Tuesday, 5 December 2017


 Kira Kira Ginza

The last weekend of November my best friends introduced me to Little Tokyo, a little corner at Melawai here in a nook of Jakarta. While they've been here multiple times before, this was my first experience. Originally, we were planning on hitting up a different restaurant, but it was packed with a long waiting list, so we quickly slide over to the one next to it called Kira Kira Ginza (translates to Sparkling Ginza), which seems quite peaceful and devoid of people. Long story short, I ended up loving the restaurant so much. The place is marked with a kabuki painting on top, guarded by a sliding door and opens up to a modest authentic-looking Japanese restaurant. They have a TV broadcasting Japanese shows on the counter, Japanese comic books at the back—mostly shounen manga, including a complete series of Monsters—and even the occasional Japanese and foreign guests. There is a wide array of food to choose from—usually the longest process for me—and they all taste like how I'd imagine authentic Japanese food tastes—I've never been to Japan, so I don't know. I'd recommend their chawan mushi, ramen and okonomiyaki.

Firu's old shirt // gifted jumper // vintage jumper skirt // Sis's purse // old hat + tights + boots // photos by Akita

Until now, I've only ever been to this place twice actually—the second time with my sister—but both very different experiences. While I came for dinner the first time, the second time I stopped by for lunch. In the evening, it was relatively more crowded. It wasn't at first, but by around 8 PM, people were lining up, waiting to be seated—a condition that persists until around 10 PM. In the afternoon, it was less so—or maybe because we came at around 1.30 PM. The place became quite deserted at around 3 PM already. Both times I went on Fridays—the second one a national holiday. Usually, they open for a few hours in the afternoon, close then open again for the evening. But that doesn't apply on weekends and, I guess, national holidays. Personally, I'd say I prefer the evening scene, because the place feels rather cozy and you can overhear the Japanese guests talking, complete with the hustle and bustle of the staff, shouting orders to the kitchen. Really love how this place reminds me of Düsseldorf! Yet another place of refuge, until such time as I'd be able to go to Japan.

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