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Exploring Japanese Cuisine & Culture

I arrived at the Narita airport after my  last tattoo session in Bangkok in the afternoon, took the train into Tokyo prefecture and then the subway to Shinjuku.

I had tried unsuccessfully to get a booking at Jiro sushi, so settled on my #2 choice  Kyubei Sushi.  So there I was, sitting around the sushi bar in a cocktail dress with the Tokyo business elite, inked and all, I’m sure they wondered who the hell I was.  Good times.  I chose an 11 course sushi menu, here were some highlights:

Uni (Sea Urchin):  japanese cuisine

A dancing shrimp…here he was before his head was popped off, instantly peeled, devined and served fresh on a delicious bed of sushi rice and a dab of wasabi:

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I then strolled around the Ginza district in the rain like a tattooed Mary Poppins.

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The next morning I got up at 02:45.  It was my mission to get into the tuna auction at Tsukiji, however, even though I arrived before 05:30, the tickets were all already gone, so instead, I waited in line for over an hour for a sushi breakfast at Sushi Dai:

My sushi chef also made me this surf clam, and yes, I ate it:

After delicious sushi breakfast, I walked around the fascinating Tsukiji Fish Market which highlights practically all Japanese Cuisine. 

Later on in the afternoon, I went to a ramen house.  This is how you order ramen in Tokyo:

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And once you order, you get this beautiful amazing ramen which is a bajillion times better than any Maruchan ramen:

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Authentic Japanese ramen with pork and garlic.

I also went to the National Gardens:

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While in Tokyo, I also took a Japanese cooking class with Mari.  Since I was the first to book, she let me pick out the menu.  I decided I wanted to make crab cream croquettes, udon soup, sesame style greens and rice.

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.I made this.

That night I had a couple of Japanese beers at the Golden gai, which is a fun little area of Shinjuku with tiny bars that only sit 6-12 people.japanese cuisine

So the next day as I had been indulging in so much Japanese Cuisine, I had to walk around the city a bit to make room for… more…So after an amazing pit stop at Takashimaya’s food hall so I could indulge in some morning? (dont judge me) dessert from Grammery New York… ok and a beautiful bento as well…

I headed to the Meiji Shrine:

I then headed over to Shibuya station to watch this:

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Just kidding, if someone ever catches me wearing something like that, just instantly shoot me.  I was actually there to watch this intersection which is.. insane:

Since I was in the area, I figured I should go have high tea… by myself… on the 41st floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo.japanese cuisine

And finally for breakfast the next morning, I headed to Dean and Deluca, where am I?  New York?  Just kidding.  The glories of being in an international city.

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Now I’m off to the airport to return to the US for a week before I head to AFRICA!

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Train to Narita

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