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Tonight is our last evening in Tokyo, and to celebrate the end of our 3 months trip around Japan and of our fantastic journey, we had dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza, a 3 Michelin stars sushi restaurant that became world famous a few years ago thanks to the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
The sushi master is Jiro Ono who is 93 years old. We sat down at one end of the 10 seats counter and we had the privilege of being served by Jiro himself (the other chef is his son).
Every praise about Jiro's sushi and the 3 Michelin stars are true: this is by far the best sushi and meal I ever had 🍣
The omakase menu comes fast, 20 nigiri sushi in 20 minutes (then sweet melon as dessert) but it does not feel rushed, each piece is light (the rice is very airy) and utterly delicious.
My favourite sushi is always (medium fatty) tuna. At Jiro's, the akami (lean tuna) was tastier and softer than most fatty tuna I've had before, which raised the bar sky high. Straight after it, the chūtoro (medium fatty tuna) was exceptional, melting and sharing its flavours the second it touched my palate. And the ōtoro (fatty tuna) was extraordinary, the best dish I ever had: it felt as if the meat liquified into nano particles of umami that entered the flesh of my mouth by osmosis.
After this most wonderful meal, Jiro very kindly posed with us for a picture outside the restaurant. @ikigai75 reports that his handshake, the handshake of a sushi god, is very firm!
A fabulous evening to say goodbye to Japan 🇯🇵
Over the last couple of years @ikigai74 and I have had several opportunities to enjoy Yayoi Kusama's work, in Japan, London and Lille. So on our last day of this trip we visited the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo, which is small, but covers a wide breadth of her work, including a roof top pumpkin, the Ladder to Heaven and various paintings from her series 'Here, another night comes from trillions of light years away: Eternal Infinity'. The museum is complete with polka dots in the elevator and the bathrooms!
We had a cycle tour for a lady and her son from Sydney, Australia.
It was cloudy, but luckily no rain.
Leaving our cycle cafe, we visited the Matsuchiyama Tenjin temple, Imado Shrine and Sumida river. Then, we had a break at the Chomeiji Sakuramochi shop along the river. Sakuramochi is one of the Japanese traditional sweets made of flour, beans paste and cherry leaves. About 300 years ago this shop invented Sakuramochi, then it has been being popluar all around the country.
We then went to Asakusa area and encountered the “Tanabata” festival on the street there. Tanabata is one of the celebrations, sometimes called “the Star festival” from anciently China.
Then, we cycled on backstreets of Tokyo, through the Nippori textile street, and finally reached shopping malls in Arakawa area. We strolled inside them and tried some street foods. They found that Tempra is the best for them among the food which they ate.
After we arrived at the cycle cafe, we had a dinner together at the Izakaya restaurant “Kimagureya” near the cafe. The owner there has tremendous knowledge about Sake, and he is also a excellent chef. They really enjoyed a Sake and food there.
We thank them to join our tour, and hope a pleasant time to stay in Japan.