Can you guys tell that I’m super in LOVE with Japan?? If I could drop everything… I’d totally move here in a heartbeat, learn how to order in Japanese, and eat my way through Tokyo.
The energy is super contagious, the people are wayyyyyyyy (too) polite, the food is world class AND the best I’ve ever had. I mean, I’m still shocked that I haven’t had one bad meal since I’ve been here for 9 days.
I’m talking about little mom and pop shops, ramen houses inside train stations, standing room sushi joints, and bomb food inside department stores. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Tokyo has the most 3 star Michelin restaurants than anywhere in the world. To understand why their food scene is at the top of the food chain (literally), we have to understand their culture.
To put it simply: they are perfectionists and hold themselves to very high standards. Failure is something not taken lightly in this culture. They take a lot of pride in what they do and always strive for perfection in every aspect of life.
Basically, they are wayyyyyy ahead of the game in terms of food, fashion, and technology. Like… even their toilet seats are heated and has 100x different functions that I still don’t completely understand (#realLife).
Anyway, I’m currently working on a foodie guide to Tokyo, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, here’s some pics from my trip:
Breakfast + Sunrise view from our hotel (Grand Hyatt in Roppongi)
What’s this? Oh, just some Asians in my food pics for 10 minutes…
The metro is the best way to get around in Japan. Except… everything is in JAP. (Just don’t get lost!)
This is me getting LOST and not understanding a single word (zero sense of direction).
These tiny ramen spots are the shit. You order from vending machines, sit down, and they bring you your food. Nothing in the states compares to this (besides Ipuddo in NY, but even that doesn’t come close)
They seriously have the craziest desserts here. This one is called “Honey Toast” with ice cream, bananas, and chocolate.
The fish market. If you come here early enough (5am) you can see the fish auctions. The best pieces of fish goes to the highest bidder and best restaurants. Pretty much, everyone gets their fish here… even convenience stores (THINK: 7/11). Which is why, even those convenience stores have better quality fish than 90% of fish in the US. Everything is so FRESH!
Tons of sushi. All this toro for only $30 USD. Is this real life???
Some of the best quality fish I’ve ever had is at this “Standing Sushi Bar” inside a train station.
Sensoji Temple is a cool lil touristy spot
The BEST view ever! Mori Tower in Roppongi is seriously breath taking. I even went outa my way to buy some deliciously beautiful desserts to take food shots up here. You SHOULDA seen my expression when they said “camera ONLY.” I almost cried.