By now, on our fourth night in Japan, we were starting to get over the jet lag. As such, we were finally able to stay awake past 5 PM and so decided to check out the Kyoto night life as this would be our last day here.
Because I came here with Jennifer in 2002, I sort of knew where we needed to go. At least, with a little help from the hotel concierge, I remembered the bus route. Once we got on the bus, I started looking for the Wonder Tower building which would mark the exact bus stop that Jennifer and I used.
Now it’s getting just darn weird. Is this a storage shed? Is there janitor equipment behind this door or does it lead into some kind of dark rabbit hole? Do we take the red pill or the blue pill? We knocked but no answer, tried the knob but were denied.
We finally see what appears to be an innocuous bar with a doorman greeting customers. We walk up and he immediately gives us the “batsu”, an “X” formed with the forearms. I happen to know that this is Japanese for there is no f-ing way you are stepping foot into this establishment.
OK, we’re done here. Let’s check out the game rooms.
The crane games are interesting. On this one, there are prizes hanging by a ring on a peg. All you have to do is move the crane from one side to the other until it is lined up with one of the prize rings. If you’re on target, the crane will hook the ring and pull the prize off the peg. It looks easy.