Tokyo.

Where to start with Tokyo?… every time I go back it get’s better. This time was far from an exception, possibly 7 of the best days since arriving in Japan 5 years ago. A combination of incredible food at Open Harvest Festival (including seeing a deer get butchered in the gallery of contemporary art!), amazing whiskey in secret dens, sherry pouring show time, 9am cab rides home and a whole lot of energy and stimulation from a city that never, ever, ever, sleeps.

In the space of 20 minutes I had the best and worst food experience of my life… all within 20 metres! The first was a yakitori bar that served volcanic mushrooms, wrapped in bacon, dipped in lava and served – just a little bit hot… but the flavour was worth dissolving my gums and roof of my mouth!! Luckily there were plenty of Japanese business men ready to offer beers for the entertainment I had provided (in my ignorance, and their delight, I put the whole thing in my mouth in one go…fail.). But every moment an explosion of wow!

The second was eel. A whole eel. Head to tail, with a special stick of eel liver that tasted similar to what I would imagine a car tyre to taste like if you could put it on a yakitori stick and infuse the rubbery outside with a luke warm burst of bile that explodes into your mouth causing your tongue to climb down your throat to escape. Wost thing I’ve ever tasted except for putrefied shark carcass that I ate in Iceland once. But yes – the experience was absolutely worth every second!

Here’s a few holiday snaps from the trip…

Flying in with Mt Fuji.

Flying in with Mt Fuji.

Tokyo - Akasaka.

Tokyo – Akasaka.

Snoozin' on the train.

Snoozin’ on the train.

Bright green - easy to be seen?

Bright green – easy to be seen?

The eel bar.

The eel bar.

An amazing collection of Yakitori bars in Shomben Yokocho ("Piss Alley") - Shinjuku.

An amazing collection of Yakitori bars in Shomben Yokocho (“Piss Alley”) – Shinjuku.

Lights.

Lights.

I'm watching you.

I’m watching you.

1 light. 54 years of eel filth.

1 light. 54 years of eel filth.

Soup nazi?

Soup nazi?

I can see you.

I can see you.

Sherry pouring ninja - awesome to watch!

Sherry pouring ninja – awesome to watch!

The last drop of sherry being poured...

The last drop of sherry being poured…

Origami earrings.

Origami earrings.

Lines, shapes, angles, bliss.

Lines, shapes, angles, bliss.

Old men playing shogi (Japanese style chess) in Osaka.

Old men playing shogi (Japanese style chess) in Osaka.

The contrast of conformity.

The contrast of conformity.

Bamboo forest in Kyoto.

Bamboo forest in Kyoto.

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