Strange, uniquely diverse...Nakano is a Totally different world in Tokyo.

 Ever since I've moved to Tokyo, this huge metropolis has never got me tired of exploring one city to another. Last weekend, I cycled to Nakano Station. Despite it takes only a few minutes from a massive business city Shinjuku, it provides relatively local and traditional streets and tiny cafes and shops here and there. So why don't we take a look at it? :)

 Right in front of the north gate of Nakano station, we can see a long shopping arcade  "Nakano Sun Mall (中野サンモール)". With 224m street, it's a home for 110 shops, and you can find anything you want. A friend of mine and I went to a famous local bakery, then headed to a modern, sophisticated cafe to take a little break. Okay, it's time to go into a deeper world in Nakano...

 Another arcade area "Nakano Broadway 中野ブロードウェイ" has four level and basement, which is filled with tiny sores mainly for Anime, Manga, old records and so forth. Well, I love this kind of parallel-world-style atmosphere, with weird balconies and fake sky on the roof along the arcade. Wow, everything is chaotic, and so attractive even for a person like me, who isn't particularly interested in subcultures.

 For those who want to stroll around to experience food in tiny restaurants, there are so many of them available around arcades. Ordinary it's not that expensive, and I recommend to drop in at some places to eat :) Me? well, I had a ball meal Takoyaki (たこ焼き), which contains a slice of octopus inside. Dipped with seasonal sour sauce on the bench in a park it was a perfect weekend to me ;)


Beautiful days.

 As a friend of mine flied all over to Tokyo, old and new life has started once again. To welcome her, I drove to an international airport to pick her up in the middle of the night, then it all began. Since I work until midnight like everyday, the only chance we can talk each other is in busy mornings, when she urgently prepare for work, having breakfast, and leave home. For me, living with her never bothersome. Contrary, it always recalls me how important to live with someone, care for other person. I can say, with certain confidence, that I'm in the beautiful period of time.



2 years.

 Two years has passed since I divorced with my ex. And yet, there's no sign of something ended. Or, perhaps nothing has even started yet.


Sometime in July.

 Sometimes it's too hard to resist to take hundreds of medicines for the sake of fading out of this world.


Fresh Sashimi and grill on spot at a cozy restaurant Uohide, Kichijoji.

 Eating out alone is sometimes essential. Especially when it comes to a sentimental day.

 Sometime in the last week, I’ve got a certificate notification of an exam I took few weeks back. And the very same day, I’ve got another news that I made me so depressed. Well, it’s kind of man and woman thing, but let me refrain from writing it on my blog (Believe me, it’s not fun to read, anyway).

 In the mixed of feeling, I decided to go for dinner. I felt like drinking sake, enjoying some alone time in a tiny restaurant. So I headed to a fresh fish restaurant “Uohide (魚秀)” just near Kichijoji Station in the suburb of Tokyo. (The official site is here, but unfortunately, it's only Japanese language)
It's a budget-friendly place, around $40 per person, I have to add.

 Getting through myself into a tunnel-like woody door, I found a massive red mask hanged on a wall. Illuminated from the inside, it made me feel as if I came into another world. The world where is no lost-love (Oh well, you know how passive I was, haha).

 Sitting back on the corner of a counter table along with kitchen, I began taking sake with assorted fresh fish sashimi. It’s a gorgeous, variety of fish just brought from a fish market earlier in the morning. That explains why they keep updating their handwriting menu everyday.  It’s changing all the time, and I love those changes :)

 Everytime I come across a whole Wasabi, I couldn't resist graining it for a long time. Yes, I love sniffing a flovor of fresh Wasabi! And the endless graining ease my feeling as well ;)

 In front of the door, there was a fire. But for what? It's a place for....

 Grilling fish :) Why don't we try one? 

  They grabbed one of small fish, putting it by the fire, and told me wait for twenty minutes or so. "That'd be great", I said to him. I needed time to stay alone that night. 

 Photographing wasn't problem at all in the restaurant. They even told me to come close to them so that I could make better shot. They are such a wonderful people :D Well, I think it's time for grilled fish for myself...

 Here it is :) River fish Ayu, served with sour sauce. I enjoyed eating bit by bit, make sure I could become satisfied.

 It's always a wonderful experience to eat out and see what I've never seen, or never eaten before. There's no reason stopping it, and I definitely keep updating this kind of experience on this blog :)