Monday, November 29, 2010


On Saturday, Satoshi had a party to attend to in Tokyo. His university baseball team turned 100.

I wasn't invited to the party, only alumni were, but Satoshi thought it would be nice for me to go with him to Tokyo.

Since he had some time before his party, he tagged along with me.

We stopped at an area near Meiji-Jingu called Gaienmae. This one street has a row of icho (gingko biloba).

The weather was beautiful, and many, many people had come out to see the leaves.

Before checking out the leaves, we had lunch at Cafe de F.O.B. (F.O.B. stands for "free on board", apparently a trading term). I ordered the salad plate and Satoshi ordered the croque madame plate.

Rarely do you find salad as an entree around Japan. The salad was HUGE (by Japanese standards)--roast chicken, lettuce, hard boiled egg, green beans, some raisins & nuts, a creamy curry dressing...yum.

Satoshi also enjoyed his sandwich and helped me eat the salad.

After lunch, we checked out the leaves and then went to Shibuya.

I wanted to check out some things at Tokyu Hands and then Satoshi went off to his party.

Since it was about tea time, I went to check out the Fiat Caffe near Aoyama. When they opened last year, they invited us to the opening party, but since we live in Osaka, we didn't attend.

I intended to have coffee and something sweet, but the waitress, told me if I only have something to drink I could have a seat.

I was kinda turned off by this, but ordered a cappuccino anyway and rested my feet.

I was also quite shocked when my cappuccino arrived in a paper cup.

Oh well, I went, saw the new Abarth need to go back there again.

Since it was almost 3, I checked in at the Tokyo Green Palace and then took a little nap.

Then at about 4-ish, I went back out to Marunouchi to buy something for dinner.

I went back to Boulangerie Viron and bought a Coppa, this was proscuitto, cheese and lots of mushrooms, eggplant and red, yellow bell peppers...delicious.

Most items had already sold out by then, so I couldn't get the Kouign Amann that I wanted to try, and instead tried their Bostock de la Pistache...a brioche topped with raspberry jam, lots of chopped pistachios, covered with a sugar glaze and topped with almonds...the liqueur that they use is really strong but this isn't too sweet.

The shopping area was all lit up too, beautiful.

From Marunouchi, I went to check out Tokyo Tower, it is pretty amazing to see during the day but is beautiful when it is all lit up.

I then went back to eat my dinner and wait for Satoshi to come back...which ended up being "early in the morning"...sigh.

Being a morning person, I woke up pretty easily despite the lack of sleep the night before. At about 8, I went down to have breakfast in their restaurant.

It was buffet-style so I had some Western and some Japanese items.

Satoshi woke up 5 minutes before the buffet ended (at 9:30) and went down for breakfast.

We checked out at about 11 and went to Tsukiji, where Satoshi wanted to eat lunch at.

There was an area that we had never been to, it is an area outside of the auction area called Tsukijijogai-shijo.

It is an arcade filled with teeny hole in the wall places to eat...seafood! buy seafood...look at seafood.

We didn't really want to stand in long lines, and Satoshi didn't really want to eat at a chain sushi shop. In the end, we stood in a short line and had some seafood bowls at Taneichi.

Pay for your meal before sitting and within 5 minutes (give or take)...everything comes out.

I ordered the Kaisendon 1000 yen (about US$10), this had kanpachi (amberjack), tako (octopus), ikura (salmon roe), salmon, maguro (tuna) & uni (sea urchin) and some tamogoyaki (sweet omlette).

Satoshi ordered the Negitoroikuradon 1000 yen (about US$10), this had negitoro (which is minced fatty tuna mixed with green onion), ikura (salmon roe) & some tamagoyaki (sweet omlette).

He also had some miso soup...100 yen (about US$1)

Everything was really fresh and delicious. You knew everyone was enjoying their food because no one was talking, just eating.

I noticed that there weren't many foreigners too, just Japanese...I guess most of the foreigners eat near the auction area.

The weather was beautiful, and it was a fun two days, even if Satoshi and I did a lot of things on our own.

Have a nice week.

Tokyo Green Palace
Nibancho, Nibancho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03.5210.4600

Cafe de F.O.B.
2-3-1 Kita-Aoyama
Minato, Tokyo
Phone: 03.5770.4826
Open: 11:30-20:00

Fiat Caffe (UPDATE: 2016 no longer in business)
1-4-5 Kita-Aoyama, Loge Aoyama 1 & 2 F
Minato, Tokyo
Phone: 03.5771.7662
Open 11:30-23:00 (later on weekends)

4-9-5 Tsukiji
Chuo, Tokyo
Phone: 03.3248.5517
Hours: 6:30-16:00
Closed when Tsukiji market is


Deb in Hawaii said...

Looks like a fun time. So a coffee isn't considered something to drink at that cafe?
On a similar note, I stopped going to a coffee place that had free wireless here when they changed it & said I had to order a latte or other espresso bar drink to get the internet code. Once a week, when I went there, I had been getting a tea and Acai bowl for a total of about $12 but apparently I needed to buy a $4 drink to get the free internet. When I protested they said they would honor it that time only. I now get a weekly bagel and tea at Barnes & Noble for $4. I tried to support local business...! ;-)

K and S said...

I don't see why tea and an acai bowl wouldn't warrant free wi-fi, Debinhawaii, that just shoots oneself in the foot, I think.

Take care.

sarah said...

Is that a Lamborghini? I like that car.
I love Tokyo, it looks like you had a great time, Tokyo Tower is cool, they have so many banana souvenirs...not sure why.
I wish I was living in Japan, your last post made me wish I was studying Japanese even more.


K and S said...

yes a Lamborghini Sarah :) I am not too keen on those banana treats. I hope you get to study Japanese a little more.

Take care.

Patzie said...

I was in Tokyo last week and only wondered where people go to see the autumn leaves. Now I know, should have done more homework on that!

I went to tsukiji before going back and just amazed with queue for sushi restaurants. Didn't bother to join the long queue as I was thinking the fish must be fresh in all shop so probably the same quality. :)

K and S said...

Hi Patzie,
If you can read Japanese, you should look at the weather pages, they often give names of places that have Fall foliage or in Spring, cherry blossoms. Either that, or check out other blogs :)

I think you were right about anything in that area must be fresh :)

Take care.

Jude said...

Sounds like a great time, some good hanging out, food, photo ops - the perfect Tokyo outing! :)

K and S said...

Thanks Jude :) It was fun.

Take care.

KirkK said...

Hey Kat - Sounds like a wonderful and fun day. I'll go looking for those photos on Flickr....

Rowena said...

Coffee in a paper cup by an italian company is an abomination. How annoying. Glad to read about the rest of your eats though. Satoshi is so great to have you tag along!

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk :)

Yeah it kinda disappointed me coming in a paper cup Rowena, especially when I saw someone else's drink come out in a regular ceramic one...

Take care you two.