Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

Name: John Price

Occupation: Attorney

Hometown: New York City via Tokyo, Japan

Diva Minds Want to Know…

1. Where do you like to flirt?

I tend to flirt where I see beautiful women and so I flirt a lot in Tokyo. But if I had the choice of location, I would go to go to Yoyogi Kooen (park) with a friend and start up a conversation with someone.

If I am looking for a short time affair, I go to Roppongi. Roppongi is the nexus where Japanese and Western people go to meet each other for romance and fun.

2. Where’s your favorite table for two?

That is hard call. There are so many good restaurants in Tokyo tucked into every corner of Tokyo. But I would recommend Gazpacho. It is in Nishi Azabu and President Bush ate there during his visit to Japan. It is three floors with the top floor a sushi restaurant. The lower two floors are open with the second floor consisting of separate rooms set against the outside of the restaurant looking down into to the whole restaurant. I went there with this Japanese model who picked me up in a red Porsche Boxster. The food is great, too.

Also, there is a great Thai restaurant on the 60th floor of the Marunuchi building. Check it out.

3. Where should we stay when we visit (besides your place)?

It depends. If you are looking for deals, go to Shinagawa because there are these nice hotels for good prices. And if you are looking for headquarters in the high end shopping district, stay in Ginza. But if you are looking to be in the party area and have good access to the whole city, I recommend Shinjuku because it is a good area to party and the massive Shinjuku eki (train station) will get you wherever you want to go in Tokyo.

4. What quality do you find irresistible in a woman?

Beauty and energy. It is so great to meet someone who is just having so much fun and is full of energy. She needs to smile and laugh a lot because I like to smile and laugh a lot, too. Also, she should know how to dress sexy when she wants. That makes me happy.

Actually when a girl wants to take me somewhere like to a new restaurant, a beautiful temple, or to a new country (especially if she is beautiful and the country is Japan), I usually find those offers irresistible.

5. Where can we find you on a free Sunday afternoon? Just roll over?

If I did not party too much on the Saturday night before, I would have gone to the Harajuku’s Gold Gym (best gym ever!) in the morning. Feeling great, I would meet up with a friend and spend part of the afternoon walking through Harajuku and Omote Sando looking at beautiful people and the punk teenagers and then stroll through Yoyogi Kooen (park).

Yoyogi Kooen is so beautiful during Hanami (Cherry Blossom Festival) when everyone is in the park drinking while the cherry blossoms are falling from the trees. I have never seen people enjoying themselves so much. People are playing live music, throwing frisbees and eating and drinking and laughing in the park with friends past nightfall in the spring and summer.

6. What do you love most about your city (besides our arrival)?

There are so many things that are great about Tokyo. It is a great party town. It is unbelievably safe and clean. The food is great. And the city is so big, there are always new places to go and see. You can fly from Tokyo in the evening and party in Seoul, Shanghai, or Beijing at night.

But I love the people the most. The people are so polite and nice. My first day I arrived in Tokyo from the airport with my bags, I looked lost and a Japanese woman stopped and asked me if I needed her help. Then she helped me carry out my heavy bags up the stairs out of the station and found me a hotel to stay in for the night and did not think anything of it. I knew I had found my home and a date.

7. What should we bring when we visit your town? What should we leave with?

Bring lots of money. You need to lots of money to live in Tokyo and lots of money to have a good time in Tokyo. Things are so expensive it will blow your mind but you can buy whatever you want from swords to the nicest, greatest clothes in the world. And the stuff in Tokyo is high quality and the sushi is great if you are willing to pay for it.

You will probably leave tired and with a hangover because the Japanese like to drink and party and places stay open all night. And you might as well because it is a long flight back and you can sleep on the plane.

8. What do we absolutely have to see while we’re there?

Roppongi Hills. You really need to see the Roppongi Hills complex. It is very new and the most futuristic complex I have ever seen. It is designed so beautifully with artwork, beautiful views, relaxing music, and a nice garden with benches on the lower levels which I fell asleep on with a friend around 4:00 after clubbing in Roppongi all night.

Asakusa

You need to see Sensoji Temple at Asakusa. The temple is beautiful.

Shibuya

You also need to see Shibuya with the giant TV screens on the buildings outside the eki. This was the place in “Lost in Translation” with the dinosaur walking across the building.

Harajuku

The Takashita dori (street) is the supreme teenage shopping area. You will see the Japanese teenagers dressed up Goth, like Little Bo Peep, and fake tannned and crazy made up girls. They really go extreme with their styles. It is so funny.

Meiji Jingu-mae Temple

And spend part of the day here if you want to see a relaxing and beautiful temple near the Harajuku and Omote Sando shopping areas.

9. Any areas of town we should avoid?

No, Tokyo is totally cool and safe wherever you go. Every area has its own vibe. Some vibes are better than others.

10. Any local secrets you want to share?

There are so many cool places that you find in Tokyo if you live there. But there is a special place in Tokyo called Jingu-mae ni-chome. There is a hidden bar there called called Bonebo. It used to be a recording studio so when you close the door to the bar you cannot hear a sound outside. When I first went there with a friend there was just me, my friend and the bar owner sitting in a room drinking on funky couches listening with great music. The next night I went there with an ex-girlfriend and some other friends, there was this monster party there where I met a former Chinese model and the most beautiful Japanese girl I had ever seen. I went out on great dates with both of them.

11. What are the best bars in Tokyo?

The best bar in Tokyo is Geronimo. I cannot believe bars like this still exist. It is on the second floor next to the Roppongi eki. The bartenders do not give a damn. The wall is covered with names of expats and Japanese people. To get your name on the wall you need to finish ten shots in a row. There are other drinking feats that you need to perform to get your tie on the wall which they cut off you with scissors. There is a lifesize wooden statue of some Indian which I presume to be Geronimo. You meet strippers, filthy rich expat executives, and a lot of my buddies are there all the time.

I bring foreigners and Japanese girls I meet in Roppongi to Geronimo immediately upon finding out they have not been there before. I have had some fun times there.

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