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Part 3: Hamburgers near Hibiya

Despite all the lovely tofu, Japan certainly doesn’t lack for meat. As I’ve written before, you can get all the McDonalds and “hamburg steaks” (ハムバーグ) you want here, but finding a hamburger on a bun with toppings and vegetables is somewhat of a trick. (And no, they don’t sell hamburger buns at the store.)

The avocado burger.

I first read about the Beat Diner in The Japan Times when it ran a special on gourmet hamburgers in Tokyo. (more…)

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Part Two: A Belgian Beer Cafe in Ginza

I Am a Beer Snob
Located on the other side of the tracks and down the road several blocks from the Trattoria Ciao, Antwerp Six stood like a beacon, guiding me out of the yellow fizzy seas of national-brand beers and into the familiar harbor of Belgian beers.

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Part 1: A Trattoria-style Italian Restaurant in Yuurakuchou

Lately, I’ve been traveling to Tokyo more, and I’ve discovered some great restuarants there. So far, my focus has been in 有楽町 (Yuurakuchou), the theatre district of Tokyo, which is accessible from the Yamanote and Tokyo Metro Lines, just one stop from Ginza. On my last trip, I went to see Trafalgar /Funky Sunshine! at Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre. Yuurakuchou is lined wall to wall with theatres, malls, and restaurants, and these are a few excellent restaurants that I happened upon while wandering around the area.

I’ve been a bit obsessed with Trattoria-style Italian restaurants ever since I saw「 バンビ~ノ!」 (Bambino!), a Japanese drama based on a manga of the same name by Sekiya Tetsuji(せきやてつじ [no kanji]. In Bambino!, Arashi-member Matsumoto Jun plays Ban Shougo (伴 省吾), a college student from Fukuoka who dreams of becoming an Italian chef. Ban travels to Tokyo for spring break to work at the Trattoria Baccanale, a ritzy Italian place near Roppongi, as a favor to his boss from his old friend, the chef. The drama focuses on naïve but bullheaded Ban, who is nicknamed Bambino by his sempai, and his struggles to achieve his dreams.

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この俺の
最後の港か カサブランカ
愛を失くした(なくした) この心を
葬る街なのか カサブランカ

Will this be my final destination–Casablanca?
Will this be the city where I bury my broken heart–Casablanca?

Casablanca, Cosmos Troupe, 2009-10.

The trip I made to Tokyo reunited me with my two great loves: Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, as I’ve written about before, and the Takarazuka Theatre Company 宝塚歌劇団. This time, I went to see the Takarazuka Cosmos-Troupe’s musical version of Casablanca.

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Between my trip to the Kyoto International Manga Museum in September and the Studio Ghibli Museum in December, I’ve had a lot of time to think about Miyazaki Hayao and my current lifestyle.

Late autumn/early winter: Camellias near my home

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