This Saturday I visited a couple of Tokyo institutions in Ikebukuro – Jiro Ramen and Nekorobi. Jiro Ramen is hard to explain until you’ve tried it – many locals are fond of saying, “It’s not ramen, it’s Jiro.” I can’t say I enjoy Jiro, precisely, but for some reason I’m oddly fascinated by it. Even if I do feel as if I need to sit under a waterfall for a few hours after eating it to purify myself.
As for Nekorobi, it’s one of the earliest and best-loved Tokyo cat cafes. Alas I find these places too expensive to go to regularly, but Nekorobi is quite reasonable for one so popular, and it has the additional merit of offering free soft drinks, coffee and tea with the price of admission. The star of the show for me here are a couple of Norwegian Forest Cats (which seem to be quite popular at nekokissa – perhaps they have a mellow temperament in addition to their regal appearance) although the white cat in the video put on a rather impressive display of acrobatics.