Subject: Man Boo- a comic book hotspot with the web and all you can eat strawberry ice cream
That:s where we are right now^ MAN BOO, an Internet comic cafe where woman get a 33 percent discount and there is all you can eat strawberry ice cream. Not sure why woman get 30 percent off, I get the idea of letting girls in free or cheaper to clubs, bars, and other venues where the fact that there are a lot of them there can draw in members of the male population who will then spend money to impress the ladies. How does this work in a web cafe where everyone has their own room and you can:t hear or see anyone else?
Well maybe they are discriminating a bit- Brett:s room apparently has a bean bag and in my room I have to sit on the floor and type. It:s cool. I haven:t been craving a seat on a bean bag since seventh grade anyways.
This isn:t the only thing about Japan I don:t get. Another is that most restaurants have a few words of their menus or the name of their venue on the sign outside in English. Like you might walk into a restaurant called Razzle Berry (there really is one called that a few blocks from here) where the sign is in English and you open the menu and the headings are in English- they read DRINKS, FOOD, COCKTAILS, etc... but nothing else is in English and nobody in there speaks more than two words of our language. This is totally understandable. I don:t speak any Japanese but it:s just that in San Francisco we normally don:t try to trick foreigners into coming into a restaurant where they think someone speaks their language or they have a Russian or Arabic menu and then when we get them in there say GOTCHA...
I especially felt this way in Razzle Berry because they played this song *RAZZLE BERRY Oh feels so right RAZZLE BERRY Oh feels so right RAZZLE BERRY RAZZLE BERRY* on repeat and it was just so annoying I can only imagine how the employees feel.
Thank GOD that most of the menus here have pictures. The sad thing about that is we just order whatever there is a picture of and probably miss out on the stuff that wasn:t in the restaurants photo shoot. I really can:t complain though. Almost all the food here is EXCELLENTEEEEEEEEEEEEE and a lot of places do have English menus- not that I expect that but still.
We:ve stayed in two parts of the city- Shinjuku which was closer to some of the cooler bars and restaurants and the toilet museum and Shibuya- the teen mecca (we came here to further explore our obsession with HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THREE and Miley
Cyrus who we see as an apostle of Michael Jackson) where our room had a view of the crazy intersection that you see in movies that portray Tokyo- that quintessential Tokyo experience. We are also across the street from Shibuya 109, the department store where you can find thousands of young Japanese woman setting some very interesting fashion trends. Leopard tights, floral shirt, striped tie and black top^hat barrette all on one girl. Sure. Som絵おfてぇてぇmてょうghぉおkそくて。
The one thing about our Shibuya hotel and experience in general that really disappointed was that although the room was more expensive we had a WAY worse toilet. The toilet in the hotel in Shibuya didn:t even warm up. Even crap Indian hole in the walls have warm toilet seats but not this hotel. Luckily there was a sticker on the toilet that explained why we had such a crap loo. It read **This toilet seat doesnt get warm because it doesn:t use electricity. The operation method is different from the one that doesn:t use electricity. Please look at *How to Use the Shower Toilet**
WTF_? First of all that statement makes zero senセせ
It first talks about why it doesn:t get warm and then compares it to a toilet that you think would ゲt
be cold........... I:m just on the verge of calling the front desk and getting a real legitimate answer to why our toilet seat doesn:t warm because now that:s come to be something I expect in even the seediest of establishments.
How Tokyo has really raised the bar for us!!!!!!!!!!
NOT THIS AGAIN.... this time the computer doesn:t even have all the letters some have been rubbed off. Ok here I am back in the right browser. And by the way this place is really racking in the ladies. I can hear a bunch of girls giggling outside my little room. Cool. Not sure if it was the strawberry ice cream or free comic books or all the hot rods who are spending their Saturday night reading comics and surfing but I guess it:s working....
The other night we spent three hours singing our hearts out in a karaoke bar, not something we normally do in the states outside of the privacy of our own home but it was so much fun!
Today we went to this area of town Harajuku where all the lonely teens/tweens come every Sunday dressed up as either french maids, monsters, brides, Little Bo Peep and other characters. They all gather near the Harajuku train station and pose for pictures with sleazy old Japanese men and tourists. I found it pretty fascinating although I guess it wasn:t all that different from some of the street kids I saw begging for money dressed as goths in Berkeley who I knew had two parents who were doctors and went to private schools...
But these teens were a bit weirder and some of them just actually scared me. I heard they weren:t shy in front of the camera so I asked to photograph some of them and when I did I kinda got freaked out. One of them was wrapped completely in black bandages except for one bright turquoise eye that was exposed to the world. Only in Japan can you celebrate Halloween every Sunday. Their parents must be proud! The strangest part is that they all have a carry on size suitcase with them- not sure if that is because they are changing their outfits mid-day or because their parents don:t know their sweet little tweens are undercover sluts and monsters.
So we met these nice Japanese guys in a bar who were able to break down the whole Swine Flu extravaganza for us. Apparently only approx 3 people in Japan actually have the disease but it:s still become kind of a FAD to combat it as a team. All I can say is that the next time I get the urge to play with cats I:ll just mosey on down to the nearest San Francisco SPCA where I:m about 99.9 percent sure that I can stroke a few calico cat]s backs without being quarantined in the washroom where I:m forced to take a sponge bath in front of a complete stranger who acts like I already have the H1/N1 virus.
It:s just so confusing- you go into a cafe wondering whether you are paying them money to play with a bunch of lame cats or whether you are about to operate on an animal who has already been diagnosed with scabies and rabies. If that cat cafe BS was the protocol one has to go through just to play with a few kittens you can only imagine how long it takes brain surgeons to wash up before surgery. Holy Moly!
There are so many amazing things to do in Tokyo, just walking around we have stumbled upon some great activities. Today we ran into Brazil Day in Tokyo. I know that Brazil has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan but I wasn:t expecting to walk into a festival with Brazilian food, samba, martial arts, Brazilians, etc.... it was so much fun- we spent a few hours walking around, dancing, eating and drinking caipirinas.
Tokyo has really been an absolute dream- so much so that most of the time we wonder if we are dreaming or not... Where else do you find all these random てぃんｇｓ? You just cant make this stuff up. Most days I wake up and have to check my video camera to make sure I didn:t just dream this all up. BUT REALLY What else would you expect though from a country where the Prime Minister:s wife, in an interview with CNN told her countrymen that she flew to Venus on a flying saucer, her husband has been too, she eats the SUN and she wants to do a movie with Tom Cruise because they were friends in a previous life. Not sure if that:s made headlines in the US but just like a lot of other things we:ve found by exploring Tokyo:s nooks and crannies, it:s pretty interesting!
We:ve spent an entire week here- 7 nights and tomorrow we are moving on to more tranquil cities where we might be less likely to encounter bartenders who try to make sexual advances on our drinks.