Plane Boy will eat anything.
03.06.2010 - 03.06.2010 22 °C
What a fantastic afternoon we just had with Miki and Takashi! After a leisurely wander through the luxurious food section of Tokyu department store on our own this morning, we decided to be a bit Aussie and give the old Golden Arches a go. Maccadonaldos wa chotto! We had to eat there once, just to see what it was like, and now have no urge to eat there again for some time. Boring!
Miki (who stayed with Plane Boy's family on student exchange some years ago) met us at 2pm and took us via train to Ueno district for some fabulous market shopping. People, food and bargains everywhere! Didn't actually buy much but are very happy with the few items we did purchase - better than Chatachak!
Then we had a beer or two in the tiny basement of a coffee bar - tres chic. More wandering led us to the famous 'youth district' (damn, forgotten its name!) where trendy young things in bizarre clothing wander about looking oh-so-hip. Nerdia was very tempted to buy some bizarre clothing (when in Rome, wear a toga) but resisted. All resistance was left at the door of the 100 yen shop, however, and much retail therapy was undertaken.
The next stop was Kiddie Land. Five storeys of kitsch toys - nerd paradise. Nerdia was enraptured by the plastic dissectible animals and handheld digital microscope (always thinking of work?!) but decided to let it go, while Plane Boy's attention was diverted by the glow-in-the-dark desktop ball run and laser-guided wall-climbing racing car. No Invader Zim merchandise though.
By now Miki's boyfriend Takashi was waiting for us at the local sushi bar. This was loads of fun, shouting our orders in Japanese to the sushi chef in the middle of the tiny restaurant while sample plates with prices tootled past on the conveyor belt (they are made to order so they stay fresh). There was an English menu, plus cute little pictures on the green tea mugs, but no spoken English. Plane Boy impressed all and sundry by tackling - nay, enjoying - the very two dishes Takashi said Westerners never like: sea urchin and the dreaded natto (fermented bean curd). Plus he ate some horsemeat for good measure.
We talked and talked until we realised the time and got out before they kicked us out. Now we're off to sleep off the big day and plan for tomorrow. Laurie and Trevor will be delighted to hear that Miki and Takashi want to visit us all in Perth soon, probably during next year's AFL season so Takashi can see a new sport and Miki can see Mum yelling bad words at umpires!
Sayonara from Tokyo,
Nerdia and Plane Boy.