At least I won’t starve

With the hotel restaurant not a viable food option on my yen-conscious budget, I set out Saturday morning in search of something to eat.

There’s a weird vibe to leaving the hotel in a foreign country where you don’t know your way around, don’t speak the language and don’t have a cell phone with non-WiFi internet. It’s a combination of “I really want to see EVERYTHING in Toyko” and “I really, really don’t want to get lost in this maze of back streets.” I’m sure astronauts feel something similar when they step out of the lunar lander.

Limiting myself to only a few turns, I walked for about 20 minutes on a narrow, one-lane road populated mostly with restaurants and bars. Once I’d passed a McDonalds, a Subway and a 7-Eleven, I knew this was the path to sustenance.

Noodles seemed like a relatively safe option, so I ducked into a soup bar located below the Bear Hug massage parlor. Just walking in the door, I’d already made my first mistake. Not in selecting the place — the food turned out to be cheap and delicious — but by entering before ordering.

The old man behind the counter led me back outside to a machine built into the wall of the restaurant where customers select which dish they want. Since there was no English anywhere, I led him to the sample display on an adjacent wall and pointed to a bowl of dark broth with thin brown noodles, an unidentified sliced meat and a poached egg.

Three minutes later, the bowl was in front of me. Taking a cue from the other diners — three Japanese men around my age and an older woman — I brought the bowl close to my face, slurped loudly and shoveled with chopsticks.

If returning a plate with uneaten food is a sign of disrespect to the chef in Japan, well, I definitely respected those noodles.

13 Comments

Love the stories! I am flying out to Tokyo tomorrow to catch the Opening Series and can’t wait to explore the city!

X

One more issue is really that video gaming has become one of the all-time
most significant forms of recreation for people of all
ages. Kids participate in video games, and adults do, too.
Your XBox 360 is amongst the favorite gaming systems for people who
love to have a huge variety of games available to them, in addition to who like to relax
and play live with people all over the world. Many thanks for sharing your opinions.

Right here is the right webpage for everyone who wanbts
to find out about this topic. You understand a whole lot
its almost hwrd too argue with you (not that I personally would want
to…HaHa). You certainly put a nnew spin on a topic that has been written about for years.
Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!

Write more, that all I have to say. Literally, itt seems as thoughh you
relied on the video to maake your point. You clearly know what youre
talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos too
your log when you could be giving us something enlivhtening to read?

The chances of and the most detrimental visible on {television|tv|tv set|television set|telly|television system|t .
ugg boots http://www.yabingu.com

Siding Substitute – This advancement adds instant curb appeal to your home.
Make sure you put a covering on the floor before you paint.
A handyman might not have the skill to do home improvements.

I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

If you desire to improve your knowledge simply keep visiting this web page
and be updated with the most recent gossip posted here.

An interesting discussion is worth comment. I believe that you ought to
write more about this subject, it may not be a taboo subject but usually people do not discuss such subjects.
To the next! Cheers!!

Wow, this piece of writing is good, my younger sister is analyzing
these kinds of things, thus I am going to inform her.

Wonderful items from you, man. I’ve be mondful your stuff prior to and you’re just too magnificent.

I really like what you’ve received here, certainly like what you are saying and the est way wherein you say it.
You makje it enjoyable and you still care for to stay it wise.
I cant wait to read much more from you. This iis really a wonderful web site.

I’m curious to find out what blog platform you’re utilizing?
I’m having some small security issues with my latest website and I’d
like to find something more safe. Do you have any
solutions?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: