After a nice continental breakfast at the hotel (your choice of eggs, yogurt, croissants, um… beef curry, baked cod, miso soup, and potato salad – all of which were decent), we set about to acclimate ourselves with the city of shibuya. Unfortunately, not much was open around 9am. This is definitely a town for the young hipsters – lots of pubs, cute shops, and arcades. We went to one arcade where the noise was deafening and everyone from teens to their grandparents were playing a game where they insert tiny metal balls and watch them go down like ping pongs causing different video screens to display. Had no idea what they were doing or what the purpose of the game was, but people had crates of these metal balls next to them and were zoned in (or out?) to their games. Half the people were smoking and some next to them had face masks on.

 

It was a bit draining to walk around as the weather became sweltering hot and we were trying to find our way to get our Japanese Railpass at the subway station (“no, this is the other railway customer service. You need to go to the other side for your railway’s customer service.”) One good thing about being out and about so early in the morning in a heavy shopping district is that, when you enter a department store, all the workers are lined up down the aisles and bow to you one after another like dominos as you walk past them. They do this only for the first few customers that enter and we were the very ones. For a moment we felt like royalty or the Hiltons. Then it dawned on us that they do this everyday for the early-rising schmucks who have nowhere to go on a Tuesday morning except to enter a department store. Oh well. The day suddenly got better when we were faced with this . . .
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That’s right, my friends, sushi! And it was damn good! And it was in a mall. We had read about the place – how it was one of the better sushi places in the city. The mackerel was one of the best I’ve had. This was just the first sushi place we’ve hit in Japan so we won’t shower it with loving words just yet. But it was damn good.

(mo)