Hachiko

My Night Out In Tokyo

We met up in Hachiko statue in Shibuya

We met up in Hachiko statue in Shibuya

While vacationing in Tokyo, my wife approached my son Ken and said, “Why don’t you show Papa the Tokyo nightlife?”  Since my son knows Shibuya well we decided to meet there by the Hachiko statue.  He was to show us the places where he hangs out and since he was on a student budget, I figured that he would know all the bargain places and it wouldn’t cost much

Our first stop was his first choice for ramen but unfortunately it was full. So we went to his second favorite ramen place and had some garlic ramen which tasted like adobo to me. The garlic ramen and gyoza were good and we all came out satisfied.  At that point my wife bade goodbye and went home by herself by train. Not to worry – Japan is super-safe and women have nothing to worry about.

So now enough of the sissy stuff. Bring out the hard stuff! Since it was still Happy Hour, Ken and I went to an expat bar which served a tall glass of Craft Beer for under Y1000. We tried two kinds of craft beer and then proceeded to our next stop. Everything is walking distance so not much time is wasted. Our second watering hole had an offer for Y2000 ($20 or P880) with all-you-can-drink for 2 hours. Since I was full with the ramen and 2 craft beers, I thought I should drink hot sake (rice wine). Sake has a higher alcohol content than beer but it’s ok. This is once in a blue moon anyway. And I forgot to mention that part of the deal was we had to order three appetizers. Overall it was a good deal and I was already buzzed but we weren’t done yet!

Adobo Ramen in Shibuya With Ken

Adobo Ramen in Shibuya With Ken

For our last watering hole, we went to a karaoke bar. I don’t know how much it cost but the deal was we get one big glass of soda for free. Before we went in, my son ran to the convenience store across the street and bought cheap whiskey and put it inside his knapsack. At this point, I was really woozy. We stayed in that karaoke bar for about one and a half hours (so I was told) and I remember singing only 2 songs! Ken was singing Tagalog songs to my amazement. This joint had no playbook. You have to know the song title or artist. And it was pretty high tech!

So I had my soda and my buzz and all I remembered was that the taste of my soda kept on getting worse and worse. What I didn’t know was that when I wasn’t looking, my son would pour some whiskey! Funny at my expense, of course! No wonder I was wobbly walking to the train station and hotel.

After that it was all a haze. Suffice it to say I made it ok all the way to the room. My son gave me a Japanese anti-hangover drink but since I was really buzzed, I forgot to drink it and water as well. I think I had a hangover for the next two days but it wasn’t something I couldn’t handle. I remember my wife saying, “Ken, what did you do to your papa? He can’t remember anything!” Of course my son said “What did I do?” with that feigned innocent look. But everything was cool. I like these bang-for-the-buck promos even if it had cost me more than just money if you know what I mean. Looking forward to another night of adventure next time I visit Tokyo. Oyasuminasai!

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Shibuya and Hachiko

Must See In Tokyo

Must See In Tokyo

First-time tourists normally stay between 3-7 days in Tokyo. There are many places to visit – Ginza, Shinjuku, Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Market to name a few.

Shibuya is another place worth seeing. Among the younger set, Shibuya is a popular tourist spot and the Hachiko statue is a favorite meeting place. It’s just right outside the train station and chances of not finding it is slim. When the group is complete, they walk across the wide intersecting street with a sea of humanity and then head to the numerous side streets which house numerous restaurants, bars, karaokes and shops.

Why is the Hachiko statue so well known? Foreigners are well-versed with the Hachiko story of the loyal dog waiting for his Master. One proof of the dog being Man’s Best Friend. I saw once a Richard Gere movie about Hachiko. It was touching and wouldn’t mind watching it again. Apparently, a lot of foreigners were so touched with this film whenever they have a chance to visit Tokyo, the Hachiko statue is a must see and photo opportunity.