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Vegetable Salad Buffet in Ginza
Price: 4000 yen
Japan's local vegetables are delicious, most of them are carefully grow by some local farmers.
In this shop, I don't think the staff can speak English but the menu has some pictures for each course that you can choose from. I didn't go for the course because it is a little bit expensive, the cheapest course is around 5000 yen include 9 appetizers, salad bar, main course and soup.
Since I am on a diet, I just order the salad bar and eating non-stop for an hour until I get tired from vegetables. At the end, I am not hungry but feel empty.
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I had an amazing night in the Alice in Wonderland Fantasy Dining Restaurant in Ginza. I will never forget it. However, it wasn't for the quality of the restaurant, but rather the company I was in. Sure, it was fun, but for what you pay it would be nice if there was some quality, and not just aesthetics, to the food. There are some great points though and if you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland or if you are crazy about theme restaurants, it is well worth the visit. However, for me, I walked away feeling that it is all smoke and mirrors as we say in English. The fun feel, the funky decor, the staff in costumes, the elaborately presented food distract you from all that is wrong with this dining experience. The food is at the very best mediocre, in fact I would go so far to say that my main course, a pasta dressed up as the Chesire Cat was worse than anything I'd make myself. And that is saying a lot as I am very culinary challenged. It was dry, bland, basic and frankly I found it hard to finish. The salad wasn't much better. The saving grace was the desserts, which are as good to eat as they are as delightful to look at. I also found our table terribly cramped. We were in a booth that was too narrow to pull your chair back. It was a bit of an acrobatic act to get from one end of the table to the other. The lighting was also too dark especially as the decor is quite dark too.However, having said all that, I am glad I went, saw and experienced. I wouldn't rush back, but it was a fun place to visit.
The Ginza branch of this gym is about 5 minutes walk from Ginza Station (Ginza Line), and about 15 minutes walk from JR Shimbashi. In terms of equipment, there is a reasonable selection of free weights, 2 bench presses, and a Smith Machine rack. There’s a 7-Eleven convenience store in front of this Anytime Fitness, and loads of places to eat in the area, so this is a convenient spot to eat before you make the commute after work. The number of people using the gym depends on the day, but it’s comparatively quiet on Fridays. On the busy days, you have to wait your turn to use the free weights, which is a bit of a pain.
I really love to walk around Ginza and check out all the nice restaurants there. In front of the Midori Sushi restaurant are always waiting many many people, which is a sign of a good and popular restaurant. I was courius and wanted to check it out. Unfortunaltely the restaurant is so poplular that the waiting time at the weekend can be up to 2 h. Instead of writing down your name on a waiting list you have to pick a number from a machine and they will call your number. If you can read japanese you can also make a reservation online.Right after you´ve got a seat, you can choose from the big menu or the daily´s special. They also have many small and cheap appetizer. Those appetizer are very good and they change depending on the season. If you are lucky and you can get a seat at the counter you can watch how the chef is preparing your sushi. They offer very huge and fresh Nigirisushiplates for reasonable price. But my favorite is the avocado salad which comes with many small kinds of fishpieces.Nowadays the restaurant also gets very popular around foreigners, but unfortunaltely most of the stuff can not speak and understand english well. That makes it kind of difficult to order, except the food on the photos.Nearest station: Ginza/Shimbashi
Rumour has it that Japan is one of the world's last bastions for the humble record store. If this Tower Records is anything to go by, the future isn't looking too bright.TOWER Mini (as is written on the front of the store) is perhaps a little larger than your average convenience store. In terms of CDs, it's maybe split 50/50 between local recordings and those from overseas artists.Prices for new CDs are mostly in the 1500 - 2000 yen range. At the time of visiting, I spotted a 1000 yen bargain bin. There are listening stations here where you can preview whatever CDs have been selected at the time of visiting.There are shelves of DVDs here, too. That said, at 3000 yen +, shopping for DVDs in Japan is an expensive business.TOWER Mini has a limited selection of reading materials, all of which were in Japanese. Also, don't come here to pick up your free English-language mags and news rags. There aren't any.Still, any Tower Records is always a good resource to get an idea of what's going on in the world of music; there are flyers for various music events here, as well as free listing magazines to keep you in touch with what concerts are coming up, and the lasted albums to come out (again, all in Japanese).This TOWER Mini has a selection of novelty gifts, trinkets, and t-shirts.To be honest, you'd be far better off biding you time until you get the chance to go to Shibuya and visit the massive store then. Still, if you're in Shiodome and simply must by a CD (for whatever reason), then perhaps this small store can come to your aid.It's located just outside the Nippon TV building and the Taco Bell.
A pretty good resource for novelty gifts. Obviously the stock here changes depending on what TV programs the channel is trying to promote. Still, you'll surely find something here to amuse. It could be good for stuff to send to friends back home, although there is the risk that no one will have a clue what the characters are.Of course, the goods here are of the usual type; lots of hand/face towels, files, key holders, themed stationary. Expect to pay anywhere between 1,000 - 2,000 yen for a towel. I saw some cool stickers for 450 yen. There are lots of cookies/snacks aimed as gifts here. Expect to pay around 600 yen for a box of 10-15. The Nippon TV shop also houses a small bank of toy vending machines, always a source for cool little gift. The machines in the shop at the time of visiting were 300 yen a go.The store is pretty small, but it manages to pack a lot in. It also seems pretty photo friendly (perhaps unsurprising given the numbers of tourists that come here). There are also cool displays to have a look at, and often some kind of life-size replica of an actor or actress in costume which people like to have their photo taken with.Just outside the store you'll find a Taco Bell, a coffee shop and a seating area outside. There's also a Tower Records nearby. The store, whilst not really worth going out of your way for itself, is on the ground floor of the Nippon TV Tower which has other attractions open to the public.