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Remember that old SNL sketch from the ’90s where Chris Kattan played Antonio Banderas as the host of a talk show?  And every time he tried to unbutton his shirt, the members of his band would plead with him to stop, because he was too sexy?  Well that’s how I feel about Tokyo at this point.  It needs to stop, because it’s clearly too sexy.

Want an amazing view of Tokyo?  You could go up the Tokyo Tower and spend a whopping 1600 yen (!), or you could visit the Tokyo Skytree, which costs as much as 3090 yen (!!!) to go all the way to the top.

Tokyo City Hall in Tokyo, Japan

Or!  Go to Tokyo City Hall, spend a grand total of zero dollars, and get an absolutely magnificent view of the city.

You’ve probably noticed from some of my posts, but there are lines everywhere here.  Everywhere.

They don’t bother me all that much (and in fact, sometimes I’ll seek out a line since it’s a fairly reliable indicator that a restaurant is serving tasty food).  But I was going to Kanda Matsuya, a really well-regarded restaurant that’s been serving up soba noodles for over 130 years.  There was no possible way there wasn’t going to be a line.

One of those things that’s huge in Asia and virtually unheard of in the west is putting beans in desserts.  It’s a little bit off-putting at first, but then you quickly realize it’s delicious and wonder why you haven’t spent your whole life eating beany sweets.

The food at Disneyland/DisneySea in Tokyo was shockingly good.  I was expecting something along the lines of Disneyland Paris, which was pretty much nothing but boring theme park staples like chicken strips, hot dogs, and hamburgers.

Instead, there was a veritable cornucopia of interesting  (and surprisingly delicious) treats.  It was so amazing that I felt compelled to write a whole post about it.  So buckle up, because here’s a breakdown of everything I ate in both parks (it’s interesting, trust me!  No?  Everyone stopped reading several sentences ago? Yeah, I get it).