Here’s a caption from the email:
“Dassai, one of Japan’s most sought-after sake breweries in Japan, crafts only ultra premium Junmai Daiginjo [Sheri’s heart begins to melt] sake made exlusively from Yamada Nishiki rice, the finest sake rice available from Hyogo Prefecture.”
The event is limited to 20 guests. I am very excited we were able to get tickets. Looking forward to mingling and meeting new people. Well and am elated to enjoy a 5 course meal at Megu!!!
Exquisite interior featuring the Lord Buddha in center stage at Megu in NY.
Credits: Dassai flyer photo from Japanese Culinary Center’s email campaign; dining room photo from megurestaurants.com.