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Tokyo day 10 - Tsukiji Fish Market

Written on: Thursday January 28th, 2010

A journal entry from: Japan 2010

4am alarm today for the Tsukiji Fish Market. We caught the 1st train to Tsukiji, we were obviously on the right train because there were all these crusty old guys in gumboots and blue workman's clothes on the train. At Tsukiji station, we just followed these guys to find the market (as it was still completely dark).

I couldn't explore the market, as Jack kept moaning, "We're gonna die!" - as the market was really busy and the little trucks would whizz by every few seconds. But, we got to the "tourist tuna auction viewing area" before 6am. It was fun to watch, especially the white-suited "Fish Market Policeman" who'd walk up & down the tourist area holding a sign saying "No flash photography" It was really crowded with other diehard tourists, but we got to see a few auctions and how they drag the frozen tuna around with hooks.

After leaving the main market, we found a place to have sushi breakfast! It was also the only place I ever saw "horse sashimi" on the menu, but I didn't think it would be good to try at an ungodly hour of the morning.

After going back home for another sleep, we headed to the controversial war shine, Yasukuni-jinja. The shrine is pretty nice, very imposing, and is obviously well-maintained. There's a museum on the grounds, which was interesting to visit, but it annoyed me. They had stuff on display like a train from the Burma Railway (I've visited bits of it in Thailand, including all the war cemeteries filled with young Australian, American, British, Dutch, and Thai dead, a statue/memorial to the dissenting judge in some post-WW2 war criminals' trial, and Rising Sun flags illegally kept after WW2 (all of these flags were supposed to be burnt. 

Then we caught the train to Ginza to see the Sony showroom - I got to see myself in 3D! Also saw a HD/Blu-ray TV - I can't tell the difference between HD and my flatscreen. On the way home, we got cakes from a deaf-run cake shop. Everything is done by pointing - perfect for people who don't speak Japanese!