<p>If you hear the name “Roppongi”, you’re first thoughts are probably “it’s a place filled with clubs, bars and other entertainment that supports night life scene.”Despite this however, we took on the challenge of introducing you to the excitement that Roppongi in the day time has to offer.</p> <p>The place that our reporters Alisa Urahama and Tina Tamashiro covered for us today was Tokyo Midtown! Tokyo Midtown, is most famous for being a huge shopping facility filled with about 130 variety stores, but what most people don’t know, is that it is filled with an array of artistic hot spots. On top of major art spots such as the Suntory Museum of Art and variety design specialist DESIGN HUB that exist inside Tokyo Midtown, there are even more places that are filled with art work that keep popping up!</p> <p>The first piece of art that our reporters were met by was “妙夢” or “Strange Dream” in English. The girls were very eager to check out this artwork after hearing that they can peek into its big hole and be able to see Midtown from an interesting angle.</p> <p> </p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-436 aligncenter" src="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104527/All13-TOP.png" alt="" width="529" height="400" srcset="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104527/All13-TOP.png 529w, http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104527/All13-TOP-300x227.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 529px) 100vw, 529px"></p> <p> </p> <p>The handy item that supported our girls in their endeavours today was the “Yubikitasu Communicator”, which guides visitors through the 20 different pieces of art that can be found scattered around Midtown. It not only offers guidance in Japanese, but also provides support in English, French, Chinese and Korean.</p> <p>With the help of this communicator, our girls made their rounds around Midtown. The girls were continuously welcomed with new surprises, saying “Wow there’s even art here!”, where they’d stop for a few moments to check out the art work.</p> <p>As the girls made their way outside, they were introduced to a magical spot overflowing with greenery, which you wouldn’t think would be accessible in the heart of the city. It could undoubtedly be described as an”Oasis within the city!”</p> <p> </p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-437 aligncenter" src="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104614/All13-%EF%BC%92.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" srcset="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104614/All13-%EF%BC%92.jpg 600w, http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104614/All13-%EF%BC%92-300x200.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px"></p> <p> </p> <p>Even just roaming around the area feels so good. And theres no doubt that you’ll find yourself melting into the nature as you explore the art work that can be found here.</p> <p>After taking in the fresh air from outside, the girls made their way to DESIGN HUB!</p> <p> </p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-438 aligncenter" src="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104615/All13-%EF%BC%93.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" srcset="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104615/All13-%EF%BC%93.jpg 600w, http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104615/All13-%EF%BC%93-300x200.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px"></p> <p> </p> <p>The day reporters covered DESIGN HUB just so happened to be at a time they were preparing for the “2015 GRAPHIC DESIGN IN JAPAN” event that was due to start from June 19th, but due to the good-nature of our girls they were ushered in to get a sneak-peak of the exhibition.</p> <p> </p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-439 aligncenter" src="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104616/All13-%EF%BC%94.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" srcset="http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104616/All13-%EF%BC%94.jpg 600w, http://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/japanese-jobs-production-wordpress/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/19104616/All13-%EF%BC%94-300x200.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px"></p> <p> </p> <p>At this exhibition, 300 pieces from the works listed in the magazine “GRAPHIC DESIGN IN JAPAN” be displayed via monitors, with each of these being originals. The graphic design pieces are publications from various products, product packages, symbols, logos, posters, website, videos as well as designs of shops and various exhibitions; all of which are currently being used somewhere in society today. Entrance is free until August 5th, so if you happen to be in Tokyo Midtown, be sure to stop by for a visit!</p> <p>Exhibition Information</p> <p>Venue : 5F Tokyo Midtown</p> <p>Date : June 19 – August 5</p> <p>Hour : 11:00 – 19:00</p> <p>URL : http://designhub.jp/en/exhibitions/1591/</p> <p> </p> <p>Information</p> <p> </p> <p>Tokyo Midtown</p> <p>Address : 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo</p> <p>Nearest Station : Roppongi</p> <p>TEL : +81 3-3475-3100</p> <p>URL : http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/</p>
Big Eaters Rejoice! Where to Find Bigger Portions in Tokyo!
Food in Japan has a reputation for being healthy and portions being quite small compared to those in Western countries but, there are many options available for those who have huge appetites. With celebrity competitive eaters like Takeru Kobayashi, television shows like Oogui Big Eater Japanese Eating Competition, groups like Chubbiness and Pottya and YouTubers like Yuka Kinoshita, the appeal of larger food seems to be increasing.
Here are a few places previously featured on Tokyo Girls’ Update that boast extra large helpings and are available in several locations throughout Tokyo.
Bakudan Yaki Honpo
If you are still feeling hungry after eating a box of bite-sized takoyaki (octopus dumplings), it might be time to step things up with a visit to Bakudan Yaki Honpo where they make things 8 times as big? With a diameter of 8cm and weighing in at 200g, one jumbo-sized takoyaki fills a small oyster pail. Popular with young people, and with about 30 stores all over Japan, this is one street food that may put the brakes on an all day stroll about town!
