New Neighborhood Japanese

28 10 2016

I was going to take my parents out for sushi for the “Respect for the Aged Day” (which is not a customary thing to do but I’m just being nice to my folks).  We went to line up at our usual sushi joint a little before 5 pm on a Saturday evening before the place opened and was saddened to discover that the line was already too long.  As predicted, we could not get in.  With no plan B, we started to look for another sushi place nearby but instead stumbled upon this lovely restaurant run by a fishmonger whose shop is in the front with the restaurant’s entrance being on a back street only accessible on foot.






Frozen Beer and More

26 07 2016

The evening in Shibuya in an izakaya situated on the 8th floor of the building you see in the middle of the first picture here started out with this drink.  It was a couple of Fridays ago.


Frozen beer (half regular, half dark) and it’s a bit difficult to drink with the smoothie-like foam on top.

It was good and it wasn’t the problem but when I moved onto saké (lots of), beer again, a beer cocktail, and rum (lots), by the end of the evening, I knew I clearly had too much to drink.

Had a hangover for the first time in years the next day bad enough to cancel my gym appointment.

The bar we went to after dinner. The name sounded right.

The bar we went to after dinner. Looked and sounded fine and it was but…

Still learning…!!

June Sushi!

4 07 2016

A short month for me for being away in Europe but due to the scheduled Father’s Day, more sushi than usual.  Happy.

Father’s Day sushi

Lunching at my desk at work

Lunching at my desk at work

The second visit of the month to my sushi joint with two of my best friends from school.

Izakaya sushi

Izakaya sushi

Afghan Dining in Tokyo

27 04 2016

My two good friends and I tried an Afghan restaurant a couple of weeks ago as part of our monthly experience of “eat-the-world” in Tokyo get-together.

The restaurant offered Asian dishes that were not necessarily Afghan as well but we tried to stick to our theme though the cheese platter had nothing to do with that.  And the seared lamb seemed a bit more Japanese than Afghan.

Became packed quickly.

The main dining room became packed quickly. There was more seating in the back with tables and chairs.

PAO Caravan Sarai

Fave Japanese in Hiroo

24 02 2016

Business dinner from last week with a visiting US company at one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in town, in Hiroo to be exact.


There were a couple of other dishes I did not capture.  All good including the sake.



Girls’ Reunion!

29 01 2016

It was a girls’ reunion with ex and current colleagues last week.  One of them I probably had not seen in more than 15 years while I get together with a couple of them on a monthly basis.  In any event, it was like the old days and fun fun fun all around.



We were eight.  A couple of us including myself are not pictured.

Happy almost 30 years of knowing each other (for me and I was the youngest)!

A Trip to Nagoya, the First Job of the New Year

13 01 2016

The only time I had ever been to Nagoya in my life was when I was in high school to participate in a softball game.  And we went on a school bus lent out to us by another school (as we didn’t own one).  We “home-stayed” in our opponent’s homes.  We lost.

So the trip on January 4th before work resumed seemed like I was visiting the city for the first time and I was going to enjoy it.

First the shinkansen travel.  Yay.

I went prepared.

And had the view.



And out to work in the evening.

The following morning was free time.  More yay.


Wandered into a Hokkaido food fair in a department store.

Tried one of the three soft serves offered with a slightly disappointing result.


Time to go home.

The Nagoya specialty “Hitsumabushi” on the ride home.


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Domestic travel ain’t bad.

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