When I was walking around Ginza this afternoon, it was hard to believe that I was in Sanya this morning – they are completely different. Sanya is a working-class neighborhood, whereas Ginza is a ritzy, nice shopping district. It was such a shocking contrast.
In Ginza, a group of us went into a nice traditional Japanese store where they sold fancy paper, stationary, fans, etc. I bought a few souvenirs for my friends and family. After spending a lot of time in the store, we started to get a little hungry, and we knew that Ginza is known for their desserts! We spotted a nice looking 2nd floor tea room from the street, and went up to the restaurant. I think we went up the wrong way because we had to walk through basically the whole tea room to reach the hostess stand. During the long, awkward walk to the hostess stand, I noticed how underdressed I was compared to the other people there. I shouldn’t have worn shorts and a tshirt to Ginza! Frankly, I am surprised the hostess didn’t make me leave because I violated the dress code.
Lauren, Mary and I decided to order the champagne and macaroon special with another dessert, while Rachael decided to get a milkshake and a dessert. IT WAS SO GOOD…but very pricey! The tea room was French themed, and it was adorable. I felt like I was back in Paris for an hour. Even though the two macaroons and raspberry tart weren’t very filling, I decided that would be my dinner for the night since I spent 2,800 yen on sugar.
While I enjoyed my dessert very much, I thought about Sanya multiple times. How is it that only a few miles away there are day-laborers living in a working-class neighborhood? I guess this is the kind of thing that happens in a modern city. There will always be a contrast between the higher and lower class neighborhoods.