2-Day Trip to Tokyo

Trip Start Jul 28, 2007
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

After a very brief sleep-in to recover from jet-lag, Sebastian whisks his family and friend off to Tokyo, while Fiona stays behind to sample some sake at a sake festival in nearby Fujinomiya.

After the show, Sebastian and co. start in Ueno Park where they check out the National Museum's treasures, and then head down to Ginza to check out some kabuki at the Kabuki-za. The performances are great, and feature several Living National Treasures, in honour of the theatre's 120th birthday. The first act is a night-time fight scene which is quite gory, at least by kabuki standards. Thieves lose arms and legs, and one even has his face sliced off! The second act features a really old onnagata (female specialist) dancing to music, who is eventually transformed into a demon after having a bell dropped over her. The last act was a domestic play within a play. After the show, we briefly check out Senso-ji temple by night, and then check into the hostel.

The next morning, we're up bright and early in order to see the action down at the famous Tsukiji fish market! It's certainly quite the place! All kinds of sea creatures, living and dead, whole and quartered, are rushed to and fro after the morning auction. We saw many things we'd never seen before, and many which we were surprised you could even eat! Sea cucumbers anyone? Mmm! After inhaling our share of the fishy air, we went for breakfast. Matt, Sebastian, and his sisters had some super fresh catch-of-the-day sushi, which was amazing!

Tokyo photos courtesy of Matt.

After brekkie, we head over to the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi hills, which had some great contemporary art (and free rubik's cubes!), as well as a superb view over the city. We finish the day off checking out the busy intersection at stores around Shibuya. On our way home, we stop off in Nirayama for some yummy gyoza and ramen at our favourite ramen shop, run by the Yamadas!
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