Japan is known for its cultural oddities – girl groups, cosplayers, robots, and advanced toilet technology to name a few. Since our last trip to Tokyo only scratched the surface of bizarro-Japan, Mrs. Selfish and I vowed to find some of the weirder parts.
Starting with a pilgrimage to find a statue of one of Tokyo’s oldest icons: Godzilla.
Yeah, couldn’t resist taking that photo.
Searching for Godzilla
A quick search found that Godzilla was close to the Imperial Palace, in the adjacent Hibiya Park. With map in hand, we quickly set off to find the giant mutant.
While the park was lovely, Godzilla was no where to be found! Mrs. Selfish decided to ask the local park information – and discovered that Godzilla was actually in a much smaller park to the east.
Apparently Godzilla is no longer big in Japan.
If you’re trying to find the guy, Godzilla is located right next to the Starbucks behind the Hibiya station. I guess the guy is down on his luck.
Toilets from the Future – The Toto Store
Next we wandered over to the Toto Showroom, which is located on the 7th and 8th floor of the JR Minamishinshuku building in Shinjuku.
The Toto company is purveyors of some of the most advanced toilets known to man. Picture an IKEA with a focus on bathrooms.
Most toilets come with various sprays. Some make sounds when you push a button – like the sound of a gentle mountain stream. Others automatically raise the seat when you get within range, and can tell the difference between #1 and #2 (sorry, folks, there’s no delicate way of putting that).
They even had commercials showcasing their technology with various surprised people laughing and smiling. More than a little strange, but this is Japan after all.
The Tsukiji Fish Market
Last we re-visited the Tsukiji Fish Market. Although the market was greatly impacted by 2011’s tsunami and nuclear scare, it felt like business as usual. Unfortunately we missed the 5am entry to the tuna bidding auctions, but we had a lovely time walking the grounds.
We stopped for lunch in one of the lesser known sushi restaurants in the market. While the sushi wasn’t as good as Otomozushi in Kanazawa, it was fresh, excellent, and only set us back about 4500 yen.
Tomorrow, Mrs. Selfish will tackle our search for some of the best ramen in Tokyo. Stay tuned!