One thing that really caught my eye amongst several other never-seen before nuances was the way the food was presented. It was amazing to see the food presentation on the show windows of almost every restaurant we passed by. These food models are replicas made with durable synthetic and restaurants display them so that potential customers could see at a glance as to what's on the menu. The whole process of creating this food art requires talented craftsmanship and is believed to be quite cumbersome to produce desired accuracy and depiction of the real food.
As we paved our way through the crowded streets, we came across the real statue of Hachi; after which the movie was made and based on an abandoned dog that was found by a professor played by none other than Richard Gere. Right after, we boarded the train to see the much-acclaimed Tokyo Tower inspired by the Eiffel in Paris located in the district of Minato, close to Roppongi Hills. We transported ourselves all the way to the top and could view the entire city from an aerial angle. There were a lot of similarities between the tower and the skyline of Manhattan on a cloudy evening with sparkling lights, skyscrapers and bustling traffic as we looked below.
Fatigued by an all day venture, we decided to wind up with a few cocktails and aperitifs at the Le 52, New York Bar at the Park Hyatt Hotel where the film, "Lost in Translation" was shot. That's where Bob and Charlotte from the movie met for the first time. Buzzing with loud laughter, overflowing champagne and perfectly synchronized live jazz, was all that we needed after a long hiatus. Tall ceilings, vibrant contemporary art enveloped on all four sides topped with a sophisticated bar was an ideal way to retire for the night. This place was nothing short of being as rambunctious as any bar on Park Avenue in the big apple.
We were woken up by the ear-splitting, incessant bouts by our alarm clock since we were scheduled to visit the much talked about Tsukiji Fish Market, which is the largest wholesale market in the world. Tourists would cue up to witness the biggest auction and experience a never seen before market that was as boisterous as this one in the narrow lanes of Tokyo. It was quite a sight and it made perfect sense to grab our big cup of Joe at a nearby local café. As one would expect, table manners are very stringent in this part of the world and one always has to wait to be seated instead of just grabbing the first seat that crosses your eye.
A quick trivia that I learnt was about the use of chopsticks, which comes with its own set of rules. Never point them, never pierce your food with the same and always remember to lay them on the chopstick rest while chewing. And yes, never ever cross the two. On the other hand, it would be deficient on my part, if I unintentionally forget to mention about the obsession of vending machines that offers customers a multitude of convenient buys right from beer, raw eggs, pizza and even toiletries. I was pretty blown away by this level of available serviceability.