harajuku, tachikawa, flamenco, sushi and karaoke!

Thursday was a busy day for us - we were going to go back to the fabric district, but we decided not to, and to go to this 8 story craft store instead, and then to go to harajuku. We went to Shibuya station, and saw the famous crossing through the window:

The craft store was in the train station, and was pretty amazing, though several floors of it were uninteresting (one of them containing only underwear and lingerie). Trina got some fun fabrics, notions and other little things that I'm sure she'll blog about. After that we went to harajuku, as we were going to go to an asian bazaar and maybe buy some dishes

However, it was closed, so we ended up going to ChocoCro instead and getting a chocolate filled croissant and coffee, and then heading off to Tachikawa, as Alina's boss and his wife, the Sakumuras were taking us to a flamenco show that evening.

We arrived at Tachikawa station, and from there walked to the Palace Hotel, where the show was taking place. We met Alina's boss' wife in the hallway, and she mentioned that her husband was there, but knew everyone, so he was off talking to people. He came out in a few minutes and we said hello and then went into the bar that had been re-arranged for the flamenco dance performance.

We sat down and got food and drinks, and talked for a little while. Mr. Sakumura had a bottle of scotch at the hotel, so he asked for it and two glasses, for he and I. I was surprised to find that they serve it there diluted in water. It was still good, though, and shortly after this, the show started.

The flamenco group was 4 people, a man and woman dancer, a woman singer, and a man guitarist. Here are a few videos we took (sorry, the last one is sideways):

During the break in the flamenco show, Mr. Sakamura called his favorite sushi bar in the area and made reservations, and we snuck out early to go for sushi. In this particular bar, one of the sushi chefs is the father of one of Alina's english students. We got there and sat down, they brought us tea and sake, and then just started dishing up a wide range of sushi - crab, squid, tai, tuna, anchovies, uni, all kinds of things. Everything (except the uni, which I'm really not fond of) was amazing and delicious.

We had a good time eating and talking - and the Sakamuras were amused by ordering strange things for us and seeing what we would do with them.

This went over better with me than with Trina, as after the uni she was feeling a bit queasy - quite understandably so - but all in all, we really enjoyed the time. After a while they gave us some miso soup as well, and then Mr. Sakamura suggested that I try sea pineapple (I forget what it's called in Japanese). He said he didn't like it, but that I should try it. So, they carved one up and I tried it :)

It actually wasn't bad - similar texture to squid, and pretty mild flavor. Much easier to get down than the uni. Upon leaving, we got a photo with one of the sushi chefs:

And then, we went to Mr. Sakumura's favorite bar for karaoke. The bar is almost just across the street, and is run by an older japanese guy and a younger chinese girl. Apparently there is rarely more than one or two other people there, and when we were there, it was empty other than us. They served us drinks, and some mango and melon that were delicious, as well as some chocolates that were also amazing. Here are some videos of the fun:

We finally said goodbye at the Tachikawa train station and headed back to Alina's place. Cheers all!


  1. You got some great pics, and it looks like you had a great time.

  2. Oh this is just toooo much!! That guy at the end! WOWSA

    I have enjoyed all of this sooo much Mr. DAVE!! Hahaa, Alina has got such a personality!! No shyness, no fear, right?? Seems like it...

    You and the Mr.s are dolls!! Hugs, V