Sure is blissful waking up to the cold wintery weather of Japan. Craving only Japanese cuisine on our second day in Tokyo, we woke at the break of dawn and made our way to Tsukiji Fish Market in search of the freshest sushi breakfast.
Since we were independent, we travel mostly by train in Tokyo. Seeking guidance from locals and officers before purchasing our train ticket, we received nothing short of kindness and willingness to help the 11 of us reach our destination
Unlike any morning/night market I’ve seen or been to, the Japanese kept to their standard of cleanliness in what seems like every corner of the city. Every store kept their goods well organised, makes everywhere you look pleasingly pleasant to the eyes and welcoming.
The selections of restaurant was a hand full, so we just picked one that has a big enough table to accompany all of us. Ordering a variety of sashimi plates and miso soup, we dig into our very first sushi meal in Japan. The sea urchin was particularly memorable to me, it’s was so fresh I could almost taste the sea in my mouth.
IMO, nothing was really overpriced in the market nor was the freshness of the seafood below our expectations. Their impressively massive oyster and torched scallops tasted as good as it looks in the footage. We also found the famous Taiyaki, which is basically Japanese fish-shaped cake filled with red bean paste.
Walking till the end of the line of the fish market, we proceed to Naritasan by train to visit the famous Naritasan Shinshõ-ji Temple and Omotesando Street. Stepping out of the train, we made our way to Omotesando Street by foot. Stores and restaurants were constructed to fit tightly next to one another, creating an illusion of a curved village that never ends. It was the perfect time to stroll as the golden hour sets, amping up the beauty of the place as the light layered over signboards and windows.
Arriving at Naritasan Shinshõ-ji Temple, we were greeted by an enormous red lantern at the entrance of the shrine. Some recent research also shown that it is customary that you wash your hands before entering the temple. Instructions on how to do so as stated below,
1. take a water scoop on right hand.
2. scoop water and wash left hand.
3. switch scoop on left hand, and wash right hand.
4. switch scoop back on right hand and pour water on left hand, then wash your mouth.
DO NOT Wash your mouth directly from scoop.
Do note that the Unagi at Omotesando Street is without a doubt a MUST TRY!
Our lunch consist of shabu-shabu with beef that should be consumed with rare egg. Unappetising as that may sound, let me just say that is one of the best meal I had in Japan.