For many years, JP & I have traveled to Tokyo for business. We frequent an area called Roppongi Hills, which is known for the famous Mori Building, posh boutiques, trendy hotels, and a slew of beautiful Japanese women. My 1st impression of Tokyo, was just sensory overload. They have great local cuisine, thousands of fashion boutiques, nightlife, and a transit system we can only dream of having here in LA.
Aside from all the cool stuff we got to see and experience, I always had an uneasy feeling about the stuff that probably goes on behind the scenes. The nightlife in Toyko is a bit sketchy, and features tons of “hostess” bars, which features scantily clad women serving up drinks (any many other services). By day, you witness the hustle and bustle in the subway and on the streets. By night, Roppongi Hills is filled with well dressed Japanese women (in group of 2 or 3), hanging in and around hotel lobbies. As you venture closer to Roppongi Crossing, you’ll see an eclectic mix of scantily clad Japanese women, Nigerian bouncers, and a mix of tourists. I couldn’t help but wonder, what type of stuff goes down in those “hostess” bar establishments. Things just seemed a bit fishy to me. Well, I just came across an article in LA Times about Roppongi Hills, and types of crimes that flourish this ultra trendy area. If you’re thinking about traveling to Tokyo, please read this article.
I woke up today still feeling a bit sick from my PI trip. = ( This is the 1st year I actually skipped Tokyo Auto Salon, but I heard the attendance was pretty light anyways. Sooooo, I spent the day browsing the shops and having a quiet day to myself. Here are just a few things that caught my attention. Enjoy!
It feels lovely to be back in Tokyo again and my first day was very exciting! Our journey started with long commute on the “limo bus” to Roppongi Hills. Can’t wait to have a hot bowl of ramen. Yummmmmy.
I’m back in Tokyo and loving it! I packed really light, so my Macbook is back in Singapore. =(
Will continue to update my bloggy with more pics in a few days. I still need to post up the rest of my Philippines trip!