[ Aug.2014 ] The rooftop beer gardens are one of the Japanese seasonal traditions for summer. A friend of mine had booked a table in the beer garden of the historical New Tokyo restaurant in Sukiyabashi in central Tokyo. Apparently this building will be demolished next year, so this was the last chance for us to enjoy it. We could eat and drink as much as we wanted during the allocated two hours for 4800 yen (about 28 pounds or 37 euros) per person. I did not know but the main dish in the beer gardens were grilled mutton dish which we call Genghis Khan. When I lived in Japan many years ago, I do not think this dish was so popular. Of course the main drink was beer, but they provided wine, too. Beer gardens were traditionally for middle aged men, but nowadays they are for everyone. Many of the customers were young and women. We had a great time chatting away.