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Taking it to the Street – Tokyo Style.

June 26, 2011

After a good night’s sleep in a hotel Practically Perfect in Every Way, we went down to the 41st floor for provisions.

The restaurant was hushed in a way difficult to describe.  The Pheebs dined on fruits and coffee.

A lifetime ago, I had dated a girl whose father was a member at Oakland Hills Country Club http://www.oaklandhillscc.com/, and she took us there one evening for dinner.  It was a surreal experience – dining in the most posh of dining rooms in one of the most historic country clubs in North America.  I’ve dined in many high end venues since then – and this was one of the few times where I felt as I did sitting in the Grill at Oakland Hills.

The photo really doesn’t capture the feel of the place – while it’s possible to see the mirror finish on the floor, you can’t see how the wood glowed. Yes, it glowed as if to be lit from within.

No one spoke above a whisper.

I ordered a ham and cheese omelet, which, when delivered appeared unreal.  It was perfect – no blemishes, no seams, no surface irregularities.  It looked all the world like an egg-colored miniature blimp.

The cost of a sublime breakfast?  North of $100 for two.  The omelet alone was $38.

Thus fortified, we passed through the bamboo forest

said goodbye to the  Women in Black guarding the door, and hit the street.

When we travel to a new city, we like to wander around aimlessly so as to get a ‘feel’ for the place.  No itinerary, no destination in mind – just soaking up the ambience.

Initial reaction?  We were in Anytown.  This could have been Charlotte, Chicago, Toronto…just about anywhere.  one has to look closely at vehicles and singage to pick up the differences.  Perhaps if we walked a bit further away from the hotel…

Ahh…that’s more like it!

It rained most of our visit, so the sky’s a bit gray.  Fortunately, the buildings and signage made up for it.

It turns out both bicyclesand the venerable Honda Cub

are still viable means of transportation in this clean and somewhat orderly city.  More on the orderly part later.

There was lots to photograph, and much more to see – so we’ll keep posting.   Enjoy!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2011 9:56 pm

    looks way crazier then New York but way cooler too. I want to eat somewhere that quiet. so far the service in the states tends to suck.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      June 29, 2011 11:31 pm

      Emily!

      It was chaotic in an aorderly sort of way. We liked Singapore much more so.

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