Silver Week and Shibuya

With my new job, I am able to take much more time to experience Japan, which is amazing. One example of this is Silver Week; it’s a relatively new series of national holidays that adds up to a 5 day weekend for me!

I had been feeling a bit down on Tokyo (apartment blues, living off of store-bought foods, starting a new job), so Sam wanted to get us out and about for our vacation. We were going to do some hiking, but my knees have been acting up so we might postpone that until I am able to see a doctor or something. Instead, we explored food!

In Shibuya, Sam saw that there is a farmer’s market every weekend and this week the specialty was grapes. We went and found one of those super posh farmer’s markets where you can buy 600¥ bottles of brined veggies or someone that specializes in jams for 800¥. While most of it was out of our budget, we managed to get some super overpriced (but still worth it) caped gooseberries and a falafel sandwich!

We haven’t had falafel in over a year, so when I saw the truck I headed straight for it. When I got there, the guy told me, “There is only enough for one more. Ok?” Sam and I were going to split it, so no problem, but then a woman came and he said that this was the last one. After she left, he turned to me and said, “Lucky!”

It was an awesome sandwich! The guy didn’t have a mayo sauce (which is uncommon in Japan since everyone loves mayo) but had an – as he put it – “original tahini sauce”. It was fantastic.

Here is the posh farmer's market. It's pretty nice, but was interesting to find amongst high-rises and busy streets.

Here is the posh farmer’s market. It’s pretty nice, but was interesting to find amongst high-rises and busy streets.

Check out that awesome sandwich... *drool* Also, we got extra falafel balls since he had too few for another sandwich.

Check out that awesome sandwich… *drool*
Also, we got extra falafel balls since he had too few for another sandwich.

Afterwards, we were still hungry and had to meet a friend for dinner in three hours, so we grabbed a slice of pizza at Pizza Slice! It’s an awesome place that has NYC style pizza. I’m not a pizza snob, for the most part, but we both agreed this place was awesome.

PIZZA! We got a slice of pepperoni and a slice of sausage.

PIZZA! We got a slice of pepperoni and a slice of sausage.

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2 Responses to Silver Week and Shibuya

  1. deb92024 says:

    We are, of course, all shocked that you two of all people explored, how do you say it, food? The sandwich looks awesome!

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  2. Robert Goldfarb says:

    You bring food alive! It’s wonderful that Sam made sure you got out on vacation, understanding your somewhat blue mood. Always go to fun! And falafel can be fun. The mayo puzzles me. I thought that went with white bread. (well, maybe on a BLT). P

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