Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Simple and delicious sushi in Shibuya. And about the financial crises of the last 30 years.

Quite appropriately, my last evening in Tokyo for this trip, living a #Travelife, was a sushi dinner at one of my favourite neighbourhood joints with some of my favourite people.

In our table on Monday night were three owners of very successful companies and two others were the CEOs of some of the largest financial firms in Japan.

As this is the First World, too, everyone mostly made it on their own with lots of hard work, smart strategizing and good luck.

It's not like in the Third World where so many people get to call themselves CEO by inheriting Daddy's company and then attending board meetings and signing checks.


Work aside, we have lots in common so it's very comfortable to be around them, and the conversations are always incredibly fascinating.

Interestingly, we all eat at pretty fancy restaurants with other people most of the time -- and we're all dressing up and dining out practically every night of the year.

But when we get together, it's always a dressed down dinner at a rather anonymous little restaurant serving simple but good food.

In fact, I was the last one to arrive on Monday night and they'd teased me that I'd dressed up for the occasion although I'd really just put on my favourite coat dress from the fashionable Rue Majorelle indie designer boutique in Marrakech over a Gap flannel shirt and some slim black pants.

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But our dinners together are always around the neighbourhood in restaurants bordering on nondescript. One time recently it was to a crowded little bistro in Shibuya and still another time it was to an equally crowded tiny restaurant that served Japanese home-cooking.

Both not my first choices, but then I'm never there for the food anyway, when I'm with them.


This sushi place we went to last night is quiet but very good. It's frequented mostly by regulars -- no walk-in strangers carrying the Michelin Guide around here -- and the taste is very understated, the prices reasonable.

Monday night's conversation focused on a top Japanese haute couture designer who tells the fortune of his clients, ghosts in hotels around the world, cutting-edge companies in Taiwan, a weekend in New Orleans, a building someone should have bought in the commercial district of Niseko, and why it's so much better these days to just stay in hotels than to maintain weekend homes.

In other words, just another wonderful evening in my never-ending #Travelife.

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