the people at this conference all turned boring and so i went by myself to shinjuku. it pretty much looks like roppongi and shibuya, lots of lights! do they ever turn them off? i thought there was a nuclear crisis not too long ago...
|all of the lights...|
anyway, i found a neat arts store, a muji, lots of teeny bopper fashion stores with craaaaazy preppy/slutty shoes, lots of bars and small places with tiny doors that are cluttered with curtains and foggy glass so you can't see inside- why? yso you can go in and then say, oh, this is italian food or a strip club or a benihana, sorry was looking for teriyaki? but then, a little out of the way this really dirty and cheap pork noodles place. i knew it was pork because there's a happy pig out front.
|come eat pig!|
the pig was far more friendly than any of the staff (all wearing yellow windbreakers) or customers...they had a menu with pictures, and some words in english, including a dish called "jew's ear?" uhhh, i just pointed to the ramen with spring onions and seaweed. by the time i got my soup everyone had left, they slurp it up mega-fast, pay and leave, especially the guys in suits. i sat at a long counter with lots of condiments all fogged up by the steam coming from the open kitchen.
|no time for noodles must hurry!|
|want some brown stuff in your soup?|
it set me back about 6€ and was worth it! a sort of opaque, porky broth with thin noodles and veggies and nori. and because my noodle picture didn't come out, here is a photo of my 7€ lunch!
tomorrow i go to hamakura so i'll have some pictures of something other than japanese food...