Friday, November 12, 2010
Tokyo bar-hopping and Ueno
Hunter and I popped up the next morning and took the train to Ueno, an area of Tokyo we had not visited before. We enjoyed the temples in Ueno-koen Park and the famous Shinobazu lotus pond. We finished up in Yanaka, on a street probably no more than eight feet wide and lined with shops and restaurants. This local market, which looks like a movie set, is known as the Yanaka Ginza, an allusion to the high-end shopping district in Tokyo.
The evening brought us to Seryna restaurant in the Rippongi district. Hunter enjoyed toro tuna as an appetizer and I had the unattractively named, and unattractive but delicious, horsehair crab. The main course, Kobe beef sukiyaki, was spectacular. The first delicate slices were served with onions, followed in order by tofu, mushrooms and rice noodles. And, of course, a raw egg for dipping. Oh, and everything washed down with a great sake.
We went for a few drinks afterwards, enjoying the view from Mori Tower in Rippongi. We followed with a drink at a small bar, on the second floor, that Hunter spotted from the
street. The waitresses at Bar Blu spoke little English but were attentive and the decor was cool--an aluminum topped bar and tables, all framed in black. The bar faces the street through a wall of glass interlaced with white shelving holding all the bottles of liquor, and everything was bathed in the glow of soft blue lighting. We enjoyed a nightcap and went back to the hotel, ready for a night's sleep and looking forward to visiting the temples of Nikko.