After checking out the skyscrapers of Nishi-Shinjuku, I decided to walk around Shinjuku ward a bit more to see what else was in the area. It’s a major commercial area after all.
I had already spent the morning at a Bic Camera and shopped at a Uniqlo just outside the Nishi-Shinjuku store. I kept telling myself: “Don’t go in, don’t go in, don’t go…”
Then I stumbled upon a 100 Yen store. I went in just to see if I could find anything good inside. After buying an aluminum frying pan, some chocolates, nuts and other goodies, I was back out again. Japan’s 100 yen stores are pretty damn nice for you will always find a few items look like a very good bargain, even if the quality isn’t the greatest.
What are host and hostess bars? These hosts and hostesses cater to women and men mostly, and patrons pay to sit and chat with the club’s hosts. Yup. You pay for company. Talk, have drinks, play games and on occasions, if the club allows it, you may take the host or hostess out for a date — which costs even more. It’s a pretty interesting world, and VICE have two mini documentaries on this industry (one for hosts and hostesses). Some hosts and hostesses become mini-celebrities and it’s unbelievable how much money some of them get their patrons to spend. Of course, this job also involves drinking copious amounts of alcohol on a daily basis, and which I’m sure is not something that’s good for your body in the long run.
What’s inside? A bizarre show of girls and robots and dinosaurs… and… actually, just watch this clip from Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown:
Post-dinner, I tried the Zakuzaku pastry. How was it? Hmmm, it was okay. Maybe I should have had it fresh at the store itself, it would have been crunchier. Was it worth waiting line for more than 15 minutes? No. Tried it, scratched it off my list, and won’t bother again.
And that was the end to this day. Tomorrow, I would spend time by Sumida River to see the cherry blossom festivities there, and then take a boat ride to Odaiba — to see the famous Gundam robot!