Showing posts from November, 2019

Shibuya Scramble

Near Shibuya Station in Tokyo lies the Shibuya Scramble Crossing.

It is said to be the busiest pedestrian crossing intersection in the world, where upwards of 1,000 people cross during each traffic light cycle. It's a beautiful sight, especially at night with all of the towering buildings lit up:

There's lots to do in Shibuya, including what is likely the world's largest remaining CD record store, Tower Records, with a massive eight floors filled with music CDs from every genre you could imagine: both Japanese and imports.

However, it is not for the feint of heart, for folks afraid of crowds. To get there and back typically requires going through Shibuya's train station, where more than 2.4 million people pass through each and every day.

Your bet bet is to avoid rush hour, which in Japan means around 7am-10am, and then 5pm-11pm. Yeah it's a bit longer than an hour. But go during those times and the trains are likely to be filled far beyond maximum capacity. I'…

Mexican Izakaya: Mexican food in Japan

The one cuisine I miss the most here in Japan is good Mexican food. It is unfortunately quite difficult to find good Mexican cuisine here in Tokyo, but if you really search around and don't mind traveling a bit, you can find them!

I recently went out for a meal at Sol Amigo, so I'll share what the experience is like on this side of the planet. Particularly interesting is that this establisment bills itself as a Mexican izakaya. An izakaya is a Japanese-style drinking pub, usually known for having "nomihoudai" (all you can drink beer, highballs, whiskey sours, etc) and often more unique foods. So let's check it out.

You'll find Sol Amigo on a backstreet in Jinbocho, which is in Shin-Ochanomizu. Accessible from the Chiyoda subway line. A small unassuming sign leads you down to the basement where you'll find the restaurant.

Like many restaurants in Japan, smoking is permitted, and most guests will be doing so.

The experience starts off with your classic chip…