We decided to get up early to visit the Tsukiji fish market here in Tokyo today. Well, we intended to get up early to visit the fish market, however to be honest, 0630 came around a bit too soon for my liking, and really, if the auctions of the endangered species all happen at 5am, why worry!
We finally left the Ryokan at about 0745, and reached the market at exactly quarter to nine. This is fifteen minutes before the general public are allowed into the wholesale market, so to be honest, I'm quite glad that we didn't get there earlier.
The wholesale fish market is a fully functional industrial operation. I am used to hanging about in fast moving warehouses, but I was quite scared of the volume and speed of movement all around me. I tried to capture this in a little video – but I'm not sure how to share. if I work it out, I will.
day, I would have expected it to stink. It really didn't.
I took this photo for my ex-boyfriend, Brian, (who, as far as I know is not friends with anyone here on facebook, so I'm out of touch) who loved a song that went:
Fish heads, fish heads, rolly-polly fish heads;
Fish heads, fish heads, eat them up, yum.
They're not good dancers, they don't wear make up
da-da da da da, da-da da daaaaa (can't remember any more)Please can one of you help me identify this bloody song and the missing line – it's stuck in my head! (I asked Mike, he looked at me like I was deranged – but then that's how he normally looks at me!)
We made our way back to the Ryokan for a skulk about, before venturing out to do some admin. I needed to drop my work stuff off at the hotel I will be staying at next week. It's 43 floors high! Unable to contain our excitement, Mike and I jumped in a great glass elevator, and headed for the sky. Urm, that was it. Forgot to take a photo. Didn't jump. No story really! I'll take photos on Saturday – promise!
The other piece of admin was to buy train tickets for the rest of the week. Holy moly, and you all think Switzerland is expensive?? Mind you, we did reserve seats for both of us on four seperate shinkansen journeys. Two of them on the nozumi train (which Mike is quite excited about – it covers 346km in 100 minutes, which is quite fast apparently, so I've been told!) Even so! I found it amusing that the ticket guy thought it would be ok to have a twelve minute “layover” in Tokyo. “It's 8 minutes between platfoms” he said “you cannot have less time”. I think he misunderstood my expression.
We went back to Akihabara (Mecca for electronics freaks – I'm just saying, not accusing anyone who may read this and think I was talking about them...) Mike needed another sim card (most people make do with one!) However, there was a stationary department in this shop. I likes stationary, I do! Mike has a photo of me with just some of my purchases - but i don't know how to share. Who'd have thought you could spend so much money on pens?? (Not as much as you can spend on trains, but it's all relative I suppose).
Published in haste - apologies for errors!