In a skyscraper named Sunshine City in the Ikebukuro section of Tokyo lies Namjatown, a mini theme park sponsored by Namco® and home to Ice Cream City, Gyoza Town, a few rides, cosplayers, and a horror floor.

Our friend Koji had fond childhood memories of the place and offered to take us.  There’re small lockers outside to store your shopping bags (Sunshine City is home to many stores and restaurants), coat, purse, children…

Entrance for one adult for the day was ¥300 ($3.64 at the time of writing).

Even though we live near Utsunomiya, a place famous for gyoza (small dumplings filled with pork, cabbage, and spices), we decided to check out the gyoza section.  Much to our surprise, there was a shop that’s actually in Utsunomiya Station.

Sorry, there are no pictures of the gyoza.  It was actually quite dark in the place.

After eating we checked out the horror section.  As you can imagine, it was dark here, too, so the videos I took didn’t come out.

Iron chef is REAL!!!

With a name like Ice Cream City, how could I not visit?  I was a huge fan of Iron Chef on the Food Network when I was a kid.  The dubbing is hilarious, and I thought it was perfectly insane that the chefs would make ice cream out of savory foodstuffs.

Sorry the video’s a bit blurry.  I’ve no clue what my camera was focusing on.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to confirm that Iron Chef is real.  Here is a lovely video of some of the more out there flavors:

Mike decided to try the curry ice cream.


About Michelle

I lived in Japan for a year & a half teaching English. Now I'm blogging about learning to cook in NYC.
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