Japan 2019 Day 9 - Tokyo WestsideMar 6, 2019 4 min read
Tokyo escape with the Lemon family.
Featuring the serene Yoyogi Park’s Meiji Shrine, the trendy Harajuku, an anime art gallery, and tuna in Shinjuku.
H-Hey, it’s been a while since I updated this blog…a couple years actually. I got frustrated with my photo editing workflow then I got obsessed with vtubers and now I’m starting to forget why I took some of these photos h-haha.
Anyway, lemme re-read what happened on the previous day…Ah, right…
I was in Osaka, felt ill from lack of sleep then packed to return to Tokyo to meet up with my parents.
Wew, both me and my parents were so tired from our respective holidays so far that we all passed out for like 11 hours. The beds in this Ibis hotel were softer than you’d usually find in a Japanese hotel, we just sank right in. Feel so refreshed ~(￣▽￣)~
The restaurant we’re going to ended up being a bit of a walk. Shinjuku is big…
Found this place online where you can fish for your own meal and have it prepared fresh. Thought it sounded kinda fun but turns out they only offer that during the evening dinner service.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
I tried to visit this place before in 2014 with RokoNoe but…
Hey, it’s the Gherkin
The observation deck is free but the views aren’t particularly interesting.
There’s a cafe up here with supposedly better views but you need to order something to enter.
As you step through the torii gates the sights and sound of the city are replaced with tranquility.
Fun fact! The forest in Yoyogi Park is manmade. Over 100,000 trees were donated from all over Japan.
The light at the end of the tunnel.
Couple Camphor Trees
The 2 trees are tied together by a sacred rope to represent the love between the emperor and his wife.
On display are over 200 sake barrels from famous breweries across the country in addition to a bunch of wine barrels imported from France. The emperor liked to drink.
(And something about how the emperor helped spread western culture throughout the country.)
I got a “Croquant Chou”, a crispy pastry filled with custard cream, from Zaku Zaku.
It’s like a cream puff in the shape of a stick. Really oishii/10. Only ¥250 too.
I’m drooling just looking at these photos again.
I got a crepe. Crepe/10.
Despite the name Santa Monica Crepes, they didn’t really have anything to do with America.
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando
Somewhere between Harajuku and Shibuya
pixiv WAEN GALLERY
The artist on display that week was En Morikura.
“Oh, hey, it’s all those images I saved before.”
Ooh, these actually look pretty nice. Cool poses.
I can clarify on this a little w
this is Conomi, a school uniform specialty store
they don’t supply schools specifically but their stuff is made to the same quality spec as real uniform
intended to be worn for fashion, or alternatively to be worn by students whose schools only enforce a dress code and not a specific uniform
so it’s like
both real and not real at the same time
Woops, it had gotten dark, didn’t intend to stick around for so long. Better head back.
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando
Shame it’s our last night in Shinjuku. There’s still so much to do here.
I had wanted to extend our stay to the whole duration of my parents’ trip but this was my one hotel booking that didn’t allow amendments.
I already have a place in mind for tonight’s dinner. Arriving early before the show incase they’re fully booked. It’s a weekday so we should be fine.
Maguro Shoten is an all-tuna restaurant. Hope you like tuna with your tuna.
Maguro Shoten, or The Tuna Demolition Show Restaurant.
Show’s starting, gather round, children.
They show the process of butchering a bluefin tuna, and presumably all sorts of other fun facts but I don’t speak Japanese. English captions scroll by on the ticker in the corner but it’s not synced up to anything and I get the feeling it’s missing a lot of the show.
The show happens every day in the evening and it’s free. It was so lively with everybody gathering round in the centre of the restaurant, all clapping and cheering.
Rock-paper-scissors competition to decide who gets the bits scraped from between the bones.
And the winner is…
Uh, I don’t think my mum knew what was going on… She was just going with the crowd and kept throwing hands even after she had already lost and nobody noticed since we were at the back.
My mum: We didn’t order this.
Me: It’s uh complimentary, don’t worry about it.
In hindsight, it makes sense that the tuna cutting would re-stock everything.
Overall, the food was good. I’d come back if I ever find myself in Shinjuku again.
I always the worry that these kind of places will be a tourist trap but prices were reasonable.
NO PRIPARA NO LIFE
I never got into Million Live.
But I have been following an Artist who has been drawing Nao (eating everything) for over 7 years now.
His very first upload to Pixiv was even a drawing of Nao eating something. His art sure has improved.
The infamous network of alleys crammed with hundreds of tiny bars that seat 6 people at most.
It’s just like my Yakuza games.
A lot of the bars we walked past had “MEMBERS ONLY” and “NO FOREIGNERS” signs.
Not the friendliest place for non-locals to walk through although some bars were welcoming of tourists with english menus out front.
Let’s drink here.
Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane)
Also called Piss Alley, named after that time in the 1940s when this street was filled with unlicensed bars that didn’t even have the plumbing for toilets.
Unlike Golden Gai, there’s lots of eateries too. I didn’t try anything on that day but I read this is a good place to get yakitori. One day I’ll be back…
This may be my favourite photo from the whole trip. So cool~
Memory Lane is a fitting name. After a fire burnt it down in the 90s, the local government rebuilt it just as it was before to retain that comfortable nostalgic feeling, and now with toilets.
*chucks onto the loot pile*