The Tokyo Fish Markets!

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End Oct 01, 2008

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

I wake up bright and early and Christine joins me to hit up the Tsukiji fish markets which were open this time!!! Sooo happy I decided to go back because it was an awesome experience that was one of the highlights of Tokyo.  The tuna auctions were insane and the markets, aimed at consumers, were busy at 5:30am.  The experience in the auction pits and the markets was only rivaled by the sushi we ate for breakfast at 6:30am at a restaurant that had just purchased its fish from the auctions.  It was easily some of, if not the best sushi I've ever had.  Tokyo's specialty is tuna so I tried a tuna sampler which gave me like 9 different types of tuna... who knew there were that many varieties even?

Christine left after breakfast to catch her flight and I continued on to walk to the Tokyo international forum and on to the imperial palace gardens that we had missed the day before.  They were nothing special as compared to Shanghai's YuYuan gardens but it did give me a great opportunity when my iPod momentarily busted.  I decided to find the famous Akihabara electronics district to fix it and my struggling blackberry... why were all my electronics failing me in Tokyo of all places???  This area was insane with small store entrances opening up into 9 floor mega stores selling every single electronic thing you could ever imagine as well as some other things.  With all the electronic expertise in the area, no one was willing to even try to fix my blackberry (a key was stuck).  So much for that...

I walked on to Ueno park to see the Tosho-gu shrine, Kanei-ji temple pagoda and zoo, and various other statues and museums in the packed park.  One of the park's highlights was Rodin's Gate of Hell which was outside one of the museums.  The big whale statue was also pretty cool, and definitely had better conditions than the animals in the nearby zoo...

By the time I made it back to the ryokan I needed to relax.  I hit the spa and did some laundry before heading out for the night.  I met up with Dan Zagoren (from Sig Chi at Emory) and he took me on a bar crawl of Rappongi, the one neighborhood I had yet to visit.  This place was insane and reminded me of a cross between all the red light districts and elite club areas I've ever been to combined.  We have a great night and I get a good feel for a bunch of different types of bars, clubs, lounges, hostess bars, etc...

I head home tired as ever...
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