To celebrate my birthday this year, we headed to the trendy and fashionable area of Shinjuku, for a short overnight trip. When we arrived at the hotel, there was a clown in the lobby making balloon animals for kids. Very random, but we were off to a festive start!
First stop was finding the Golden Gai area. This area of Tokyo was actually known for prostitution in the 1950’s, but is now a popular bar area. Most of the buildings date back to early ’50’s, built right after the war. So, I really wanted to check out the unique architecture.
Apparently, you can even reserve the Godzilla suite. In this room it looks as though the Godzilla is peering in your window. Hilarious! There was also an observation deck to get a closer look, but it’s such a popular activity, you actually needed reservations. Maybe next time.
I had to laugh at this sign, hanging right in the heart of one of the most fashionable districts in all of Tokyo, and even the world. After living in New Mexico for two years, I’m not sure what “summer style” they are referring to, or that it should be emulated!
Meanwhile, back at the hotel…..the lounge had these chocolate covered almonds that were to die for! It was an almond covered in chocolate and dusted with cocoa. They were called ‘tiramisu’ almonds. I may, or may not have had several….a happy birthday, indeed!
Also amazing are the omelettes in Japan. They are always shaped perfectly. (Don’t mind the bacon. It is basically impossible to get crisp bacon in Asia. It’s usually partially cooked or not cooked at all, but hey, it is bacon, nonetheless. I’ve finally learned to accept it.)
The perfect destination for a rainy day.