A photo update regarding music and friends.

It’s a beautiful, rainy day here in Tokyo. Let’s look at some pictures.

I’ve spent a few nights at Shibuya’s Ruby Room. They have a Tuesday night open mic, and I love open mic nights. There’s always such a variety of skill levels and musical styles, and I have a special place in my heart for amateur artists performing for the love of the music. For me the soul of lo-fi and live beats a polished and produced recording any day.


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Apart from open mic nights, I also checked out show by The Casablancas there.


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Good stuff. They actually opened for another band that night but in my opinion stole the show.

Also, had dinner with coworkers the other night. I love these folks! They really know how to have a good time together and have been super welcoming to me.

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I love this country.

Namja Town

Recently I went to Sunshine City, Tokyo’s oldest “city within a city” and visited Namco Namja Town. Namja Town is a “theme park,” although usually when I hear that phrase I think of a place with roller coasters. This place turned out to be more of a children’s attraction, with the ever-present claw games, some game where kids ran around scanning random objects with a big plastic scanner thingy looking for ghosts, and a few video games.

Yet despite it’s roller coaster deficit, I was not disappointed, for I came with only two attractions in mind: Gyoza Stadium and Ice Cream City.

Gyoza Stadium's eating area
Gyoza Stadium’s eating area

In case you don’t know, gyoza are also called pot-stickers or dumplings and they are delicious. I know the place isn’t much to look at in the pictures. But if you know me then I can put it this way: gyoza are stuffed full of cabbage and often onions and I don’t even know what else and don’t care because I will eat 3 dozen of them if you fry them and put them in front of me with some ponzu sauce.

These little guys in this cheap little paper box with that cheap little tin plate for the tiny tiny bottle of ponzu sauce were AMAZING.
These little guys–in this cheap little paper box, with that cheap little tin plate for the tiny tiny bottle of ponzu sauce–were AMAZING.

And I had ice cream from one of the half dozen ice cream vendors in Ice Cream City.

I ordered six flavors from this menu:

Which 6 would you choose?
Which 6 would you choose?

My choices, from left to right, top row first:

My ice cream

  1. #1 Golden vanilla (delicious, but still just vanilla ice cream)
  2. #3 Hokkaido shirataki potato ice cream (incredibly good, had little tiny bits of potato in it that melted in your mouth with the rest of the ice cream)
  3. #11 Double cheese (my favorite of the bunch, how did they make cheese taste even better?)
  4. #25 Homemade ice cream corn (corn flavored ice cream, believe it or not my second favorite of the bunch
  5. #30 Milk (yes, milk flavored ice cream. not sure how that works, but it did taste more like milk than the rest. also delicious of course)
  6. #50 Whisky (the whisky flavor was abundant and really not very good. you can taste this at home by just taking a sip of whisky with a bite of vanilla ice cream.)