Final days in Tokyo. I’ll make this as brief as possible, by this time I was getting tired. Too many people and too much food.
BUT it was so much fun.
We tried to see fireworks Saturday. I say try because we really only heard them. There were so many people. Everytime I am in a crowd like this:
I can only think of zombie movies, where people are in a horde trying to get out of the infected city and someone gets bit and then havoc. Obviously nothing like that happened. But it was just too hot, so we went back.
Our last day we returned to the Sumida river- where the fireworks were and had ourselves a grand ole time! With some breathing room. We visted the temple there. Sensouji, is a huge tourist place full of shops and lots of food.
We were hot so we got shaved ice. This ain’t your fair grounds baseball game sort of American shaved ice. This stuff has cream in it!
But the highlight was really Kappa Bashi- only a 15 mins walk away it is my happy place.
Kappa are mythical creatures who live in Lakes and like to eat little boy testicles. They are no comical creatures of lore, and are used in various marketing campaigns. Like Kappa Bashi which is a street dedicated to vendors selling only kitchen and Dinning ware.
so many cute bowls!
We ended up just buying a cutting board, but I want to go back
Stairs of death. We walked up these stairs after walking almost 8 miles one day. Walked UP not down, up. We couldn’t find the escalators. It was a challenge.
Finally we stopped for some authentic Thai food. We walked back to the temple and meandered through the crowds to find a secretive subway entrance that led to a hole in the wall Thai food restaurant.
You can’t see it, but they have a shrine and picture of the King. In my mind this means its about as authentic as I’m going to get without getting on a plane. We sit on plastic stools in sweltering heat waiting for a table to open up for like 20 mins. It can hold maybe 12 people at a time. Finally our turn is up.
We celebrate with canned Thai iced tea and beer.
Little did we know that is the coolest our mouths will be for the rest of the day.
In order from left to right spiciest to least spicy.
I’m practically crying.
We started off with Green papaya salad- it only had 2 chili in front of the name!!!! so we thought ok it will be spicy but ok. WRONG!
The green curry was not supposed to be spicy, but after the salad everything tasted like scorching culinary hell. But ohh so delicious. Finally the Pad See Ew got there and there were almost no spices. We almost finished everything. Almost, the salad was just too much, the lady said she had accidentally made to much so we got a double portion so in our defense if we had gotten a regular portion it would have been fine.
Let’s just say the next morning we stuck with plain rice for breakfast.
So Tetsuya’s cousins work a lot because they own a yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant. Its tasty, but it means we don’t get to see them a lot. But Sunday night they have off so they took us our to dinner with their friends.
One catch…. it was in part of the red light district.
Apparently if there is no actual intercourse- everything but the actual dirty deed is total legal. So there were lots of signs that contained random English words like “Love” and “Candy” everywhere. No worries, this is Japan, they have one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
BUT OMG ThE FOOD. IT was soo good. After not having cheese for like 6 days, I was in heaven. It is a total hipster place, including bored looking master chefs with tats and strangely arranged facial hair.
We had flat bread pizza and lamp chops.
The two on the end are Tetsuya’s cousin and wife, and the other two happy looking men towards the camera are their totally wasted very friendly friends. lol.
It was very fun. And surprising after all the spicy food, I ate a lot!