Tokyo CHAPTER 11: The Neighborhood of Shinjuku.

Shinjuku is like a whole city within a city. Almost three million people a day are said to pass through Shinjuku station alone! To the west of the station, we walked around the skyscrapers that make up the prefectural government and the largest business district. To the east we stopped off in the lively entertainment district, for drinks, food, and shopping! We even ate at a restaurant that served one of the most poisonous fish and one where we had to rub a lamp to get inside! It seemed like every block that we came across in Shinjuku had something new and gave us a different experience every time!

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tōkyō Tochō, is often visited by tourists for its free observation decks which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. The 243 meter tall building has two towers and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters. It had been the tallest building in Tokyo until it was overtaken by the Midtown Tower in 2007.

Tōkyō Tochō.
Tōkyō Tochō.

1        3

4        5

6        7

8

Shinjuku Train Station Area

Shinjuku station shopping!
Shinjuku station shopping!
Illumination Show was happening during our visit.
Illumination Show was happening during our visit.

11

Grabbed a drink and dessert at Chelsea Cafe.
Grabbed a drink and dessert at Chelsea Cafe.

13        16

17

Caramel mocha biscuit.
Caramel mocha biscuit.
Popluar area to shop-Mosaic Street.
Popluar area to shop-Mosaic Street.
A look at Tokyoites fashion...
A look at Tokyoites fashion…
Street performers.
Street performers.
Me.
Me.
Steve.
Steve.
Neat shot of lights reflection in building.
Neat shot of lights reflection in building.

27

Shinjuku City Night Life

28        29

City art underneath highway bridges.
City art underneath highway bridges.

38        39

40        41

42

Huge billboards and videos on buildings!
Huge billboards and videos on buildings!

44        45

46        47

48

Gorilla on the building! haha
Gorilla on the building! haha
Some of the cities advertising.
Some of the cities advertising.

52        53

A look at how huge the sidewalks are!!
A look at how huge the sidewalks are!!

Omoide-yokocho (Memory Lane)

Omoide-yokocho, or Memory Lane, is a series of tiny alleyways lined with small eateries and bars.

Omoide-yokocho.
Omoide-yokocho.

31        32

Small eatery in alley.
Small eatery in alley.

34        36

Arabian Rock Restaurant

Arabian Rock is a novelty restaurant, designed to transport you into the Arabian world of Aladdin. Upon entering this restaurant you come to a golden lamp sitting in the wall. You have to rub this lamp in order to get into the restaurant! If you have to wait to be seated, you wait in an old decorated elevator that plays the movie “Aladdin.” Then the waiting staff appear, decked out in belly-dancer outfits. They take you inside and give you a short speech, donning us prince and princess 🙂 Then they lead you to your table to enjoy an Arabian-themed night out.

1

Stairway to the restaurant.
Stairway to the restaurant.

3

The only way to open the door is to rub the lamp!
The only way to open the door is to rub the lamp!
Entrance corridor.
Entrance corridor.
Jafar's head is the corridor!
Jafar’s head is the corridor!
Watching Aladdin as we wait to be seated.
Watching Aladdin as we wait to be seated.
Decorated "elevator."
Decorated “elevator.”
Escorting us inside, dressed in belly dancer outfits.
Escorting us inside, dressed in belly dancer outfits.
The area where we were crowned prince and princess before being seated :)
The area where we were crowned prince and princess before being seated 🙂
Inside set-up.
Inside set-up.
Genie.
Genie.
Decor.
Decor.

15

Everyone's favorite- the magic carpet!
Everyone’s favorite- the magic carpet!

???????????????????????????????

More decor around our table.
More decor around our table.

19        20

21        ???????????????????????????????

One of our drinks: flavored liquid in the glasses and alcohol in the lamp.
One of our drinks: flavored liquid in the glasses and alcohol in the lamp.
Dry ice was in the lamp with the alcohol to make it look more like a smoking lamp!
Dry ice was in the lamp with the alcohol to make it look more like a smoking lamp!
Dry ice.
Dry ice.
Another one of our drinks.
Another one of our drinks.
Mix the top green flavor with the bottom.
Mix the top green flavor with the bottom.
There was a gummy frog in the bottom of that drink!
There was a gummy frog in the bottom of that drink!
We were given golden eggs at the end of our stay! (boiled eggs)
We were given golden eggs at the end of our stay! (boiled eggs)

Fugu (Pufferfish)

Pufferfish are generally believed to be the second-most poisonous vertebrates in the world, after the golden poison frog. Certain internal organs, such as the liver, and sometimes the skin, contain tetrodotoxin and are highly toxic to most animals when eaten. Nevertheless, the meat of some species is considered a delicacy in Japan, Korea, and China when prepared by specifically trained chefs who know which part is safe to eat and in what quantity. We found a restaurant in Tokyo specializing in preparing fugu (pufferfish).

1 (1)

Pufferfish.
Pufferfish.

1        2

     3        4

5        6

7

Getting ready to cook on a hot pot!
Getting ready to cook on a hot pot!

9

Edamame.
Edamame.

11

Uncooked pufferfish.
Uncooked pufferfish.

13        14

15        16

17

19
Cooked fugu.

20

First bite of the deadly fish!
First bite of the deadly fish!
We survived, of course :)
We survived, of course 🙂

 

Uncategorized

Lindsay View All →

Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: