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Posted on : 07-05-2010 | By : Nathan | In : Travelogue

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Today was another early start ! Now, everyone who knows me, knows I love to go to markets, but this one was a bit different. The Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo is the worlds largest and busiest fish market, and it is not to be missed. It opens at 4:30 am, but I did not make it there until around 6:00 am, still allowing plenty time to see some action.

As I walked through the market, being careful not to get run over by the hundreds of scurrying vehicles, I was in amazement at what I saw. There were live eels of all sizes in slithering around in barrels, gigantic tuna weighing hundreds of pounds, thousands of people running to and from looking for the best deal on a given catch, and even people using band saws to cut up frozen fillets that had just been purchased at the auction. Row after row, aisle after aisle, full of nothing but seafood. To give you an idea just how large this place is, imagine a Target store, then multiply that by 10. There was no smell, there were plenty of unique and interesting sights, and it was everything I thought it would be. I have wanted to see this place for years, and I can now check it off my list.

Another cool spot I have been reading about is called: Akihabara. It is a really busy area that sells nothing but electronics, video games, PC’s, comic books (manga), and a few sex shops thrown in here and there. As soon as I located the street, I knew I was in the right place. It was like sensory overload in every direction. 5 story buildings painted in wild colors, animated signs everywhere, people dressed up in costumes trying to get passer-byes to come in and buy electronics, and non-stop sounds like you hear in a casino. I checked out several shops, decided I can get most of the stuff way cheaper at home, and took a few pics. Very cool place to have a roam around though !

There was one final temple that is on every top 10 things to see in Tokyo, and that is Sensoji Temple. While it is on the outskirts of the subway line, it was well worth the journey. There is a huge shrine holding a 20 foot lantern designating the route to the temple. The route was lined on both sides with dozens of small shops selling everything from homemade candy to samurai swords. Once I made it to the temple, I was again amazed at what was standing in front of me. A very beautiful and spiritual oasis, sitting in the middle of a concrete jungle.

My final stop of the day was: Ueno Park & Tokyo National Museum. I took a brief walk through this monstrous park, on my way to the National Museum. The park had performers, gardens, and tons of school kids gathering to hang out. I made my way through the people-maze, and reached the gate of the museum. Filled with artifacts, kimono, scrolls, swords, samurai armor, and intricate jewelry, the Museum was all I had hoped it would be. Some of the items were over 1000 years old, and they did a good job of translating the information into English for tourists/foreigners (gaijin) like me. There was also a special display with the history and artifacts of Buddha. Very cool !

unordinary: Japan’s answer to McDonalds … Mos Burger … Freakin tasty, let me tell you !

More pics added to the gallery. Leave a comment & have a good one !

Comments (3)

Good Morning son . . . yet another exciting day for you . . . I bet I wasn’t far off when I said that would be enough money for a McieD’s . . .

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR MY BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS . . . I WILL MISS YOU THIS MOTHERS DAY / YOUR BIRTHDAY! . . . but looking forward to seeing you.

Have fun . . . BE SAFE . . .Love Mom

Man, I’d like to see that museum for sure! With all the walking and climbing you’re doing you are probably 10 lbs. lighter now. What a great trip you and D planned!

jwm

Nate, I have enjoyed reading all about your adventures! Hope you come share your stories and pictures with us when you get home, Tell “mountain goat” and Miwa to have a great time at Disney. Derek will talk to you soon. LoveMOM

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