Lost In Translation
We were hit by jet lag today so didn’t leave our hotel until about noon. We first went to the Imperial Palace Gardens. I took loads of photos of flowers… then noticed that pretty much every person over the age of about 60 had a considerably better camera than I did, AND a tripod, and was taking exactly the same photos as I was… I stopped taking photos of cherry blossoms and took a photo of carp in the pond instead. (click pics for big versions)
We went to a couple department stores so Brian could look for some clothes… but he’s at least a third taller than the average man here… so it was an unsuccessful shopping trip.
We got back to our hotel, showered, changed and then headed to Shinjuku…. again. This area was Ridley Scott’s inspiration for Blade Runner and where Lost in Translation was filmed.
We had booked a table at the Kazue restaurant on the 40-something-th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel. When we arrived Brian said we had a table at ‘Kazoo’… I couldn’t stop laughing for about an hour.
Along with all the usual raw fish, seaweed and pickled vegetables one comes to expect from Japanese food, we ate:
*Whole baby squid which Brian was more freaked out than I was to eat.
*What we were pretty sure was cooked chicken brain dipped in raw egg. We definitely dipped it in raw egg and it was all folded up, greyish and small and looked like a brain, so we figured that’s what it must be as the rest of the chicken was there as well…
* About 10 glasses of sake each.
We then headed up to the New York Bar on the 52nd floor… which is where Lost in Tanslation was filmed. We sat right behind Bill Murray.
We had 3, maybe 4 cocktails… stayed until closing, hopped in a cab… and now we’re back at our hotel, pissed…. and ready for bed.