When I heard this idea on the radio a few years ago I thought it might be something that I could try as a way of motivating myself to go to some places with my wife that I’m usually not too interested in. I did think of suggesting it to her and then taking it in turns to come up with things to do for each letter but I thought she would dismiss it as a silly idea straight away so decided to keep it secret.
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The rules are quite simple. Do something for each letter going in alphabetical order. It would be quite easy to do an A-Z of dining out experiences so I decided that should be limited to only ten…..which is probably still too many! It was fun thinking up ideas for each letter but reality is a different matter altogether! Of course there are always going to be better and more interesting things to do for each letter but this is what we did for part three of this series…
K is for Kaiten-zushi
I didn’t really want to do too many Japanese words for letters as this is a blog for English readers but this option was a fairly easy one to get K out of the way as a good opportunity to do the following letter was on the horizon. For the unitiated, Kaiten-zushi is the conveyor-belt style of sushi restaurants although the days of plates going round are becoming less and less common. Times have changed a bit and in recent years everything is made fresh and sent by a mini-train directly to your table.
L is for LaLaport (October 2021)
After we’d had our second Covid vaccination we continued south along the Yurakucho Line to Toyosu to Lalaport for some lunch and shopping whilst we were still feeling ok. We started off by having some nice Vietnamese lunch before wandering round a few shops (heaven for her but definitely not for me!) as well as the nice area on the waterfront outside.
M is for Mizukokaizuka Park (November 2021)
This was something of a find when just exploring Google Maps along the Tobu Tojo Line. We were the only ones in Mizukokaizuka Park to see the Autumn leaves, Jōmon-Period (14,000–400 BC) pit-house dwellings from prehistoric Japan and basically just enjoy visiting a part of Saitama unknown to us. It is said that the park was built to preserve the remains of a village from approximately 6000 years ago. Little did we know that there was also a frog shrine a short walk beyond the park. More details here.
N is for Nakano (December 2021)
Tetsugakudo-koen bills itself as a philosophy “theme park” aimed at spiritual cultivation which is truly one of its kind. There are said to be 77 philosophical features in the garden and there are lots of uniquely named points such as the Garden of Materialism, the Junction of Doubt, the Garden of Idealism and the road of Cognition among others. Our time in Nakano began there and my wife liked it a lot. She was not so keen on the rest of Nakano though where we went to Nakano Broadway and had eel for lunch. More details here.
O is for Oji (December 2021)
We took the bus to Asukayama Park and walked round there for a bit before visiting the two shrines which mark the start and end point for the annual New Years Eve Fox Pageant Festival. We also had some pizza slices from Rocco’s which is a place I’d heard was good for American style pizza. A long walk home followed!
Click here to read ‘Alphabet Dating In Japan With My Wife Who Was Completely Unaware Of The Task At Hand! (S01E01: A-E)’
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