Saturday, May 04, 2013

April 2013

Ridiculous month for food, as I did a few high-end food tours.

Ishikawa is located on a side street in Kagurazaka, an area of Tokyo I know almost nothing about. If you can make it here, expect the highest level of seasonal Japanese cuisine.

Jiro Roppongi. The famed son of even more famed Jiro Ono is much friendlier than expected. And this shop is much easier to get that reservation, if Jiro is on your checklist.

Jiro, the main Sukiyabashi branch, is so popular now with foreigners that the major hotels have one person on Jiro duty on the 1st of every month.

I made a reservation for some clients a few months back, and it was a veritable nightmare. I'll write about it when I'm in the mood.


Ukai Toriyama is located an hour out of town near Mount Takao. This is the place to take out of town guests. Every group is seated in their own private bungalow in a beautiful Japanese garden.

Cost performance is very high.

Hato's Bar is legit. While other spots are doing American barbecue, they all seem aimed at richer-than-shit bankers. Peep the Vice video!

You so ugly . . .

My go-to nihonshu.

Ryugin. Everything during this 3 hour meal is insane.

Especially this strawberry. Actually, when we ate it, it was a little underwhelming. Flavor-wise, tastes like a strawberry. But watch this video of how they make it.

After watching all the videos on that channel, I want to go back.

Fuck this train line. Sorry Nagoya, but this train line sucks.




Random waterfall near Shirahone Onsen. The mountain was oozing water in some places, hemorrhaging in others.


3cm visibility. The men and women each have their own entrance into the mixed-gender bath.

Dinner at said onsen hotel.


I did it like 3 years ago. Never again. That is 1000 miles in a day for those in America. It is retarded.

Maybe in a rally car.




Shit, there looked to be a rad campground with secret onsens about 5km further. A minute later, a ski tour came down. One of them recognized me from the ramen site. Random.

Then I went home instead of camping. Weak!

Sup, wasabi.



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