Since starting this blog, I’ve had people viewing this page from all over the world: Australia, USA, UAE, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Venezuela, Turkey, as well as most places across Europe. Who’d have thought the Guzzler would be so popular globally?!
It’s now 9 months to the day since we arrived in Tokyo at the time of writing this. It’s flown by and to think we’re only 6 or so weeks away from finishing our first year at school is crazy. Our plans for the summer include a 4 week trip around Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, a second visit to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, as well as hosting our fourth, fifth and sixth set of guests. It’s been a busy few months.
So what have we been up to since the last update? To be honest, lots – but not much of it is blog-worthy unfortunately. We’ve kind of settled into a routine now and we’ve also been hanging out with a lot more people outside of work recently. It’s warmed up here significantly now so that weekends are t-shirt and shorts weather. It’s already like summer back in the UK, with temperatures in the mid-to-late 20s. It’s perfect currently, but it’s due to get much, much hotter over the next few weeks.
Here’s a mini update of our past weekend:
Date Night #2. So, we’ve started this new thing whereby each Thursday we take it in turns to choose somewhere totally new for dinner. Last week, Maz took us to an okonomiyaki restaurant in Harajuku. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. This place was perfect as you could choose your ingredients and mix it all together before cooking. So I was safe in the knowledge there’d be no squid or eel hidden in there!
On Saturday we went to a rabbit café, also in Harajuku. Tokyo has an abundance of ‘theme’ cafes. We’d previously tried a cat café and the owl café is next on my hit list. I’m sure it’ll be a hoot (oh dear – sorry!). There’s also a vibrator café (yes, seriously) for women who wish to go and talk about female things!
Is that a zebra hoof in the bottom-middle? Imagine that – a zebra café…..don’t rule it out!!! Unlike the cat café, where the cats are all free to run around / sleep like the lazy buggers they are, the rabbit café is a little different. The Japanese staff member informed us that only one rabbit was allowed out at a time. “Otherwise they’d be at it like rabbits?” I quizzed. She didn’t get it.
We purchased a little box of carrots and apples to feed the fury bundles of joy. The apples were damn tasty too!
This lady followed the chosen rabbit around the café with a dustpan and brush, eagerly collecting the rabbit droppings ready to be coated in milk chocolate and sent off to the Revels factory down the road.
Yoyogi Park (home of Yoyogi bear) in bloom.
Thai food festival in Yoyogi Park.
Girlled pork anyone?
These performers were abysmal, beyond bad. Yet the crowd were captivated. It sounded like a cat being strangled. Perhaps they were hypnotised by the genius festival tagline – “Have a rice day!” Inspirational.