My birthday!

My birthday came and went, but Sam and I have done our best to celebrate it here in Tokyo. On the night of, we went out for some shabu shabu! We ordered the all-you-can-eat course at a place nearby and then ordered one of every meat option. It got to be so intense that our adorable waiter came over and cheered me on with a ganbatte (a “good luck” of sorts but can also mean to persevere) as I lounged in a dazed meat coma.

We got two broths: spicy chili and yuzu. Both were great!

We got two broths: spicy chili and yuzu. Both were great!

Our initial lay out.

Our initial lay out.

Some quality wagyu beef.

Some quality wagyu beef.

All that veg.

All that veg.

This is our tower o' meat! The lower boxes are the higher quality stuff, but we had to try one of everything. It had to be done.

This is our tower o’ meat! The lower boxes are the higher quality stuff, but we had to try one of everything. It had to be done.

Ponzu! With some chicken!

Ponzu! With some chicken!

This one was a really interesting cut. The fat and meat combined to have an almost jellied texture.

This one was a really interesting cut. The fat and meat combined to have an almost jellied texture.

Some beautiful pork, the roast cut.

Some beautiful pork, the roast cut.

Here is some pork in some ponzu.

Here is some pork in some ponzu.

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Beef!

Beef!

The next day (still technically my birthday; we were going on California time so I didn’t have work on my birthday.) we woke up to construction at 4:30 am and then I proceeded to mess up my computer (it’s been a bit of a jerk recently). Also it was raining. So, we rescheduled my birthday for today!

We went to an amazing place called Round 1. It’s also in America, so you don’t have to necessarily be here in Japan for it. Here is a link to a google image search to give you an idea of the fun. it was packed so we didn’t take pictures since we thought it might bother people. Basically, you can pay 1,900¥ per person and are given access to 90 minutes of free arcade games, ping pong, bowling, basket ball, roller blading/skating, badminton, tennis, and more. We primarily played arcade games, but also threw in some ping pong. Great fun was had!

After we finished, we wanted some food so we went to a nearby Subway. They had a seasonal sausage sandwich and a seasonal tandoori chicken sandwich, which we got respectively. They were good! Especially for Subway!

Japanese Subway has a basil sauce! :O We also got potato wedges that were covered in basil seasoning! My sausage had a "BBQ salsa" which was pretty tasty, regardless of whether it was BBQ or salsa.

Japanese Subway has a basil sauce! :O We also got potato wedges that were covered in basil seasoning! My sausage had a “BBQ salsa” which was pretty tasty, regardless of whether it was BBQ or salsa.

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7 Responses to My birthday!

  1. Shanna Bryant says:

    Boy that shabu shabu looked meat o riffic!! Happy Birthday Pumpkin!

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  2. Carol Skiljan says:

    Epic birthday celebration! Happiest of birthdays to you!

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  3. Rwg30@aol.com says:

    “Lounged in a dazed meat coma.” What a beautiful, descriptive phrase. First, happy (NY time!) birthday. Second, keep writing. You and Sam must–mustmustmust–write a book or blog or something–just like your posts. Maybe even a collection of them. They are very readable, charming and give an intense flavor of Japan. It would be a waste if you didn’t. I’d love to help if you wrote something. Hope you received my NYTimes piece on aging. It got over 100 favorable comments, two editors said “You really struck a chord.” BTW, why are the best meats on the bottom? It looks as though you work your way down. Isn’t one a bit filled-up when reaching the best? Love to you both, and keep em coming! PoPop

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    • owegami says:

      Hi Pop-pop,

      Thank you for your kind words on my writing. I did read your article on aging; it was great!

      As for your question about the arrival of the meat, the reason if came in that order was because that was technically how we ordered them. When the waiter came to ask what we were going to have, we had so many options that I simply asked him, “Is eating all of them ok?” (in Japanese). Therefore, when the food came, it was in the order of the menu. At all-you-can-eat shabu shabu places, they tend to just add better meats to each tier of the menu (so the most expensive tier will allow you all of the different meats, as well as the best meats). Because of this, the menu is in the order of worst (though still really good) to best meats.

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  4. Beth Beringer says:

    Happy Belated Birthday. Sorry life here is so crazy, no proper time for answering or reading anything. I apologize. Beth

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