My younger sister, the Nose, is coming in town.
Never let it be said that I passed an opportunity to harass a younger sister when the situation presented itself. One is never too old, or too mature, to practice this ritualistic behavior practiced throughout the generations. Of course, the benefit of sightseeing with a local is the opportunity to experience the hidden gems within a location.
I have a special few picked just for her….
The Nose has always enjoyed a good game of dress up, especially when role play is involved. Sometimes even an old pro needs a spark to reignite the imagination. For this, I have put together a tour of the Maid Cafes in Akihabara. Women, and some men, dress up in various iterations of the serving wench. And sometimes bunnies. (I haven`t discovered the link between these yet) The maids can be naughty or nice depending on their fancy for or against you. I have arranged for the Nose to drink a specially concocted foul cocktail guaranteed to bring on the heaves followed by a well delivered slap in the face by her maid of choice. I hope she finds revelation in the variety of costumes and personas on display. My little gift….
The Nose loves a good meal, and what better place to appreciate Japanese food than at the Nissin Ramen Museum? My personal suggested starting point is the “Ramen in Space” exhibit. Tang Instant Orange Drink and Ramen- um um good.
Followed by a dramatic presentation of the weekend box office blockbuster “Ramen” in the ramen cup. I mean theater. I`m hoping to be shaken and stirred.
Armed with perfected knowledge in the art of preparing the instant ramen noodle, she will be able to share her new-found knowledge with friends and family at picnics, backyard barbeques and Tupperware parties every where.
Immediately following the Ramen Exhibit is The Meguro Parasitological Museum. Home to a 30 foot tapeworm removed from a local man`s stomach as well as an exhibit of one`s brain on parasites:
I can only hope the Nose`s personal experiences removing stringy and shedding parasites from the nether regions of her own children and animals does not diminish this experience.
I briefly entertained the idea of the Tokyo Ice Bar but given every city with a space needle has one it seemed too contrived.
Actually, the Nose is quite selective when choosing a drinking establishment requiring it contain a certain ambiance, even decor- suited to her unique set of interests. I`ve found just the place. The Alcatraz bar. It`s not just a prison. It`s also a hospital. For the true adventure seeker in bar hopping. Which activity do you think she would enjoy more- a prison break or kidnapping?
If the Nose gives me any lip, I`ll leave her at the Hello Kitty Theme park for the day.
When traveling it`s nice to get a home cooked meals. I`ve perfected a new dish which will certainly tickle her palate. Post Larvae on rice.
I CAN`T wait until she gets here…..