Food: Asia and japan02 Aug 2010 05:45 pm

I don’t know how businessmen do it; travelling around the world, arriving in a new city and conducting full days of business while jet lagged, then going out at night and waking early the next day to do it all again. These first few days in Tokyo have been draining, but exciting.

Last night, our prefecture hosts from Okinawa invited us out to an izakaya near the hotel. An izakaya is a place where you eat and drink then eat and drink; they are famous for all you can drink packages. Although I initially thought I might crash for the night or go out and explore on my own, I eventually decided to hang out with the crew. 10 or so of us from the group of 14 headed out with the two other JETs who have been in Japan for some time to an izakaya called “The Lock Up.” It’s got a theme of “haunted jail” and is kind of a kooky place.

We rode an elevator up 6 floors (which to be honest was one of the most terrifying parts of the evening) and then I stuck my hand through a guillotine to get the door to the bar to open. Inside, we were taken to a private “cell” in a sort of dungeon like restaurant where we indulged in a 3800 Yen ($38, give or take) all you can drink and non stop food option.

I think my favourite part were the science themed drinks. Many came in beakers, flasks and syringes and you had to mix them at the table. They were delivered by a sexy police officer.

Tony gets lead to our “cell” by “Officer Naughty”

Some of the drinks available, including a “OleOle” which was a milky boozy drink with an Oreo in a mortar and pestle you crushed then added to the drink, a test tube set with liquers you added to your mixers with a pipette and various other awesome drinks.

Here’s a video of one of the drinks in action; it was juice in a beaker you poured over another drink with cotton candy and pop rocks on top. As the cotton candy melted, the pop rocks fizzled in the drink.

Part way through the night, the lights suddenly went out. A siren came on; the “inmates” had escaped. The “inmates” came running through the room, scaring the shit out of us. Oh, Japan.

I’m glad I battled jet lag to stay up for this!

2 Responses to “The Lock Up, Tokyo”

  1. on 04 Aug 2010 at 12:32 am Roz

    Wow Kel!!!! Looks like it’s been lots of fun so far! Crrraaazy with the drinks and the naughty police uniform! looking fwd to reading more!!!!

  2. on 07 Aug 2010 at 9:54 am A Canadian Foodie

    Hilarious! Only in Japan. Love the drink video and the whole concept, really – but, you were brave to stick it out. However, like you, I would have totally regretted missing something like this! Amazing!
    🙂
    Valerie