not early though
28.01.2011 - 28.01.2011 4 °C
In the morning I am up earlier than G, but we are still not organised when the serving lady arrives with our traditional four course breakfast. This is eaten kneeling at special little tables , with miso soup, boiling tofu, pickled vegies, fruit and green tea.
In the morning, we pick up an all day Metro pass and head to Tsukiji fish market. Today the sky is blue and the air is crisp. We are not here as the early birds, but then we don’t want to catch worms. We wander around all the areas, with these little electric three wheeled carts running here there and everywhere taking orders back and forth. Through the market there is every sort of sea borne food type you have and have never imagined on display. For all that the market did not smell much given the amount of produce and traffic – however I am sure it is different in the middle of summer when they would be rushing to get it all over and done with a lot earlier in the day.
We head out of the market and have sushi for lunch at Daiwa Zushi. This is the second longest queue, only 20 minutes or so. One good move while we waited, the stall across the way was selling cheap knitted gloves at 100Y a pair – just what we needed. Here we have their set menu, no doubt the tourist standard (3500Y each). There is no doubt though the fish is really good, although G could not go for the prawn or the squid, and did not enjoy the sea urchin. He did have a bonus tuna to make up for it. In the same time frame as last night we consumed 6 times the price of sushi, but I know which one I would head back for.
Heading out of the market we got to see some of the knife merchants in action. These guys make sashimi knives up to one and a half metres long for getting into the big tuna. Some of the special knives can cost over 150,000Y!
From here we took the metro up to Kappabashi, the catering supply area where G got some chopsticks as a souvenir. This is where they sell all the plastic display food, which is way more expensive than the real thing. Fun to look at though.
Next we fulfilled G’s wishes and headed out to Adiaba a modern area on reclaimed land to the south of Tokyo to go to the Venus Fort Mall and Click brick, the Lego centre. Here G is confronted with the conundrum of whether to buy a Republic Assault Ship or save it for other stuff later on. He had the will power to say no, but would not leave the store for a while as he played around with the bricks they leave out.
After a few more stores were checked, we headed back to home. G picked out a place for dinner where they served (suprise) sushi, and we were treated to a very nice meal, and most importantly, G got to choose what he wanted. He was very happy and the price very reasonable – an all around winner.
Home late for a late sleep and a sleep in.