I am on vacation, so I am not paying huge attention to the papal visit. That’s what vacation is for, right?
Since my hosts and traveling companions are foodies, we are exploring traditional foods along with the wonders of the “food halls” in the famous departments stores. In one place on the Ginza, we had a pre-lunch snack of fresh figs and iberico ham. If you can think of it, you can probably find it in these food halls.
If you haven’t been in one of these food halls, you simply can’t grasp the range of items and the beauty of the displays. Among the various things we saw were $30K single bottles of French wine and Wagyu steaks for some $300/lbs. However, fantastic box lunches and other prepared foods might run as little $5. It would be interesting to have an apartment here for a month and simply eat from the food halls, getting both fresh produce (unreal) and wonderful prepared foods.
Tearing ourselves away, we headed to lunch.
We started with a chilled tomato salad.
A4 wagyu beef.
Pickles to pick at while working.
In the evening we heading via a couple subways to Nakamegura to go to an izakaya, lots of locals. We sat at the counter near the grill on which everything is prepared. You order small dishes, rather like tapas.
Whole onion from the grill.
Each evening, large pieces of bonito are ritually charred over rice straw. Everyone gets into the action.
That was a small sample.
I am enjoying coming up with my own interpretations of the PSAs in the subway.
I think this one says: “When you are really drunk and need to throw up, lean far out over the track and try to hit the train’s windshield.”
Just a guess. Can you do better?
Shop names are amusing, too. My favorite so far is a little trinket place in the subway called “Three Coins Ooops”. I am reminded of Ingrish.
We have a mere few days here. I’d like to see Kabuki theatre at the Kabukiza and, if possible, look at a couple ham radio stores. I hear they are amazing. Our my window I can see a shrine where the Tokugawa rulers are interred. I believe we also have a sumo match on the schedule.