[Tokyo] to the fish market we go

(A second queue to a popular sushi shop – Canon 1100D)

If you are looking for the freshest sashimi, and cheaper prices, look no further. You’ll find it at the Tsukiji Market (you’re hearing this from someone who didn’t find joy in eating sashimi until she visited the market).

The only thing is, you might have to arrive rather early (7am is a pretty safe bet) to be ahead of the snaking queues.

My bowl of salmon and tuna sashimi atop the sweetest Japanese rice.

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arriving in tokyo

(Asakusa – Canon 1100D)

We arrived in Tokyo on a chilly day that was to turn colder still. We were unsuspecting at first, because the airport was warm when we touched down, and so was the train with the heaters under its seats. We even joked that we could heat up our muffins – excess airplane food – with them. The first blast of cold wind hit home when we had to change a train at Aoto Station.

Even so, that wasn’t enough to stop us from having chilled fruit beer after dinner.
We were to find out soon after that that couldn’t stop us from having ice cream too.

Aoto Station

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the “backward shuffle”

Have you heard of the “backward shuffle”?

While familiarizing myself with the Tokyo subway lines, I came across this term on a website, supposedly a train tip for the busy Yamanote Line:

Think of this as a dance step, a sporting technique or, as it really is, a necessary skill for getting you and your loved ones onto a crowded train.

Your carriage glides into the station, the doors open exactly where they say they will… and you are facing an apparent sea of people who are looking at you without moving. The Yamanote line map doesn’t tell you how to do deal with this one!

So how do you get on? Simple. Turn round and shuffle on backwards. Don’t worry about those behind you – this is accepted behaviour without the need for uncomfortable eye contact. If you feel you want to apologize for backing into the lady or gent to your rear, a softly spoken “sumimasen”- excuse me – will do. When in Rome and all that ; )

p.s. The unique description sent me laughing out loud minutes before 1am.

p.p.s My ignorance means that I am now giddy with amazement over the complex subway lines in Tokyo.