Amazing Food

Day 74:  Japan 

Today is the birthday of one of my very best friends that I have the honor of also calling my cousin.  Happy Birthday Mary, I hope that you receive everything that you wish for.  You have always been my biggest supporter and confidant.  You deserve the world.  I am beyond grateful for you.  Today is your day! 

We started our day by taking the train to see the shrines in Asakusa.  They were beautiful, but again we were met with centennial restorations.  Apparently, it is a Tokyo thing, not just a Meiji Shrine thing.  Again, I was enamored with the Buddhist traditions and partook in all of them. 

After our visit to the shrine we headed in search of some lunch.  On our way we were stopped by something that smelled amazing.  We learned that it was sweet bread baking at one of the little shops that lined the streets.  Unfortunately, the bread smelled way better that it tasted.  It wasn’t bad, but it did not live up to the smell that was wafting from it. 


Thank the Universe we found some soba noodles around the corner.  We both were starving.  The noodles were delicious.  I love Japanese cuisine.  I could stay here forever just so I could eat the food.  It just gets better and better.  

Of course I needed some matcha bubble tea.  Two things I love, matcha and bubble tea.  After walking around for a bit, we decided to head back to the city to check out the Ginza neighborhood.

Our first stop in Ginza was the Dover Street Market.  Apparently, the Dover Street Market is all over the world.  It is this cool fashion hub with art and design that have only one real home together.  As we went up the escalator I spotted a designer that I was familiar with, Nick Fouquet.  Nick Fouquet is a hat designer that is actually responsible for Pharrell’s hats.  When I was in Kaui last year I had the privilege of meeting him.  He is a very nice guy who makes pretty amazing hats that I do not have the luxury of being able to afford.

What I can afford is Michelin Starred Ramen at Kagari.  It was this teeny tiny little spot hidden in an alley.  It was so delicious, probably my favorite so far.  It had a chicken based broth with chicken instead of pork.  It was creamy and delicious and highly recommended.

Afterwards we decided to find the Daikanransha ferris wheel that we saw from both the Tokyo Tower and the Sky Tree.  By the time we got there it was dark and cold and I was freezing wearing a TShirt.  However, I sucked it up while we rode the ferris wheel to see the city lights.  As soon as it was over we headed back to our apartment.

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Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.

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