More than a year later, I finally got to meet up with my friend Emiko today for a pancake lunch in Shinjuku.
When my friends asked me what I was doing this weekend, I said I was meeting up with a friend to have lunch in Shinjuku. Naturally, many thought that this friend was someone from the same university back home in London, or something like that. But Emiko and I met in the most unusual circumstances.
We actually met last summer, on the airplane coming back from Tokyo to London! We were sat next to each other throughout the whole journey (13hrs) and only towards the end did we decide to make conversation and find out more about each other! Not long afterwards we became friends on Facebook (the wonders of technology) and we hadn’t really spoken since we first met on the airplane.
Now that I’m in Japan, I messaged Emiko asking if she wanted to meet up, and almost 18 months later we finally got to see each other again for the second time! HAHAHA, pretty unusual story, right?
But it’s funny, we chatted for a good few hours as if we had known each other for a long time. Lunch was at Slappy Cakes, a pancake eatery in Lumine Est building in Shinjuku. We ordered a portion of Eggs Benedict and a triple chocolate pancake dish which we halved, so we both had something savoury and sweet to eat.
Afterwards we went shopping and looked around for a bit. It was incredibly busy, and I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of people. It’s been a while since I went into central Tokyo and I had almost forgotten what city life was like as I’ve been living in Hitotsubashi Gakuen. I’m basically living out in the sticks (well in comparison to central Tokyo, the Kodaira area is practically old folk countryside) so I’m used to the quietness and the slow life, which is weird since I’ve always been a city girl. So many lights, so many shops, so many people!!
Fortunately, Emiko said that there was a really good macaron shop inside the Lumine building so we went there for a sweet snack, and I was able to sit down and relax.
I had the Framboise flavoured one, and boy was it good! The filling was so fresh and the macaron was so soft and chewy! Yum!
It was then time for us to say goodbye and I returned home, happy and full of food! Thank you so much for a lovely day out, Emiko! Please come and visit me at the tearoom sometime in the New Year! 🙂