Japan, Tokyo

[Sayonara Tokyo! Day 4 – Tokyo, Japan]

February 25, 2015

It was our last full day in Tokyo so of course we had to make the best of it. In what felt like our thousandth try at the fish market. We actually made it! 6 AM and I was buying pottery, clearly indicating I have some sort of shopping problem. We bought some absurdly cheap sushi plates and accessories and walked through the Tsukiji Fish Market afterwards. I highly recommend the omelets, maybe favorite part of the morning.

Started our walk through the market

Started our walk through the market

Good morning potted goods

Good morning potted goods

I need to buy you all....

I need to buy you all….

Stopped for the best omelet ever.

Stopped for the best omelet ever.

Said hi to Big Tuna and some street side scallops

Said hi to Big Tuna and some street side scallops

Little bit more walking

Little bit more walking

Wanted sashimi....at this point starting to get hungry

Wanted sashimi….at this point starting to get hungry

and....found the scallops (sorry Ben)

and….found the scallops (sorry Ben)

All shellfish aside, this was the most buttery scallop I've ever eaten

All shellfish aside, this was the most buttery scallop I’ve ever eaten

Om.nom.nom

Om.nom.nom

We decided to stop for a sushi breakfast at this open air sushi bar we found between two streets. The Omakase style sushi menu landed itself in my top meals I’ve ever had within minutes.

Hello, Sushi

Hello, Sushi

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sushi success!

sushi success!

It disappeared too quickly to have taken any other pictures

It disappeared too quickly to have taken any other pictures

After that we decided to meet up for lunch in one of Tokyo’s outer boroughs with my mom’s best friend/my godmother and her mom for Tonkatsu. For those of you that have never had Tonkatsu it is a meal that mostly centers around a breaded, deep fried pork cutlet. Our lunch table could hardly hold all the food that came with it. Here is the restaurant we went to if you want to have a great meal rec from a terrific local.

So much food, especially after Sushi breakfast

So much food, especially after Sushi breakfast

Everyone together!

Everyone together!

Afterwards we went to a studio tour of Tokyo’s top TV station. Noriko figured, my working in TV, this would be a good fit. That and we hit up every top landmark without them before they had a chance. Below is all the fun we had at the NHK Studios.

Nana took pictures with the cutouts, of course

Nana took pictures with the cutouts, of course

Ben and I were the center of attention, they took lots of pictures

Ben and I were the center of attention, they took lots of pictures

We pretended to do a fake weather report at Mt. Fuji

We pretended to do a fake weather report at Mt. Fuji

And then walked around some more

And then walked around some more

A quick round of tea and dessert after and we headed back into Tokyo proper. We went back to our Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn. Ours was Ryokan Sawanoya, wish we’d had more time to stay there and hands down best night of sleep despite having floor beds rather than a full mattress. Ben bumped his head on every corner of our room.

Home sweet Ryokan

Home sweet Ryokan

We rallied one last time knowing we would miss Noriko and met up with them as well as her husband for one last meal. Dinner was Yakitori, all barbecued meats and amazing followed by sake and green tea mochi. At this point it was hard to believe I would ever eat again. Writing this post reminding me how much I already miss them and Japan. Goodnight, Tokyo.

Ready for Yakitori!

Ready for Yakitori!

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