Our first day in Tokyo, we got lost on the train for 2 hours but all was good when we finally arrived at our apartment in Tokyo. We were welcomed with dinner and champagne before knocking out for the night. The next morning, we started our day in Asakusa and ventured our way into Akihabara to see and experience the anime and manga culture. The fashion, of course, was exciting to see. Japanese girls don't stop for anything-- not even 30 degree weather. Most of the girls in Japan wear shorts or skirts (some even without stockings) under long coats and boots or flatforms. The streets of Japan aren't the easiest to find but thank God for our iPhones, we would have been so lost without them. It started to rain so we popped into a British pub-inspired bar and ended our day with some cold beers and bar food to warm up.
Day 2 in Tokyo, we were off to Tsukiji Fish Market for the ultimate sushi experience. After a 4 hour wait in the rain and cold, we finally made it into Sushi Dai. Though the wait definitely made us hungrier, the warm environment filled with friendly travelers and locals made me enjoy my meal even more. We made some friends with an fellow LA-er who frequently travels to Tokyo and a Parisian couple who all loved Japanese food. This would be our first authentic Japanese meal since we landed and boy, did it live up to its hype. At 3,900 yen for variety of sushi, miso soup, and green tea, I would say it was money well spent. Not to mention, the sushi chefs and waitresses were incredibly kind. This is what a dining experience should be like. (Click the photo above to see the full menu.)
We then enjoyed a meal with our new Japanese friend at a teppanyaki place inside Lazona Kawasaki Plaza. They serve a five-course meal with delicious marbled steak and garlic fried rice. It was good but not worth the hefty price tag. (Click the photo above to see the full menu.) If dining and shopping is your jam, this is the place to go. They have over 300 shops to choose from, my favorite was moussy-- a trendy Japanese store that carried the funkiest pairs of shoes for a very reasonable price (Loving these holiday sales!).