Fish, fish, and more fish

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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Friday, October 31, 2008

This morning we were still a little jetlagged and we all woke up at 5:00AM. Although it was still dark out, no one was tired so we decided to go to the Tokyo Fish Market. We took a taxi there and got out next to a market area. We walked around for a while and saw lots of cool things. We saw lots of small booths selling fish, seaweed, fruits, knives, and other things. I bought a giant apple - it was almost as big as Lu's head! One shop was selling real stuffed animals - even a stuffed polar bear and a real panda bear! Outside, there were tiny little noodle and sushi shops that were open all night long.
We walked down a street and found the main part of the market - the Tuna Auction and fish market. There were guys on these motorized carts racing everywhere and people shouting - the carts were kind of like bumper cars but they did not bump into anything! In one huge area, there were hundreds of giant tuna. The tuna were as big as me, and bigger! In one area, they had big frozen tuna and a giant machine that was slicing them in half. In another area, there was a man was was auctioning off tuna and lots of people bidding for them. He would ring a bell to start a auction after everyone checked out the tuna by looking at a piece cut off of the tail. Surprisingly, it was not smelly at all, just really loud and crazy. After the tuna were sold, they would either cut it up or put it in a giant crate. We watched two men try to get a huge slippery tuna fit inside a wooden crate - my dad said it was going to be shipped somewhere. Everywhere you looked, fish, fish, and more fish. Plus lots of fish heads!
We walked into another area and there was a guy who had a tank of live fish and eels. He would pull one out, hold it down while it flapped around, then he would stab it in the head, cut off its tail and throw it in a bin. He did this over and over again. We also saw manta ray, octupus, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels, flounder, and every other kind of fish you can think of, all for sale.
As we left the market, we saw a shrine. There were two giant dragon heads that you could make offerings to, and also some bells and other things to ring. It was a very cool place.
Today we are going to explore the city some more and find a Halloween costume for me. It is Halloween - can you believe it? We are going trick or treating with Meredith and Isa tonight.
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