The large, towering buildings congregate in the handfuls as a shoppers delight. But it's not the clothing that drew us in. It was the food. The (multiple) underground levels of each mall is a foodie's delight. From Dean and Deluca and other prominently chic bakeries to winding food stalls nearly a football field deep filled with ready made or cook at home foods, Bryan and I spent hours in the cave of artificial lighting - hopping from one mall to the next (which is usually connected by underground tunnels) - absorbing, visually and otherwise, the great eats.
After two months of South East Asian travels, subjected to the same types of foods on offer - generally in the fried rice or noodle varieties - Japanese cuisine opened my mind back up to the possibility of endless menus. Every day brought a different meal. And every day, my stomach thanked me.
|Taiyaki - fish shaped pastry (this one filled with vanilla custard and chocolate sauce)|
|Kamameshi - iron pot of rice and toppings found in Nara|
|green pea sweet pastry|
|Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki - meats and veggies cooked in broth or soy sauce|
|Okonomiyaki - the iconic Japanese pancake|
|unidentified street food|