"Also in Shibuya is Shabuzen, the shabu-shabu
(a Japanese dish featuring thin slices of beef cooked with veggies) restaurant
where Bob and Charlotte have their first coarse moments, and, accordingly, a meal of cook-it-yourself meat. Located in
the basement of the Shibuya Creston hotel, Shabuzen is a warm and inviting space, quite large by Tokyo standards. The food
is outstanding, and the price is right starting at 3,800 yen ($36) for portions larger than one could possibly eat."
We even got to sit in the exact same booth!
"For a respite from Tokyo's relentlessly busy pace, do as Charlotte does in "Lost in Translation" and visit the
Jugan-ji Temple, within walking distance of the Park Hyatt. While it is a fairly run-of-the-mill temple by Japanese
standards, its location near the heart of busy Shinjuku makes it special indeed. Though you might not be moved to tears as
Charlotte was, chances are you'll be inspired by the sense of an older, calmer Tokyo in stark juxtaposition to the
We went to the Sony Building showroom
"The movie begins with Bob (Bill Murray) waking from a jet-lagged stupor in a cab along the Kabuki-cho side
of Yasukuni-dori in Shinjuku. As he passes seemingly endless rows of neon-encrusted buildings with fast-moving
Japanese signage, his face registers bewilderment, awe and disorientation -- a typical reaction for visitors."
And here we are at "the sushi place in Daikenyama" Ichikan from LIT
"Nearby is one of Tokyo's hippest nightclubs,
Air, where Charlotte and Bob spent time looking at oversized balloons
with a film of fireworks projected onto them among an oh-so-hip crowd. The club's name is not especially apt, since Air
is in a basement, but the scene is jumping here on weekends, with a good mix of hip-hop heads and house divas dancing the
night away. White vinyl chairs only look immaculate here -- the club is a bit on the dingy side. Nevertheless, the sound
system here is first-rate and the club experience authentic at Air."
Tokyo Tower on the way to Haneda Airport
my hotel room in Okinawa City
Here you can even see their version of Diamond Head
I was pleased to find this version of The Colonel in samurai costume