I was feeling a lot better today. I actually woke up starving, but to stay on the safe side I just drank some bland tomato soup. Work wasn’t as hectic as we all thought it would be. I guess everyone ended up coming in yesterday instead. Regardless, we still hit over 100 peeps.
Afterwards, I got a call from Brian saying that him and Nate were kicking it with Basil at Bassanova. I couldn’t resist not going so I hopped on my bike and got there in a flash. This time I ordered the Green Curry Tsukesoba. Wow! I love this place.
When everyone left, I engaged in a conversation with the shop manager, Harada-san, and he explained to me that Bassanova was on the verge of closing earlier this year because the owner was just doing it for a hobby and didn’t really have the time to manage it. That’s when Harada-san decided to move from Fukuoka and leave his family behind so he could keep Bassanova running long enough until he could find a successor. This guy has more guts than I do and he is by all means a “protector” of ramen. We had a really nice talk and I’m glad I stopped by tonight. Thanks Harada-san!
Then it was just Basil and I roaming the streets of Shimo-Kitazawa in search of a chill bar to just…chill. That’s when we found the 808 lounge near the station. This Hawaii-themed bar was definitely chill and the owner happened to have a friend that owns a popular ramen shop called びぎ屋 (Bigiya). And his dad, who walked in as we were leaving, owns a ramen shop nearby too. Man, the ramen connections are endless!