Can’t Stop Sweating… Rush into the New Shinbashi Building to Take Refuge from the Heat!
This area was once the site of Japan’s biggest post-war black market. This historic 43 year-old building is still called ‘new’. It’s an oasis for energetic salarymen!
Summer Fatigue? Then Go to Fruit Ozawa!
This juice stand looks a little disorganized but won’t let you down! Under the menu is a detailed description of the effect each fruit gives, so you can decide what to order depending on how you feel.
I order ‘parsley juice’ (430 yen), as parsley’s distinctive smell is good for increasing appetite or removing fatigue, according to the menu. The staff grabs a bunch of parsley and stuffs it into the mixer using the sticker. Then green juice comes out, which is mixed with other fruit to make a tasty smooth juice!
Yeeees!!! Look at this vibrant green color! The juice doesn’t taste as bitter as it looks but has lots of parsley flavor, so it’s very easy to drink. It feels like stimulating my weak body and boosting my energy!
Go to Powa on the 2nd Floor Try Their Perfectly Chewy Spaghetti Napolitano.
Getting my appetite back, I go upstairs of the building to find a number of massage shops. A non-Japanese woman is trying to pull me in, but I manage to overcome the temptation and get to my destination, the old tea salon Powa. This place has been doing the business since the building was opened. (Isn’t that great?)
The retro rotary dial phone is welcoming you at the entrance.
Powa is a luxury cafe mainly for middle-aged customers (who are mostly in their 50’s). The luxurious atmosphere makes me feel as if I were in a club or something exclusive for senior members.
Here comes the Spagghetti Napolitan (690 yen). The perfectly stir-fried spaghetti has chewy, al dente texture, and is mixed with bacon, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions. It’s just the right amount for me. I think this will help me recover from summer fatigue!