Our adventures in Tokyo continue! Episode 2 features highlights from Day 2 and Day 3 of our the trip: we visited the Harajuku district for food and shopping, traveled to Brad’s friend’s apartment (only to discover we were locked out), and went to YouTube Space Tokyo in Roppongi Hills on the day that they brought the Street View camera through.
Karaoke was fun and the proposition of all-you-can-drink is something that I haven’t experienced before. It definitely makes sense with the work-hard-party-hard culture.
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I had to cut quite a bit out of this episode to make time for everything. Mainly just all the night-time parts where we were obnoxiously drunk.
We ate at Hanbey– a retro themed izakaya in Shibuya. There were tons of toys and the walls were adorned with masks and vintage posters. They even played the Astroboy theme song! The food was great. Brad got some kind of soju drink that you juiced your own grapefruit for.
We also went back to the bar that we visited on our first night, and met our bartender friend. Micaela also got spotted by a fan, which was cool. When Gangnam Style came on, everyone started doing the dance. #PSYIMPACT
Roppongi Hills definitely has a “rich business people” feeling to it. That said, I would have liked to explore it a bit further – there was some interesting architecture and public art, like a giant spider, “Maman” by French artist Louise Bourgeois.
Brad walked into a glass window at YouTube Studio Tokyo – I didn’t catch it on camera, but we definitely heard it. As the story goes, he wanted to breeze past the group of Japanese YouTubers like a GQ and instead walked right into a window. We went back to the scene of the crime and saw that he had left a smudge behind. I’m guessing it probably isn’t still there.
After our visit to YouTube Studio Tokyo, we ate at a kaiten sushi restaurant in Roppongi Hills. Just like the one at Seibu, they tallied up our order using an RFID scanner.
On our way back to hotel, Micaela and I ran into a whole group of Japanese school girls. Apparently k-pop group BOYFRIEND was in town. We caught a glimpse of the hand of one of the members.
Karaoke was fun and the proposition of all-you-can-drink is something that I haven’t experienced before. It definitely makes sense with the work-hard-party-hard culture. Every night there was still a considerable amount of people in the streets of Shibuya looking for a good time, not unlike ourselves!