We love where we live in Tokyo - it's full of free entertainment, bars, an excellent secondhand English bookstore with a very knowledgable and friendly owner!!, great shopping (for me), awesome restaurants, an animated park and let's not forget the craft stores. More often than not we never leave our little area on the weekend and it's never boring. This weekend we had an impromptu night out on the town and as you know those are the best kind.
First we started off by having dinner at Mamezou (まめ蔵）, a Japanese curry institution in Kichijoji that's been around since 1978. We had been meaning to eat here for ages since our friend, Tomoki works there. Darin mentioned that curry rice is definitely Japan's comfort food and I couldn't agree more. It tastes great on a cold winter's night. They have a dinner set for around 1300 yen where you select the curry of your choice, and you also receive a small bowl of yoghurt for dessert, and a glass of wine.
Next we checked out an Okinawan Bar (sorry can't remember the name) that's run out of the back of a truck. Sounds kind of cheap and nasty (which we like too) but it was surprisingly fancy with great food and service by Koba!! We were protected from the cold by many sheets of plastic and kerosene heaters. Our feet even got hot. This place is easy to find though - just walk right through the Dai-Ichi Hotel in Kichijoji and take the back exit and there it is to your right. It'll be a great place to have drinks in the summer as it is located on a fancy wooden deck.
tyler with his london beanie knitted by me...sorry it took so long!
Since the Okinawan Bar only seats about 8 or 9 people, we felt obliged to leave after a couple of hours and give some other people a chance to experience some Okinawan delights. So we headed to the Bloomoon Cafe. Martine sent me some great pics from the night including this one of our heads in a wine glass:
And I had fun playing with Martine's new camera, and took this shot of Tyler and Martine:
We stayed until the bar closed and then meandered home - a true luxury in Tokyo when more often than not a great night out is ruined by having to cram into the last train home for the night. Another reason we love Kichijoji is because there is going to be a rock show in the local sento (public baths). At first I thought we all might have to be naked, but looking at pictures from the first Furo Rock......everyone is clothed.