I’d been meaning to listen to this episode of the Tokyo Jazz Joints podcast but a friend of mine recommending the site the other day finally got me to listen. Before the plague, I had become a “regular customer” at Narcissus — if regular customer means the owner remembered who I was when I came in once every few months. The other jazz kissa I used to go to in Tokyo, Mary Jane, closed when the neighborhood it was in was redeveloped.
I know very little about jazz other than I like to listen to it. I do like the atmosphere at jazz cafes. So the podcast brought back some nice memories when one could go to a small cafe in a crowded neighborhood and the biggest concern was worrying about navigating the touts outside — or if I had forgot something at the Okinawan restaurant where I would eat dinner, as I did the first time I went to Narcissus. (Fun fact, if you do that your chances of being remembered at a coffee shop increase greatly.)
I saw a ukiyo-e exhibit at a local museum while waiting for a bus. That bus took the expressway from Shizuoka Station to a bus terminal in Makinohara city. From there, I took a local bus to Omaezaki, which is on a small peninsula which juts out into the Pacific.
I was going to buy something at a convenience store and eat it in the park but I found a restaurant in the prefectural office tower. I went there to see the view from the observation deck on the 21st floor. I was surprised I could faintly see Fujiyama through the mist and clouds from the observation deck.