August 06, 2012


OK, it exists in the strange fold in time-space that is Ikebukaro. It's just past the east exit of the station across from the Helllo Kitty store.

From 11:00-16:00 they have a pizza buffet, or as the Japanese call it,"Viking Style" (except at Shakeys, where they still call it a buffet...). Anyhoo...the pizza joint of our childhoods is still around...but like all things brought back from the dead it's warped and strange. You see the Japanese have some VERY strange ideas about what goes on pizzas. This is not actually a bad thing as there is a very wide selection.

The ambiance, however, is vintage Shakeys.  Be advised that this place has American sized drinks. I ordered my first coke since arriving and, being used to the Japanese sizes I ordered a large..I received a bladder burster that would have given Mayor Bloomberg a conniption.

I'd seen Shakeys for the first time in 20 years or more when my friend BOB! took me to Japan in 2007. I never found it on subsequent trips and had assumed it had faded into oblivion here too. Today...I wasn't actually looking for it, I was just doing some shopping, as it poured down rain all day.

My ankle is much better and I'm taking it easy and studying Japanese the rest of the evening, as it is still rainy. It's supposed to clear up tomorrow and if my ankle has continued to improve I'll go much farther afield.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 03:39 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I had not heard of "viking style".  I did a Google search.  I don't recommend doing that.  "Viking Style" refers to...other things, as well.

Posted by: Ben at Mon Aug 6 10:32:03 2012 (/Mdmg)

2 Shakeys... Japan is frickin' weird.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Aug 6 20:30:58 2012 (DuJ3r)


It's strange how some American franchise brands which have died here seem to find new life in Japan. In the US, A&W is nearly dead, but I've heard that they're all over the place in Okinawa.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tue Aug 7 05:00:04 2012 (+rSRq)


It's strange how some American franchise brands which have died here seem to find new life in Japan.

Like "Spinal Tap", heh heh heh....

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Aug 8 15:31:28 2012 (+rSRq)

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