Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills is it's own world. You even have to take a few escalators to get to the central complex. Reaching the top takes you to a high-end area that has a small neighborhood feel but still filled with shops and restaurants. The L'atelier Joel Rubuchon restaurant is found here. But my husband and I walked to the far end and turned a corner to get to a restaurant we were far more interested in: Sukiyabashi Jiro

Manned by Jiro's younger son, Takashi, this 2-star Michelin restaurant is a symphony in itself. For them, the preparation is as important as the final dish. Takashi and his sous chef, the same one in the documentary, would explain how they prepared each sushi. Many of the seafood takes hours - quite interesting since they're all eaten raw. After that 15-course (ok, 15-sushi) meal, I can say that I have eaten the best sushi in the entire world. Takashi even noticed my husband make 'umami' sounds, which totally pleased him. For these people, sushi is not just food. It's a presentation, a show, an orchestra. That in itself makes them deserve the standing ovation everyone around the world has given them, whether they've tried the sushi or not.

Besides that, Roppongi Hills is a center for art as it has three major museums: National Art Center Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, and Suntory Museum of Art. Even the public chairs have become art pieces, too. 

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