I have been busy getting ready to go to Texas this month. The blog has been a bit neglected (only two posts this month. This is the third!). We have a ton of gifts to bring to friends and family back home, some of which are quite delicate and need to be carefully packed.
My ten-year old suitcase finally broke. My husband bought me a new suitcase for cheap on his business trip in India, a famous Swiss-brand suitcase that is bright yellow. It’s my Swiss Cheese suitcase.
I can’t believe I’ll be back in Texas soon. And it’s snowing in places there!
Scrolling through my twitter feed I saw an ad, one that showed amazing images and promised an “experience”. No, not that kind of ad. It was for the Digital Art Museum in Odaiba. After that, I wanted to learn more.
I have wanted to go to this place since I first saw that twitter ad for it. However, it’s expensive (3,200 yen) and I always had reasons to put it off. It became a permanent occupant of my own personal Bucket List.
Then, along came Liz.
WAS IT WORTH IT?
How do you answer that? How do you breakdown and itemize why you liked an experience or why you didn’t? The value of an experience can’t always be measured and defined by its monetary cost.
They say that “Beauty is the in the eye of the Beholder”, well so is value.
The better question is “Was it worth it to you?”.
The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo is located in Kabuki-cho, one of the city’s seedier sides where salaryman go to drink and watch scantily-clad women in shows. These days the Robot Restaurant has abandoned its Go-Go Girls routes and gone PG-13 for the tourists. The price at the gates is 8,000 yen, but it’s easy to get tickets for 5,000 yen if you shop online for discounts. That’s what my friend, Liz, and I did.
She was the perfect person for the crazy, “WTF” side of Tokyo.
Here is short video of our wild experience:
So much happened the past two weeks. I haven’t had time to update this blog. Things are settling down again and I will start posting on a regular basis soon. Some people enter your life in the most unexpected of ways. For me, Hurricane Liz blew into Tokyo and swept me up in a ten day long whirlwind. I’d trade those days with my friend for nothing.
PART ONE (GERO)
PART TWO ( TRAGEDY OF NAGASAKI)
PART THREE (NAGASAKI AT NIGHT AND DAY)
Fukuoka City is a young person’s city
Since Fukuoka City is famous as the birthplace for Tonkatsu Ramen, my husband spent hours carefully researching and preparing the following schedule:
Afternoon Snack: Ramen
Hmm… it’s like he had an agenda.
PART ONE (GERO)
Nagasaki is a beautiful city marred by the tragic event of August 9th, 1945.
Rather than post about Day 2 of our Summer Road, I’ll instead discuss the only place we visited that day. This is one of my most off-the-beaten-path posts so far. If you travel to Kyushu by car, I recommend a visit to Yutoku Inari Shrine (祐徳稲荷神社).
(The website can be found here.)
Our road trip to Kyushu began on the heels of a typhoon.
Hungry? I know where you can find some great Korean food in the heart of Tokyo. Have you ever heard of Shin-Okubo? It’s one stop from Shinjuku station on the JR Yamanote Line.
And trust me, it’s worth a visit. So much to eat. So little stomach space.
Staying at hostels in Japan is something else. Be warned…