July 2014 - Vikingess Voyages

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sightseeing in Tokyo: Cruising the Tokyo Bay on a Yakatabune (屋形船) Houseboat

11:47:00 PM
For people who are visiting Tokyo and want a unique dinner experience the small ships known as the Yakatabune is certainly a great option if your budget allows it. The usage of these ships has a long history dating back to the Edo period (1603-1868) when they were used by the upper class in Tokyo to enjoy occasions such as cherry blossom viewing, and a trip with one of the ships can thus be a great way to enjoy a good meal while experiencing some prime Japanese culture at the same time.

Girls in yukata taking pictures of the ship
Nowadays the Yakatabune is more often than not used for more or less formal dinner events where people often gather in groups of 20+ people to enjoy both a nice dinner but also with the nomikai setting (our menu included the all you can drink - nomihodai)
Inside the Yakatabune
Inside the Yakatabune.
Raw sliced fish - sashimi - is of course a part of the dinner menu
Enjoying dinner
In addition to the dinner itself you can also enjoy various sights as you cruise down to the Tokyo Bay and Odaiba. Unfortunately the sky was quite clouded when we started the cruise, so we couldn't see the Sky Tree that clearly. However it cleared up a bit during our trip, and we could enjoy the view of Tokyo Bay from the deck of the Yakatabune boat. I've added a couple of pictures from the trip here for those interested:
The Fuji TV Building shining in various colors
Enjoying the sunset and the sight of the Rainbow bridge
For people who want to try out the Yakatabune cruise there are various options. One company offers the trip for 10.800 yen/person if you're in a group of 20+ people (more information here), another for 14,500 yen/person (13,500/children) if you're only 2 or more people (more information here).


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tokyo Cafés: Rakuten Café in Shibuya

9:02:00 PM
The new Rakuten Café in Shibuya
It’s been about a month since the new Rakuten Café opened in Shibuya, and last week I finally had the chance to go there with some of my dōkis (coworkers) to check it out. The café is situated about 5 minutes away from Shibuya Station right by the Apple-store, so it was pretty easy to find.
Ordering coffee
You can try out Rakuten's Ebook Reader Kobo for free at the café
A description of the doughnut sold at the Rakuten Café
In the Rakuten Café you can find a selection of some of the best selling food products on Rakuten Ichiba, and the both the English and the Japanese menu comes with the typical “long page” format that includes detailed information about the various products. To be honest it looked a bit unfamiliar and strange to see the long page format in the English menu, but in the Japanese menu it looked quite nice.
Blueberry cake and coffee
Smoothie
As we had the day off we spent most of the day talking and hanging out in the café, and even though it was Monday there was a steady number of visitors to the café during the time we spent there. I'm glad we had the chance to go there outside of the weekend, as it certainly must be quite crowded during the weekend..
Enjoying the day at the Rakuten Café
This is actually already my second time writing about the Rakuten Café, as I also wrote a post a couple of days before the café's grand opening. Recently I’ve also written a number of posts about my work at Rakuten. Maybe you have heard about the Japanese word Shokugyōbyō (職業病)? Although the literal translation is Occupational Disease it can also mean to be crazy about your work (only buying things that your company sells, talking about the company all the time etc), so I have been starting to wonder whether I perhaps might have caught a mild Shokugyōbyō myself… Perhaps it's time to start writing a little bit more about things unrelated to my job.




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