I wanted to go on the Tower of Terror ride so bad, and climb all over the S.S. Columbia, but the wait times were in excess of 70 minutes… so I consoled myself with some popcorn – one batch was black pepper-flavoured, and another was milk tea. Weird, but good!
Shinjuku Golden Gai blew our minds and made us wish we had a babysitter! six tiny alleyways packed to the brim with even tinier bars for 4-6 people. I’m reliably informed you can order a beer and some metal music on the same menu and you can rock out in your cramped quarters. The doors looked like tiny fairy doors from an Enid Blyton book, only they were painted black and brown and had graffiti and stickers all over them. Punk fairy doors?
Even normal streets were terribly narrow and sidewalks even more so. If they hadn’t been so incredibly polite, I swear we would have been abused for daring to take a small stroller anywhere outdoors. As it was, we were restricted to the larger family-style eateries as most places were very small and compact. If you’re claustrophobic, I suggest you holiday elsewhere! I love cosy spaces so I was right at home. Even if Veggie Dad and I had to walk through the hallway in our room separately, never both at once… in fact, the only place we could both be in the same vicinity was the double bed! A crying baby seems eighty times louder in such confines. Still cute, though. The baby, not the crying.
Sunset over Mt Fuji from the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building was pretty special. The city stretches out for ever in every direction.
Sadly we couldn’t eat a lot of Japanese food, as there is meat and fish in everything. I figured we could eat tempura and just ask for veggies (yasai) instead of whatever they had. I learned how to say “I don’t eat meat” the last time we went to Japan in 2008, but they don’t see seafood as meat. (As an aside, that is usually the first question I get when people find out I’m vegetarian – “do you eat fish?” Why is this? Fish is an animal, no? If I’m vegetarian, why would I eat fish? Please explain!) After this dish was brought out with prawns and whitefish along with the veggies, I went home and learned how to say “I don’t eat meat or fish”!
There was still so much we didn’t see… just going to have to go again, I guess…
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