Thursday, August 05, 2010

12/04/10: Going Home

To work off the calories from the night before, I took a walk to Ueno Park. With luggage. And, by "work off the calories," I mean, to catch the Skyliner to Narita Airport.

At the airport, I had my last meal in Japan. Walking around the food court, I chose Italian restaurant, as I haven't had Italian in about 12 hours. There, I ordered Japanese-style pasta with spicy Mentaiko fish roe sauce.

Up in the air...

It's a good thing Japanese airport isn't too picky on bringing in food, as I was able to bring in juicy pork cutlet sandwich.

Of course, I had to have saké. Little on the brawny side, but a saké nontheless.

Not surprisingly, my time in Japan went by far too quickly. With tons of new memories made, 13 hours are not enough to relive them all.

12/03/09: Day 13 in Japan (Last Full Day)

As noted on the title, today was my last full day in Japan. What to do? Start with a hearty lunch, of course. This is Japanese-style hamburgers with demi-glace sauce. (The burger is hidden underneath the fried egg.)

Afterwards, I asked my friend to take me to a driving range for some exercise, to work off some calories I am about to consume.

After the range, we went to Isetan department store and their saké section to pick up souvenirs. Wise choice, as they had rare sakés including Jokigen Yamahai Junmai Ginjo and Yuki No Bosha "Hiden" Yamahai Junmai Ginjo.

The main point of today is to enjoy as much food in Japan as possible. First stop was made at an izakaya "Nonbei", at 6:00 pm.

Our poison of choice included Shimé Hari Tsuru, Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai, and Kokuryu Junmai Ginjo...

...with orders of bottarga and...

...chicken kara-agé.

It's not uncommon for the Japanese to go to izakaya for a happy hour, followed by dinner. Thus, next stop was Italian restaurant "Corsica."

Small but authentic, we started with beef carpaccio...

...sauteed spinach...

...veal marsala...


...and spaghetti Bolognese. Yes, we ordered a lot, but portions are smaller than they appear, and there were three of us. At least, that's what I kept telling myself.

It is also not unusual for the Japanese to go to "Niji-Kai" afterparty after dinner. We went to a different izakaya, not too far from Nonbei.

As my friend knows the manager, we were able to bring in our own bottle. The choice was the spectacular Shichida Junmai Ginjo that I received on my visit to Tenzan Brewery.

To accomodate, we ordered some pasta...

...and dumplings as we apparently didn't fulfil our carbohydrates intake for the day.

My partners in crime!