This is the end of our trip in Japan. I’m once again filled with nostalgia.
It’s been 2 months since I came back from this fabulous trip, but sharing it with you kept me immersed in the culture: not a single day goes by where I’m not thinking / eating / reading / dreaming Japan. Maybe even more so now than before. But before I get my tissues out, I have 2 spots I want to share with you.
For the final days of the trip, I can’t but encourage a trip to Kappabashi-dōri: this street was located minutes away from our flat in Asakusa, so we didn’t cut back!
But what is there to find in this street? A huge amount of kitchen accessories, bento boxes and japanese tableware, for incredibly interesting prices.
This street is actually where most of the local restaurants get furnished. You can also find that fake plastic food that you see in restaurant window displays.
Not sure what you’d do with it, but if you want to play a joke on your friends, it might just do the trick!
Shabu shabu at KISOJI, GINZA
(World town building 5F, 5-8-17, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
This is the last address I have to share, but as the saying goes: it’s last but certainly not least! If you really want to treat yourselves, this shabu-shabu address is just what you need.
Appetizers & Sashimis
Shabu-shabu is a japanese fondue where you dip vegetables and raw beef in boiling broth. We took the full menu, and it was heavenly.
Ponzu sauce on top left & Gomadare on the right
Each bite of meat dipped first in the broth, then in gomadare (sesame sauce) and finally in ponzu (yuzu and soy sauce) was just fireworks for our tastebuds.
And just when you think it’s finished, there’s more! At the end of the meal, the waitress brought us noodles and rice cakes to dip into the broth that has captured all the meat and veggie juices…my God it was good!
If my memory serves me right, it wasn’t cheap (about 8000 yens, so around 60 euros per menu) but the service and the food are excellent.
Every good thing comes to an end…
And so here we are, this is the end of my japanese travel diary. Sadness. I often detailled a lot (I’ll draw my hat to my translators, who undoubtedly suffured my logorreha) but I really wanted it to be useful, if you ever get to visit the country.
And I thought that in any case, even if you don’t read, you’ll at least look at the picutres! (djeuyq »sdçdnbeh$ù_§tg ssjsn >> I can write what I want since you’re not reading…haha!)
I hope you enjoyed travelling the country with me. Thanks to you I got to relive this exceptional trip. I remember all the people I met, each atmosphere, each smell (Tsukiji marked included…!).
I really enjoyed the discipline mixed with this strange craziness and unlimited creativity. I can’t get rid of that sense of loss, but I’m hopeful I’ll get to discover yet new sides of this country sometime in a not too distant future. Dear Japan, we’ll see each other soon… (English translation by Bleu Marine)
PS : For all you wistful lot, my “Japan travel diary” is finally complete:
MY JAPAN TRAVEL DIARY :
Notre appart à Tokyo
Day 1 : Sumida Park & Asakusa
Day 2 : Namco Namjatown
Day 3 : Omotesando & Harajuku
Day 4 : Ueno Park
Day 5 : Errances gourmandes à Omotesando
Day 6 : Odaiba お台場
Day 7 : Tsukiji market, Meiji & Yoyogi
Day 8 : Tokyo Skytree
Day 9 : Dans le train pour Osaka !
Day 10 : Osaka Castle & Hanami au Mint
Day 11 : Osaka DenDen Town
Day 12 : Nagoya
Day 13 : Takayama Spring Festival
Day 14 : Notre ryokan « Hoshidekan » à Ise
Day 15 : Ise & Futami
Day 16 : Tokyo DisneySea
Day 17 : Shopping à Ginza
Day 18 : Good bye Japan ! (Kappabashi & Shabu-shabu)