On June 1st, we left Okinawa to go to Tokyo. We got there around sundown, and got to see some fabulous night views from the really awesome hotel mom treated us to. Also, the rooms were really pretty and the beds comfortable.
Soon after we got there, we met Mitsu for dinner. We went to a really nice shabu-shabi restaurant. I think we all had pork, and beef, but I’m not so sure. For shabu-shabu, you receive a plate of raw meat, vegetables, and a couple small dishes with different sauces. The meat is really thin, almost see-through; you take one slice and put it in boiling water. The shabu-shabu name comes from the way you shake it around a little bit. Boiling it water this way is actually really healthy, because it cooks the meat and removes the natural fat without removing the flavor.
The next day, we went around sight-seeing. It was really interesting, because it was raining in Tokyo too! (lol) It didn’t really start to rain until the afternoon though, so we saw Tokyo Tower and the stuff under it, including the Guinness World Records Museum. We also went to the Imperial Garden and Shinjuku.
At night, we met Hideki. This was really exciting, because we all only sort-of knew where we were. So we had an adventure finding a particular sushi restaurant; this included asking the bored taxi drivers for directions. Hideki asked one, and then they all came over and gave advice on where to eat but not how to get where we were going. (lol)
But, the dinner we had was really really good. Everyone (maybe except Hideki) tried something new that night. I tried the roll with the big orange Roe. I think, in general, what Juan ate was a new experience. And mom tried some different types, including a special type of eel that’s really long, and kind of folds around the rice. It’s the nearest piece in the picture to the right.
That morning, we checked out of the hotel, and walked around a bit, and had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, Tokyo. Then we returned to Osaka on the final flight of the night. Mom and Juan’s plane was early the next morning, so it was easier to go back then instead of the next day.