Read more about Bakudan Yaki Honpo!
Pomme no Ki
Omurice is one of Japan’s original Western-style foods that can be found just about anywhere but, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous and have an appetite that needs to be subdued, Pomme no Ki might be the place to go. They have 30 varieties of omurice and 5 different sizes as well as pasta, salads, and desserts on their menu so you can adjust according to your level of hunger. The 2 dishes in the picture above are SS-sized but the LL is 6 times as big! Does the idea of an omurice made with 8 eggs and 8 bowls of rice seem like something you want to check off your list?
Read more about Pomme no Ki!
How can you not get slightly excited about a place that serves something called the “Mega Pork Yarou Ramen”, especially when there’s an “Otokomaemori” (“manly size”)? It’s literally a small mountain of ramen in a bowl big enough to fit your head inside! There are more than 20 locations of Yarou Ramen in the Kanto area so you are never too far from a food battle where only one can win! There are less intimidating sizes available for those with small children.
Read more about Yarou Ramen!
Go Go Curry
A Japanese chain with locations overseas, the regular orders at Go Go Curry are filling but, somehow they decided that was not enough. Their “Major Curry” (pictures above) has a pork cutlet, chicken cutlet, 2 sausages, a fried shrimp, and a sliced hard-boiled egg on top of a platter of rice and garnished with shredded cabbage. The “World Champion Curry”, which is limited to 5 per day, kicks things up a notch with 1.5kgs of rice, 2 more sausages and an extra fried shrimp. If you’re aiming to win the curry eating championship organized by Go Go Curry, this is where you need to begin.
In Japan, there are two main ways that hamburger meat is prepared. Hamburg is the general term for a hamburger steak (oddly enough, people don’t call it a hamburger steak even though that’s what it is) that is usually served on a sizzling grill with rice on the side. A burger is the variation that comes in a bun, like the kind you would typically see at McDonald’s. Here are a few places that serve up hamburgers for people hungry enough to eat a cow.
Gold Rush has been serving up sizzling hamburger steaks in Tokyo since 1980 and they show no signs of cooling off anytime soon! The servings come in 150g, 200g, 300g, and 450g so, no matter how hungry you think you might be, you will not be left wanting! Also located in the same building as their Shibuya location are several music venues so you can potentially try to shake off your food coma by getting out on the dance floor after.
Gold Rush Official site: http://www.gold-rush.jp/
Ranging from 80g all the way up to the 2kg Birthday Burger, Sasa Burger has many options for those looking to wrap their lips around some handmade 100% Japanese beef burgers. Even if you elect not to make the commitment to what could be your “Last Supper” (the Birthday Burger must be ordered 5 days in advance), Sasa Burger is among the best in the Kanto area and features charming retro decor that manages to avoid being overbearing.
Sasa Burger Official site: http://www.hijiriya.co.jp/
In the case where you want to eat big but try to stay healthy, here is a restaurant that attempts to do both at once.
You can find sandwiches at conbini all over Japan but, sometimes crustless white bread can leave you craving some turkey or patrami on whole grain or dark rye. Located in the fashionable Daikanyama district of Shibuya, King George has been serving up healthy and filling sandwiches, salads, and smoothies as well as sophisticated cocktails since 2013. At least you can dispel some of the guilt associated with eating something that barely fits in your mouth by showing others all the fresh vegetables packed into a King George sandwich?
King George Official site: http://crownedcat.com/
Known for their “bakamori” (ridiculous-sized) menu, the Chiba-chan chain of izakaya is well equipped to handle large gatherings and large-sized customers. Just look at how the “bakamori” portions tower over the regular-sized ones! However, the drawback of having a beer mug the size of a small barrel is that it tends to get warm before you finish drinking it. Chiba-chan is worth going to at least once just so you can shock and awe people with the boats of karaage chicken and mountains of fried potatoes piled upon pizza-sized plates.
Chiba-chan Official site: http://www.masumifood.jp/store
Obviously, this is far from all the places in Japan or even Tokyo that have L-sized food but, just a small taste of what chefs have cooked up to capture the imagination of their customers. While Tokyo is a place where people tend to walk quite a bit, that shouldn’t give you a green light to eat like this every day or every week because no matter how active you are, there is no way to outwork your fork (or chopsticks).
Asakusa is one of the popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo. People from all over the world come here to visit Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), Sumidagawa (Sumida River), and Tokyo Sky Tree.
Our reporters Tina Tamashiro and Alisa Urahama visited Japan’s oldest zoo, Ueno Zoo! Not only does it boast being Japan’s most frequented zoo, but it has also been around for more than 130 years!