Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tsukiji Fish Market and the Meiji Shrine


One cannot go to Tokyo and skip eating sushi-it's the best in the world. Even if you don't like sushi, you've got to at least try it, or so I kept telling myself.
Our last full day in Japan, we took the subway to the Tsukiji fish market. We weren't ambitious enough for the actual auction (for that you have to get there around 4am) but we got an early start. As you might imagine, there were many interesting sea creatures to taste and look at.





Ruby tries a Japanese omelet
Grace tries dried sardines from a guy who told us he loves the Denver Broncos


There are many sushi restaurants peppered throughout the market. We decided on one where the 5 of us could all sit (some of these restaurants were very small) and one that looked at least a little bit popular.
Sushi chefs
We ordered two combo platters. A $20 one for Jim and a $10 one for the kids and me to pick at and eventually give to Jim.


Look at Grace, she's all smiles before that sushi goes into her mouth. I'm so proud of her-she ate the whole thing. She gagged and came very close to throwing up right there in the restaurant, but she managed to get it all down.
Jim loved the sushi.
I tried it. I liked one of them, the salmon one, but the rest were a little too fishy for me.
No regrets though. What a great experience. After we were done, the kids got suckers that looked just like sushi, they were very happy with that!

After lunch we took the subway to the visit the Meiji shrine. It's the beautiful forest right in the middle of the city. The trees were each planted by hand in the 20s. It's so peaceful, it's hard to believe it's surrounded by such a busy city.



These are barrels of sake


For our final night in Japan, we ate udon noodle soup for dinner and sang karoke! At first Grace was too embarrassed to go with me to sing karoke. Can you believe that they had songs from Frozen as selections?!




We highly recommend Japan. There's so much to see and do. The people are incredibly friendly and helpful. Each time we were lost and took a minute to look at a map or stop to try and figure out where we were a Japanese person would come up to us and ask if we needed help. More than once we said yes and were escorted by said stranger to where we needed to go. I feel like that, like Seoul, Tokyo is a place you could live for 25 years and still not see everything. It's a little intimidating that way.
あなたの日本ありがとう!












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