Well, I spent most of the day thinking and worrying about my french bulldog Lulu and how best to proceed with her soft palate surgery, then the other most of the day thinking and worrying about the show’s third season. In the case of the latter – I mean, sure, I know where I want to go, have worked out all of the character and story progressions, but actually getting there is always the challenge as, invariably, you get these inevitable curveballs thrown your way. It’s alway so unnecessarily complicated. It shouldn’t be but, really, welcome to show business.
But I’ll save that little rant for another time.
Tokyo! Day #5! Another 22k_ steps! We covered a lot of ground today!
Apparently, outside of Tsukiji Market, there’s not all that much to do in Tokyo early morning. Rather than hang around our hotel room, Akemi and I decided to take a walk through Hibiya Park – a little oasis in the heart of the urban mayhem.
We’ve been missing our dogs so much that we’ve resorted to pestering local dog owners for some time with their pooches. Pictured above – Akemi and her now pal.
We arrived early in Naka-Meguro, about an hour and a half before lunch, so we took a stroll through the neighborhood and came across this little dessert(ish) shop. Akemi had apparently heard about it. The shop’s owner incorporates vegetables into all her desserts in an effort to get kids to eat their veggies. A few of the menu items on display…
Not so strawberry shortcake, in which the strawberries are replaced with Japanese tomatoes and greens.
And the intriguing but daunting asparagus tiramisu.
I know, I know. Perfect Weird Food Purchase of the Day potential. But I didn’t want to ruin my lunch.
We ended up at my favorite pizza join in Tokyo – Pizza Seirinkan. Your choices here are simple. You can have the Margherita. Or you can have the Marinara.
One of the cheapest meals of this trip and one of the best.
For dessert, a stopover at Jean-Paul Hevin. Despite the triple chocolate order, our waitress professed her faith in our ability to polish them off. Her confidence in us proved well-founded.
I picked up this terrific Crayon Shin-Chan t-shirt at the T.V. Asahi store. This way, there will no longer be any confusion when I visit set.
With the entire afternoon in front of us, we decided to broaden our artistic horizons by checking out some of the local exhibits. First up: The Dali exhibition and a Venetian Renaissance Paintings exhibit at the National Art Center.
Then, we walked over to The Mori Art Museum for The Universe and Art, part of the TeamLab exhibitions Akemi was very eager to check out. This one was more her speed. Some of my highlights…
Part of artist Laurent Grasso’s Studies into the Past.
Artist Jia Aili’s “Hermit from Planet Dust”.
Jules de Balincourt: “Cosmic Chaos” and “Space Investors”.
Sorayama Hajime’s “Sexy Robot”.
Artist Neri Oxman’s “Saturn’s Wanderer”: “Saturn’s Wanderer is created to adapt to the vortex storms on Saturn. It has a large surface area that would contain bacteria that converts the planet’s hydrocarbons into edible matter.” Love it!
A little something to add to Melissa O’Neil’s wardrobe in season 3?
SEArch/Clouds AO: “Mars Ice House” – 3D printed resin model with wood base, internal light.
And then there was an amazing, full room video experience from TeamLab. A small excerpt:
With that done, we headed to Roppongi Hills for a little more walking. And I happened to come across these DC comics-themed characters –
Hey, check it out! It’s Jason Momoa!
Finally, for dinner, we went to L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.
The sea urchin in lobster jelly with cauliflower cream to start.
And a chartreuse souffle with pistachio ice cream.
Today, we head to Akihabara – Electric Town – Anime Central – Geek Heaven.
Perhaps another Periscope coming your way?
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