My friend V told me about her favorite place in Japan to eat and If I was there I am sure it would be mine too.
It’s a place called Sweets Paradise. It’s an all-you-can eat dessert restaurant, and for those who enjoy sweets it must be basically heaven on earth!
Sweets Paradise is like a chubby kid’s dream come true. The premise or “CHALLENGE” is simple: you pay ¥1,480 (about $15.00) and they give you 90 minutes to gorge yourself into a diabetic coma on, as the sign says, Cake! Pasta! Sandwich! Drink! A quick guide to visitors to Japan on a budget (or lovers of all-you-can-eat deals in general) here are the characters to look out for when scanning restaurant signage
The characters 食べ放題 (tabehoudai) mean “all you can eat.
” Similarly, the characters 飲み放題 (nomihoudai) mean “all you can drink.”
The characters バイキング (baikingu) mean “Viking” and is a slang Japanese term that refers to a “buffet.”
“Dessert Viking” is the theme at Sweets Paradise. The term “Viking” probably has its origins in the more appropriate Swedish word, “Smörgåsbord.”
V says everything is delicious…I hope to check it out on my next trip to Tokyo, of course after my sushi fix and midnight ramen run.
Where did the concept of wild theatrical hairdos, with all manner of pins and brooches and one liter of very sticky glue-like spray come from? Surely if you have been to Japan you have noticed the phenomenon known as “hostess hair.” I can assure you that the phrase, “Let your hair down,” could not be used with any of the top Ginza hostesses. It would take her almost an hour to deconstruct one of her best doos and by then I would be out of the mood. No typhoon could demolish properly constructed hostess hair either.
Doesn’t everyman want to run his fingers through a lovely girl’s hair during a sensual moment? Not in the cards…if your face even brushed up against her hair for a moment while dancing or even more intimate activities there are several possible side effects. Skin abrasion, eye damage, intoxication and then hallucination from the hairspray or perhaps your beard could become stuck to her hair like Velcro.
Has anyone ever asked the dates or “dohans” as they are called in “Hostess World” if they even like hostess hair?
Certainly there is a thriving business in hostess hair because every night each young woman who works at the drinking establishments all over Japan is transformed at one salon or another for thousands of hard earned yen.
Perhaps it is a holdover from the Geisha days when even then women spent hours having their hair done for evening entertainment. I am working on a hostess hair helmet similar to the fourteenth century powdered wigs but of course hard and shellacked to help save hostess girls time and money every day and even protect against rain or a blow to the cranium…simply pin your hair down and pull on the helmet. I am looking for investors…we could make a fortune.