Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Good food at 735 feet

Last Saturday night, before a couchsurfer arrived, Kristina and Tim, one of the other couples in the Arms invited us out for dinner. They were taking the train to Shinjuku, a busy shopping and entertainment center on this side of Tokyo. We were to meet one of Kristina's students, Junko, who had recently returned from studying in America. She knew the location of many of the best places to eat.

When we arrived at the station, it became clear that Shinjuku really is one of the busiest train stations in the world! The constant flow of people, bright lights, and signs everywhere created quite a chaotic rainbow.

After we met Junko, she led us on a wandering walk into the city, following the screen of some GPS program on her cell phone. Eventually we arrived at what looked like a regular, yet massive, office skyscraper. An express elevator that bypassed the first 40 floors whooshed us to the 49th floor, our ears popping along the way.

We ate at a restaurant called "Asian Kitchen" that had a spectacular view.

The five us of us split many interesting and flavorful dishes. We really liked the beef and avocado Thai salad and the Okinawan bitter gourd with tofu dishes. Oh, the eating opportunities seem endless...

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