Pun intended. The most challenging thing in Tokyo for me is finding my way (“dori” means street). Alright, it is mainly because I rely on Google Maps and refuse to ask anyone, but still… Tokyo is complicated.
For example, it takes me an hour to find this vegan ramen place, T’s Tan Tan, inside Tokyo Station. I read about it online. Maybe I did not read the directions carefully. But alas, I earn my bowl of ramen and curry don:
I don’t know what to expect of ramen (even though I had ramen in Vancouver before), but the stickiness surprises me. From this and other ingredients – such as okra, mountain root (“yamaimo”), raw egg, and sticky rice – I can deduce that the Japanese enjoy sticky foods.
Another place I had trouble finding is Akihabara, geek central. Little do I know that Google Maps would send me to a building (residential?) called Akihabara and not the electronics hub which is less than 10 mins walking from the nearest train station. I swear I am not the only one circling this building with their mobile app!
Rant aside, it is pretty neat to be in one of the multi-level malls featuring something different on each floor. The one dedicated to Japanese dolls is quite interesting; fanatic, actually. Photos are not allowed.
Tokyo? Busy, busy, busy.