enigmatic's Reviews ( 3 Stars )

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  • Club Sega: Shibuya (Game Arcades / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • These places are awesome. It's like the arcade you used to go to when you were a kid mixed with carnival games from the state fair collided head-on with adult gambling. The artifical horse-race games where you used to slide the ball down the incline at the fair? You can actually bet on those things like they're REAL horse races. Parallel dimension...

    It's really fun to go here with friends and just get a bit rowdy (not too much, just enough to get that "shame on you" look from the elderly).
  • Aoyama Book Center: Main Store (Bookstores / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/30
  • While this book store doesn't have as large of a foreign collection as, say, Kinokuniya in Shinjuku, it does have a different selection of books. I've found books here that I never even noticed or was unable to locate in Kinokuniya or Libro. Like most bookstores, it is very relaxed and inviting. But I do have a tendency to worry about touching things in ABC simply because all the displays are white and always look so pristine...
  • Narrow K's (Cafes / Kichijoji)
  • 2009/01/30
  • This cafe is a bit small, and doesn't feel as warm and inviting as a lot of other cafes. While the cakes, teas, and coffees are pretty good, they are a bit on the expensive side, especially given the multitude of options available to you in Kichijoji. The only time I go back here now is when I am waiting for someone to meet me and I have more than 10 minutes I need to fill. I can enjoy a snack while people-watching and notice when my group arrives.
  • Absolut Icebar Tokyo (Bars / Hiroo)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Ok, any bar that can charge 3500 yen cover, impose a time limit, and requires reservations all while freezing your butt off? Yeah, there's probably something pretty cool about it. Either that or they've got the greatest scam ever dreamed up. All that aside, I had a great time here. But I'm also the kind of person who savors and enjoys an occasional memorable experience. It's not something I think I'd ever repeat, though.
  • Grail: Roppongi (British pubs / Irish pubs / Hiroo)
  • 2009/01/29
  • It's your basic pub with a ton more options for fans of hard liquor. The food is pretty typical of most bars in Japan...both pub food and izakaya food. The staff is friendly and it usually isn't crowded (but that may just be because I typically go there on weekdays). If you really have a desire to try out some quality whiskeys they can help you with that, too.
  • Subway (American / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/29
  • It's a Subway. Seriously, don't expect any water to wine dietary miracles. If you've been to a Subway, you know exactly what you're going to get. They usually have tables of pre-made sandwiches stacked up outside the store for the lunch rush, so if there's one near your office just stop by and grab one quick. But if you're not interested in a sandwich made that morning, be prepared to stand in an epic line.
  • Gusto (Family Restaurant / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/29
  • Although my opinion of this place is not strong enough to warrant a small novel, either for or against, it was a pretty decent place. Reminded me of Saizeriya - cheap food, cheap drinks, and an ok environment. Good spot for that week before payday.
  • St.Mary's Cathedral (Churches-Catholic / Waseda)
  • 2009/01/28
  • While I'm all about checking out churches and religious sites in other countries, this one was kinda over my head. I mean, I can appreciate the beauty and architectural ingenuity from the outside. But the inside seems almost sacrilegious as far as cathedrals go, in terms of it's austerity. The dark interior seems like something out of a dystopian hallucination. It is definitely a modern take on an old idea.
  • National Diet Building (Landmarks & Historical Places / Tameikesanno)
  • 2009/01/28
  • An architecturally curious building, it is the site of some serious government head-scratching. Hey, at least they don't have all-out fist fights here like they do in some countries. I would suggest signing up for a tour...just know that you have to be there on a weekday to be able to do that. Oh, and like other serious/official buildings in Japan (Imperial Palace) the guards who work here don't have much by way of a sense of humor.
  • Tokyo Stock Market (Landmarks & Historical Places / Nihombashi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • If you're expecting to see a re-enactment of the NYSE in the Pacific, keep looking. Here, despite market volatility, people are still polite to one another. The increasing use of technology in trading also means that fewer people make a living waving their arms around and shouting. You really can't feel the true energy of a place like this from above. You have to get down in it. Unfortunately, for you to do that you'll have to start by submitting an application.
  • Rainbow Bridge (Night View Spots / Hamamatsucho)
  • 2009/01/28
  • With respect to the other reviewers, I find the best place to view this bridge is from the deck of the booze cruise leaving from Hammamatsucho. Other that how it looks from the deck of a boat...what can you say...it's a bridge. It goes across the water and cars drive on it. There are lots of pretty lights. But honestly, all the coolest cities know that you aren't really a city without a rockin' bridge. And considering this one revolutionized the commute and flow of traffic for millions of people, it is worth a look.
  • Louisiana Kitchen Bourbon Street (American / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • The best words to describe this place are "a little bit of southern hospitality" and by hospitality, I mean bourbon, spicy food, and rockin' music. Oh, and by "little bit" I mean a lot. This place really is a taste of the Big Easy. Really great chill place. Have to agree that it is, indeed, very non-Roppongi like.
  • The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Night View Spots / Shinjuku)
  • 2009/01/28
  • The building itself is a beautiful example of architecture. And this building is a one-stop shop of anything bureaucratic. Literally any government function you can dream up can be found here. Very popular tour destination in the heart of the skyscraper district in Shinjuku. But if it's a view you're after, Roppongi really is a better bet. Especially since there is usually a pretty lengthy line for the elevator up to the top.
  • Tsukiji Fish Market (Landmarks & Historical Places / Tsukiji)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Due to the inability of drunken foreigners to STOP LICKING THE TUNA the entire fish market has been redesigned. It is now much harder to see the market as it used to operate. Most people forget when they travel here that it is an actual work place for fishermen and brokers. It is interesting to see, but party people who stumble in here after a night of binge drinking have started ruining it for everyone. If you go, play nice.
  • la fabrique (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Great location right in the center of Shibuya and a great place to dance the night away after shopping all day long. It's also a good place to stop in for a quick snack in the middle of your day. Ritzy atmosphere and classy appearance - definitely dress to impress. A little overpriced for dinner but when it's all said and done, I'd go back.
  • Salsa Sudada (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • If you're looking for somewhere to take your Brazilian friends, this is the place. Big hangout for the local Latin crowd. Not as international as other salsa clubs, but still a very good experience. They offer lessons and have a decent selection at the bar. It is a great place to dance till dawn and maybe...meet a friend or two. The dance floor is a tad small, but you can still have a great time.
  • Air (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Daikanyama)
  • 2009/01/04
  • A great little hole-in-the-wall if you're looking to dance and meet some good "vibing" people. Definitely some good house music and solid progression. It'll keep you up all night.
  • Sweets Paradise: Shibuya (Japanese Sweets & Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/26
  • Holy diabetes, Batman! If you're looking for a great way to send your bloodsugar through the roof, go here. Sweets abound, but the smaller pieces allow you to enjoy without making an extra notch in your belt. Thought their specialty really is dessert, the food is pretty good, too. If feels a bit like a school cafeteria, but the food certainly doesn't taste like the stuff you ate in elementary school.
  • Pink Sweet Berry (Cafes / Shibuya)
  • 2008/12/26
  • Tasty fro-yo is a nice break from the heavy ice creams at places like Cold Stone or even Baskin Robbins. They've got lots of topping options and the staff is friendly with limited English ability (you can order easily, but asking for directions might get a bit more difficult). Prices are pretty much what you'd expect at a place like this. There is usually space available for sitting. Nothing majorly special.
  • Club Asia (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Pumpin' every night of the week...house music, hip-hop, and I've heard that some nights are even rock and roll...but don't quote me on that. During the weekends there are not many foreigners in the place, but during the week there's a good mix.
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