I wasn’t brave enough to get to Tsukiji market at 3am and line up in the queue in the hopes we might get to see the tuna auction. I know it is a once in a lifetime experience, but a little jet lag and a whole lot of “that’s crazy” kept running through my head. But all the same we did have an amazing time walking around the market.
And in the end we did find a tuna!!! It was gigantic. The people from the shop who bought it were so friendly and one gentlemen (in the photo) spent a great deal of time chatting with us. His English was amazing and he was telling us about the price and the different cuts of the tuna. We took a video of them cutting the tuna, hope it turned out ok.
Now we can’t forget to pick up the knife Adi bought. Check it out!
Just kidding!!! His yanagi is a bit more manageable and will fit his suitcase fortunately.
We meet Asumi and her mom and went to explore Tsukiji market. First order of business was for Adi to find and purchase his very own yanagi knife. He did all his research before coming and so it was just a matter of finding the Masamoto stand. With Asumi and her mom’s help it was so easy. They were able to translate and help us navigate around. They are so sweet!
More about the knives later, the next mission was breakfast!!! Must find some sushi!!!
It’s all smiles after a yummy breakfast. Wish I could read the kanji, love the restaurant. Not only was the sushi amazing, the tea was some of the best I have ever had. The O’baa-chan was very very proud of her tea.
Too many photos for one post (hehehe). To be continued…
T-minus 39 days and counting. Today’s birthday wish is to visit…
I am particularly excited to see Tsukiji Market before it is moved to its new location. Their move has been delayed but just the same it is a now-or-never experience. There are actually 5 wishes for the Tsukiji district:
- Tsukiji Market – You might have expected my first stop to be Harajuku, and for all I know it might be, but I am truly elated to, after all these years, stroll the fish market. I am a pescatarian after all and rather fond of Life’s Sweet Essential – Food.
- Namiyoke Inari Shrine – My travel buddy might not be as into this as me, but I just adore all the temples and shrines. I can’t wait to see the big Lioness (shishi) that represent the Gods Inari and Benzaiten.
- Hamarikyu Garden – I am very hopeful that I will be able to get a glimpse of the end of Cherry Blossom season. While I will be there late in the season, I am sure that the garden will still have plenty of spring flora to offer.
- Tsukiji Honganji Temple – I love that Japan has balanced both the Shinto and Buddhist pantheons in such harmony. In particular, this temple has me intrigued for its additional influence from Indian Hinduism.
- Tamasushi Kitaro Tsukiji – This sushi restaurant looks out of this world! Their website makes me drool just thinking about the sushi that awaits us.
Links: Tsukiji English Site | Market Guide
Note to self: I should try and collect charms and phone straps as a way to commemorate the trip.