We finally made it to Tokyo! Dan and I arrived in Tokyo on Saturday afternoon, after a smooth and quiet trip across the northern hemisphere. We saw some beautiful scenery out the window as we flew over the mountains in Alaska. I think I’ll put that on my list of places to visit. But back to our current adventure…
It felt like we had A TON of luggage. We literally only took what we could carry, er, fit on luggage carts. Here is Dan under the arrival board at Narita Airport: 5 suitcases, 2 backpacks and a briefcase. We’ve become minimalists (though I still managed to bring 11 pairs of shoes).
After the 2 hour bus ride from the airport into Tokyo, we took a short taxi ride to our apartment in Shibakoen. Our studio is small but very nice. Dan found the Super Toilet…enlightening. Later that night we took a stroll through the neighborhood and found a small izakaya restaurant, and after much pointing and head nodding, ended up with some delicious grilled skewers, sashimi and beer.
Our first few days have been eventful — lots of walking and checking out new neighborhoods for our next apartment, a little shopping and sight-seeing, but of course all I want to tell you about is the food. There has been a lot of food.
On Sunday we had lunch at Curry Lab, a super modernish curry restaurant with tiny TVs at every seat. Dan was lucky to get Alice in Wonderland. I had a bean and chicken curry, “made especially with ladies in mind.” Dan had some sort of egg and curry mash-up. In case you need a little help, this is the secret for a good curry (from the menu):
Sunday evening brought us to Nakameguro for a walk along the river and more izakaya, this time with grilled mackerel and crab and radish salad. Mmm.
Today we found ourselves at our first ramen house. I seriously need to practice my slurping.
Chickens (small pig?) + large pot = tasty curry! I like this theory of cooking! Can’t wait to read more tales of your culinary adventures in Tokyo, mmmmm ramen-my favorite! (Also secretly bummed you won’t be in Blue Hill in July…)
i hope you got at least as many pairs of shoes as dan got plaid shirts!
Amelia – Despite the chicken/pig pot, we greatly miss Maine. Count this as one of the few years we ever plan to skip.
mj – you’re a jerk.