Today we hit the Tsukiji Fish Market, which is the largest in the world, and is host to over 1,000 different varieties of seafood, it’s incredible. It’s open to the public, but you are sharing room with close to 50,000 employees. There must be injuries there everyday due to cars, scooters, bikes, etc. moving at all times and not stopping. For the amount of fish and people in this place, it’s extremely clean and orderly. Of course we wanted to get some fresh sushi, so we were on the hunt. We tried some local stuff, and have no clue what we ate, but it was delicious. The market is surrounded by tiny little restaurants that are all serving the daily catch, so we figured we should hop inside one and have at it.

Worker descaling a fish....in a hip leather jacket? Of course, its Tokyo

Worker descaling a fish....in a hip leather jacket? Of course, it's Tokyo

We finally found a sushi joint that had Tokyo written all over it….conveyor belt restaurant! This idea is genius, and I’m amazed that there are not more of these, if any, in the USA. About 50 different kinds of sushi go around on a belt, you pick the plate off of the belt, and eat away. You stack up your plate, which are color coded for price, and micro-chipped for security, and you are charged from there. They also have hot water lines feeding to each seat so you can have fresh tea while you eat. No need for workers, other than the two guys who continually make more sushi while you eat. It was great, and we had the freshest tuna we’ve ever had, naturally. This part of the trip was definitely a highlight for Annemarie, who wanted sushi ever since we landed in Tokyo, and it lived up to its name.

After that, we made it to some other parts of the city to see what they were about. We hit up Ginza, just to say we saw it, and it was like a replica of 5th Avenue, with stores like Chanel, Armani, Gucci, etc. They even had a Vertu store, which I didn’t even know existed (costliest cell phone in the world). From there, we headed over to Shibuya which is where the famous “intersection” is from in many Japanese movies. It’s an 8 way intersection that completely comes to a stop, and a few thousand people cross the street in all directions over a 60 second period. At nighttime, I can imagine it only looks more impressive and confusing at the same time. We then got lost for a while, but that’s been a daily occurrence here in Tokyo where the address on buildings just rarely exists or makes sense. But we made it back to the map, and found our way back to our neck of the woods.

We are crashing now, as we have to head to the airport at 7am (90 minute trek to Narita airport) to catch our flight to Beijing tomorrow. You might not see another post until March 16th as I’ve already been told that my blog has been blocked in Beijing, but not sure if that includes private access, we’ll find out tomorrow. I leave you with a photo of something that you will find very tasty, enjoy!

Dried Tadpoles, hungry?

Dried Tadpoles, hungry?

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