Aaah we were going to miss these Manneken waffles so much that we bought a bunch for our Shinkansen ride to Tokyo! So much yums. Just to even things out, I also fell asleep and missed the sight of mount Fuji godammit. Anyway, we spent our last three days in Tokyo, which remains one of my favourite cities to visit. First stop, Akiba!
Did you know that Akihabara (秋葉原), while famous as an otaku haven, is so named for its autumn leaves? Pretty obvious if you know kanji, but just thought I’d put it out there.
We also got some grub from Fuji Soba (名代 富士そば), a vending machine noodle store – basically how it goes is that we’d peruse the selection of plastic mockups offered in the window, feed the machine outside some cash, retrieve the ticket that the machine spits out, and hand it to the chef inside the store before finding an empty seat. Our number would then be called, and we’d go back up to the chef to collect our piping hot noodles. I got myself a Niku (Beef) Fuji (肉富士) for ¥430 (SGD $5.60)!
We explored a few shops, but this product really stood out:
They’re… I still don’t know what they are. Here’s an Amazon page on ReFa Active.
Our Airbnb for Tokyo was, as with most Tokyo lodgings, a small space to fit even one person comfortably, but the three of us managed to squeeze in just fine in a double-decker bed and one fold-out sofa futon.
The room also had separate bins for different kinds of trash, plus things were labeled clearly so that we could navigate our way around the room. In fact, they were quick to respond and immediately updated the instructions for how to use the aircon remote control after we sent them a photo of the one in our room. We’d been spoilt by Keiko-mama’s hospitality in Kyoto, but Taichi’s team were not too shabby themselves!
I went overkill on pinning my beret to the back of my head, but hey it was cold and I am vain. I rarely take outfit photos at night, but there’s a particular charm about street lights in small streets.
SAKURA 馬ール. I was very tickled by the name of this place in the neigh-bourhood (geddit?). The common way of reading 馬 (horse) is ‘uma’, but it could also be read as ‘ba’, making this place incredibly and awfully punny as SAKURA Bar. LOVED IT.
Oh, did I mention already how often we had McDonald’s in Tokyo? Shasha and I fell in love with their green tea latte! I really hope that Singapore’s McDonald’s start selling them soon~
Mentaiko onigiri was more or less my go-to whenever we popped by the various konbini lining Tokyo. Need more mentaiko onigiri in my belly.
Outfit photos assisted by Shasha & Ruru.