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Tenkaippin (ramen) and short trip in Shinjuku

   We are now in Shinjuku. The reason for visiting Shinjuku today was because I planned on going to introduce a very popular tourism spot to my readers abroad. 
   But this article is not about such tourism spots… yet! (Sorry!) Because there was so much that I wanted to show and introduce before I even came here.

 – Update – Very popular tourism spot in Shinjuku (Bottom) 


The area surrounding Shinjuku station

   So let’s start! Here you can see that the East Entrance for Shinjuku is in Kabukicho. If you want to go to Kabukicho when you visit, please remember that the exit to the station is the ‘east entance!’ 
   Also, as you make your way through the walkways of the station you’ll see many posters of the Buddha statues on the wall, and I couldn’t help but take a picture. All over Japan the tours regarding Buddha look good so I’m thinking that one day I might make an article about it. For now here’s the poster though! 

   Once you get out of the front of the station, even us Japanese who are getting use to Shinjuku feel that it is still such a huge part of the city. Shinjuku has a completely different feel in comparison to other places like Shibuya, Roppongi and Harajuku. 


Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Building in Shinjuku

   The country’s most major organizations are built in Shinjuku. The oblong building in front is The Tokyo Assembly’s Diet Building.

   Since Tokyo plan to host the 2020 Olympics you can see the flag almost everywhere. During the Olympic season lots of people from abroad will visit, and as Japanese we feel that we can share our unique culture of ‘omotenashi’ when you visit. On this website we also plan to introduce more and more so that you do not feel uneasy when you come here.

   Also, you can see buildings resembling high-rise twin towers behind the Tokyo Assembly Diet Building – so I thought I’d pay a visit. Let’s go!


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku

   Woaaaaah it’s tall! The Tokyo Government Office is a very frequently visited spot for tourists from all over so when you come to Japan be sure to add it to your “must see” list! 

Related Articles:
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office: Symbolic Building in 2020 Olympic City

Information: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Totyo-mae Station
Official Website: Tokyo Metropolitan Government


The ways of eating ‘Tenkaippin Ramen’

(てんかいっぴん) (天下一品)

   Well, the Tokyo Assembly Diet Building and the Government Office are quite a walk from the station so we got a bit hungry… We started to crave ramen, and so, with stomachs growling we made our way to the Shinjuku (West Entrance) branch of ‘Tenkaippin Ramen’

   Although this ramen restaurant is called ‘Tenkaippin,’ it’s common for Japanese people to call it just ‘Tenichi’ for short.

   Furthermore, one of the characteristics of this restaurant in particular is the soup’s richness. There are two kinds of soup to choose from; meaning that you can choose between the original soup’s richness or the Shoyu’s light taste. It even (literally) says on the menu ‘rich’ and ‘light.’

   Almost all Japanese fans of ‘Tenkaippin’ choose the ‘rich’ kind. Coming to the restaurant just for this ‘Kotteri’ soup is very common. Look at this picture of the soup being scooped up! This spoon-like tool is called a ‘renge;’ not only used to spoon up the soup, but as the soup becomes thicker it starts to stick to the circumference of the china spoon! This is what is meant by richness, or ‘Kotteri.’ Although I am unsure of your tastes, please take the opportunity to try it if you come to Japan!

   Next is about the way food is eaten in this ramen shop! The thing placed in the pot is this place’s ‘special’ topping – Karashimiso! As I said before, the ramen here is thick, so the flavour can be changed. Now it’s time for the special topping! The tingly spices does its job in helping the dish become even more delicious.

Please Note
   When this topping is added the flavour changes a lot. Using this topping means that you’ll taste something different instead of just the thick ramen with nothing else added. Adding such toppings therefore means you won’t know the true flavour. 

   There’s something else! Something that isn’t displayed on the counter but is instead a ‘hidden topping’ – ‘mustard garlic!’ This also has an effective ‘punch’ and is very delicious so by all means please try it! When you want something like this, you can request it from the shop assistants free of charge. (Try saying ‘ninniku’!) The shop assistant may think ‘huh? why would they know this?’ but your knowledge will surprise them – in a good way! 

   Of course since it is a ~secret~ topping I cannot upload photos. (Hehe.)

Here’s an article on Tsukemen: “So good!” 3 Famous Tokyo Tsukemen as Shared by Japanese

Information: Tenkaippin Ramen in Shinjuku

Open: 10:30 – 3:00 (next day)
Phone: 03-3342-2427
Price: 720-yen ~
Official Website: Tenkaippin Ramen


Here’s something I found on the way back

   I picked up on something that I discovered while aimlessly walking on the way back home.

   I’m pretty sure everyone knows ‘Kabukicho,’ but sometime I will write about it in more detail – for now it’s just pictures! 

   When you hear Shinjuku I think everyone imagines the front of the station, or the Government Office like in this post. (Think big cities.) But there’s ‘retro’ scenery like this too. As you can see on the right hand side of the picture, washing is left out to dry in a pretty jumbled way, right? It makes us happy for you to see the more real, everyday Japanese scenery too. 

   Also there’s this! On the mains street, in the footpaths being faced here, there was suddenly a Ninja box! Don’t they have just a normal leisure facility? If you come across one of these during your travels just disguise yourself! Since Japanese ‘ninja’ are pretty famous overseas I’d like to try introducing them, but that’s for another time.

   That’s all for today’s article!

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