Japan is known for being one of the cleanest and up-to-date countries in the world, but like any country, it has its own "seedy" and "grungy" parts. But as Eat Your Kimchi found out this week, this doesn't mean it's a bad thing. In fact, this may well turn out to be one of the best adventures ever!
This week, Simon and Martina were feeling a bit adventurous and decided to explore a nearby neighbourhood, Koenji. For those who are unaware, Koenji is known for being an older "punk" area and is relatively "grungy" compared to the newer parts of Japan. While the neighbourhood looks incredibly seedy, it turned out to be an absolutely amazing place to explore!
The couple stumbled across a restaurant that wasn't found on any digital map so they decided to check it out. While it wasn't exactly a "looker," the food turned out to be delicious and was incredibly cheap!
After a surprisingly great dinner, Simon and Martina ventured on and they stumbled across a bar that had, ahem, penis statues decorating its storefront. Male organ statues aside, the couple decided to check out the bar anyway and discovered that it was filled with elderly locals enjoying drinks.
After being served by the super-sweet 81-year-old owner, Simon and Martina ended up drinking and singing along with the elderly locals, and ended up having the time of their life.
So the moral of the story: don't be afraid to explore, you may end up having some of the most memorable experiences ever!
Listen right here to Simon and Martina talk about the seedy yet amazing side of Japan:
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