The Tasteful Retro Arch under the Girder Bridge! JR Asakusabashi Station (East Exit).
Asakusabashi area has more calm and quieter atmosphere than Asakusa area. Under the girder bridge, however, is filled with numerous izakayas, as well as nice cafes and bars that have opened recently. This is the right place to go if you would like to have an unusual date!
The Counter Has a Faucet for Each Customer! Yanagibashi Miyakozushi, a Standing Sushi Restaurant.
As my girlfriend feels like eating sushi, we head to Yanagibashi Miyakozushi Honten Tachigui-bu. This standing sushi restaurant is managed by only one owner.
Once we enter the restaurant, the owner quickly wipes the shiny stainless counter with a cloth, and then put pickled ginger on it. First we order canned beers.
The counter has a faucet for each customer, which is rarely seen. Actually, these are the remains of the old custom of eating sushi with hands, not with chopsticks. That’s totally different from a traditional sushi restaurant that has a hinoki-wood counter and hot oshibori (wet towel) offered to customers.
The alcohol beverages available are One-cup Ozeki (400 yen), canned beers (500 yen), and Sho-chu (Japanese distilled spirits).
Sushi lineups include Salmon, Geso (squid legs), Ika (squid), and Tako (octopus) for 75 yen per piece; Tamago (egg) and Saba (mackerel) for 100 yen per piece; Aji (horse mackerel), Hamachi (young yellowtail), Ebi (shrimp), and Kodai (small sea bream) for 125 yen per piece. At least 2 pieces per order needed.
Hotate (scallop) is 200 yen. The fluffy ‘shari’ rice with thick scallops! I’ll try them without soy sauce, as they are a little salted.
The rice has run out when Aji sushi comes to us. So, the owner needs to go get some rice at the main store, and we are asked to stay here during his absence, eating sushi. Lol!
A very colorful poster (which looks unmatched in the place) is on the wall. I was going to ask the owner who they are, but then I find two good-looking guys eating sushi at the end of the counter, wearing the same outfit (one in red, the other in yellow) as the ones in the poster! They are the members of the Japanese & Korean band called BEE SHUFFLE, as a matter of fact.
They look like the Power Rangers or something. Seeing them eating sushi heartily, we eat Tekka-maki (tuna roll), Akagai (ark shell), Ika (squid) and finally Tamago (egg). The sweet egg tastes like dessert! Thank you so much for the awesome sushi!
Stroll along Sumidagawa Terrace to Find the Best Spot to View Tokyo Skytree.
Leaving the sushi restaurant where a lot of things happened in a short time, we take a walk along Sumidagawa Terrace, a riverside walkway where Tokyo Skytree is visible. It feels great walking in the autumn breeze.
Sumidagawa Terrace is on both sides of Sumida River. It is filled with people enjoying the view of Tokyo Skytree while jogging or playing musical instruments.
RIBAYON, a Bar Where You Can Play Ping-Pong and Enjoy the Night View of Tokyo Skytree.
RIBAYON is located on the third floor of MIRROR, a commercial complex with the concept of ‘creating art and food’. This building offers an amazing view of Tokyo Skytree.
RIBAYON is on the third floor of MIRROR.
The other couple was playing ping-pong for fun, but we are not. It’s a serious game for us, as the loser must pay the entire bill.
I was thinking of going easy on my girlfriend, but she hits smash shots again and again, which makes me get so serious!
Thank you for your treat.
The beautiful Tokyo Skytree seen from the bar. I can’t enjoy the stunning view as I’m all worn out after the ping-pong.
I Let My Girlfriend Meet Doraemon at Bandai Headqurters.
My girlfriend says she cried at the movie ‘Stand by Me Doraemon’ the other day. So I decided to take her to Bandai Headquarters, which is within the walking distance, to let her meet Doraemon statue.
Here is Ultraman, too.
End Today’s Date at Asakusa Station.
I’ve had a date in Asakusa in the daytime before, but today is the first time dating at night. It’s so fun, you should try it after work!