February 13th, 2008 – by: Rubbertoe
Governmant Building num 1 in Shinjuku
Got up late, the beer helped me sleeping thought all that snoring! Today I visited Shinjuku, where luxurious department stores sit next to sleazy strip clubs and smoky pubs. I wondered around for a while admiring how clean the streets were, then I found the government building number 1. On the 45th floor there’s an observatory deck giving you a 360 degree view of Tokyo. I was particularly lucky in choosing a clear day and was even able to see mount Fuji in the distance. Took some photos and videos then I headed off to find the second main attraction I came to see in Tokyo, Toto electronic toilets show room!
Toto Super Space Toilets.
Toto Electronic Toilet
I walked for a bit trying to follow my map but it wasn’t very clear, ok I got lost and walked for 2 hours! I asked around but I was pointed in the direction of the nearest public bog, which by the way are everywhere. I gave up looking for the exhibition when I realised I wasn’t even on the map, I had walked so far. Never the less I had the pleasure of using a Toto toilet at the hostel. These bogs are really great, the seats are constantly heated and there are lots of buttons on the right hand side. One turns on a jet of water to wash your bottom, the other buttons control the pressure, continuous or intermittent jet, temperature of the water and something else which I couldn’t work out. Also, when you flush the toilet, water comes out of a tap above the cistern, which has the shape of a sink so you can wash your hands and waste less water, why didn’t I think of that!!
The food here is simply great, I’ve tried all sorts from the posh restaurant in Odaiba to the tiny and dingy diner in Shibuya and I’ve never had a bad meal, or the squirts for that matter! Actually that’s a lie, I did have a bad meal and quite ironically it was supposed to be the best meal in Tokyo, sushi in Tsukiji market, that’s the biggest fish market in the world! I found a good restaurant and I chose the second set meal from the top.
I wanted to choose the top one but when my meal started to arrive I was glad I didn’t…. there was soooooo much food!! I didn’t realise that the raw portion of fish you see in the photos is only a small part and it covers rice, lots of rice… about 2 tablespoons per portion. Ok, I had in front of me 18 portions of raw fish and rice plus a green cube with the consistency of snot and 2 portions of cooked egg (I think). The raw fish was pretty boring, didn’t really taste of much so I tried dipping in soy sauce, but I kept dropping the lot in and it was so salty, bliming chop sticks! The little parcels were more interesting but when I tackled the see-through fishy I started to feel a bit sick! I was full, rice was coming out of my ears and I left the best to last, raw squid. This was truly disgusting, when you chew on it, it turns into a slimy pulp and it’s hard to swallow. Thank God I had some beer with my meal! Whilst eating, the guy next to me had a bowl of pond water with floating green algae (they call it miso soup) - my meal was bad, but I felt sorry for him. Ok, I was determined to finish it all, mostly because I had an audience, chefs and customers, and I did.
The Chef and the restaurant
I was very proud of my self and I was looking forward to get out of that place, but before I could get off my seat and pay the bill the waitress kindly plonked a bowl of that green filth in front of me and I guess she said ‘this is on the house’ GREAT!!!
See-through fish... nice!!
The best meal I had was probably in a restaurant in Odaiba. I had all you can eat salad from a big salad bar + a nice portion of fish presented like they do on TV + rice, all you can eat dessert, a beer and coffee. All for 8 quid. Whoever said that eating out in Japan is expensive (Jason!!) is wrong. During the day I never spent over 1000 yen for a fat-boy meal, that’s less than a fiver! They don’t serve any bread though, only rice.