A cute little ningyoyaki (spongy cake filled with, you guessed it, sweet red bean paste) that says “Kaminari Mon” (Thunder Gate, the famous gate at Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa).

Another helping of Japan

Does it remind you of the Phoenix skyline? (Ha.) The view from the observation level of Roppongi Hills was almost as high as an airplane, with skyscrapers as far as the eye could see in every direction. Love how my friends chose that moment to joke about earthquakes (there were two while I was in Japan!).

Coolest train station lights ever: Ebisu Beer lights at Ebisu-Eki.

Bob Tokyo: My friends’s restaurant.

Yuki and Bob (people started calling him that back in the day, when he had a bob haircut) opened their own restaurant a year and a half ago.

I greeted Yuki with a photo as she was just coming out of the kitchen. What the hell is on her hand?!

Salad topped with gobo and chicken in mayo.

Scallop sashimi – what’s left of it, anyway.

Buttery grilled mackerel with a heap of fresh grated daikon.

Fried chicken with ginger and scallions – that didn’t last long!

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