25 April 2009

Tsukiji Recap

I am sorry for our disappointing blog post from yesterday. We were beat! We got up super early (like 4:30) to get ready for Tsukiji. We decided to fogoe to the tuna auctions that start around 5ish to avoid having to pay $60 for a cab and took the subway instead. Charlton went to the market the last time he was hear but was a little disoriented when he got off the subway. Made it nice that we could follow a little old man with a wicker basket and wellies to the market. Charlton had warned me that the market was CRAZY! and he wanted me to pay very close attention to my surroundings. And that was an understatement! There are men in electric carts, men pushing carts, cars, bicycles everywhere you turn. And not to mention the fish! They are everywhere, I was so close to getting eel all over me when a man on a scooter drove by with them flopping around in bloody water. But it was so much fun! I have never seen so many kinds of fish in one place.

Next I dragged Charlton to another outpost where there was the fruit and veggie market of Tsukiji. They had some of the most beautiful produce I have ever seen. There were scallions as long as my arm! Was really neat and a lot less crazy than the fish market side.

Then after Charlton and I went to the little sushi bar he found on his trip last time and had breakfast! And as most of you know I am not a huge fan of sushi, and here I am having it for breakfast. But I figure when in Tokyo you gotta. It was delicious and something I will never have the opporunity to do again. After our meal I dragged Charlton to the fruit market again and bought some of the most expensive cherries (doh!) but they were really tasty too. Made for an enjoyable morning, but it totally thre off our time clocks as we thought it was so much later the rest of the day.

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Blogger Frederick said...

I'm following your trip and looking on Wikipedia to learn wht your seeing....very interestin and here's a comment so others can enjoy too.....fritzdad

Tsukiji fish market (築地市場 Tsukiji shijō?) is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, and is a major attraction for foreign visitors.[1]
The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as Tsukiji fish market is located near the Tsukijishijō Station on the Toei Ōedo Line and Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. There are two distinct sections of the market as a whole. The "inner market" (jonai shijo) is the licensed wholesale market, where the auctions and most of the processing of the fish take place, and where licensed wholesale dealers (approximately 900 of them) operate small stalls. The "outer market" (jogai shijo) is a mixture of wholesale and retail shops that sell Japanese kitchen tools, restaurant supplies, groceries, and seafood, and many restaurants, especially sushi restaurants. Most of the shops in the outer market close by the early afternoon, and in the inner market even earlier.

25 April, 2009 15:43  

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