Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Tsukiji Fish Market and an Izakaya

What do you do when a group of happy-go-lucky Japanese people get together?
You eat sushi, drink sake, and talk, a lot.
(Just my type of people.)

Tsukiji Fish Market is the best place to get sushi in Japan, if not in the world.
This is one of the biggest fish markets in the world, and if you can get there early enough (5am-ish) you can see and buy some tasty, different, very expensive types of fish.

If you're not looking to fork out a fortune or aren't in the mood to cook, just walk into any little restaurant and ask for the menu.

A few tips to look out for:
1. The restaurant's here don't look like much from the outside, but if there was anything to prove the "don't judge a book by it's cover" saying, this place is it.
2. If you don't know Japanese, you will most likely have to just close your eyes and choose as there probably will not be an English menu or speaker in the place.
3. No matter what you choose, it will be delicious.

Before we knew it lunch was over and we were on our way to dinner.
Dinner was at an izakaya, a traditional Japanese watering hole that also serves food.
Moments after sitting down the first bottle of sake arrived.

And not long after, the second bottle along with gyozo (Japanese dumplings) and everything else on the menu.

We sat and talked for hours, laughing, and telling stories until we realized the last train was on it's way and everyone had to part ways.

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