Big fish at Tsukigi fish market
This looked like something from a horror movie.
Geoducks! Washingtonians recognize these. They are basically a giant clam.
Just one tiny area of one HUGE fish market
Fish heads, fish heads...
Here is a picture of the kind of crazy carts that whizzed around the market and tried to shorten my life.
Street cafe near fish market
The Rodeo Drive of Tokyo
Carlina and me in Ginza
There were three, yes three, Tiffany stores on this one street.
Zach outside of Zoorasia. The giraffes aren't real, just in case you were wondering, but Zach is.
March of the dorky penguin
We just happened to be standing at the window when the zookeeper brought out huge chunks of meat to feed the Sumatran tiger. The tiger came right up the window for his lunch.
I'm glad there was glass between us.
I know it's hard to see them in this photo, but there are seagulls inside the cage. Seagulls!
Will my wish really come true?
Zach, save me from the Golden Monkey!
This was the best photo I could get of the okapi. He kept moving back and forth.
Hey there. Happy Monday. I'm winding down after a busy and fun-filled weekend that consisted of two big outings. On Saturday, we took a tour from the base to the Tsukigi fish market and Ginza shopping district with our friend Carlina. The fish market starts business very early in the morning, so we had to be on the bus at 6:00 am. I didn't know what to expect when we got there. I've been to the farmer's market in Seattle and the fish market in Norway, but nothing I've experienced so far could prepare me for Tsukigi. First off, they don't cater to tourists. They are there to sell fish and run businesses, and our tour guide told us to break off into small groups and to not touch anything. She led us to the main selling area, but it was at our own risk. Let's just say that this is not a place you'd want to bring little kids. The place is jumping with buyers, sellers, and delivery drivers. It was the delivery drivers who made me fear for my life. These guys are on a mission to deliver their goods, and they drive their carts like madmen. I took a fair amount of pictures, but Tsukigi is more of an experience than something you can photograph. And it's huge! After about a half hour, we decided that we'd seen enough and ticked off enough delivery drivers to satsify me for a lifetime. We made our way out into the quieter side streets with sushi bars and produce vendors and stayed there until the next part of our trip--shopping in Ginza!
I didn't know that Ginza is considered the Rodeo Drive of Tokyo until our tour guide told us so. It's a strange combination for a tour, in my opinion---fish market and designer fashion---but I guess they do this because the two attractions are located right next to each other. It's kind of hard to dress appropriately when you're participating in two completely opposite activities. I mean, what does one wear to the fish market AND Chanel? Anyone? Oh well. They had three Tiffany stores on this one street, as well as all the major designers and many I've never heard of.
On Sunday, our friends Ali and Kevin called and invited us to join them, their two girls, and other coworkers for a trip to Zoorasia in Yokohama. It's a nice zoo, and we had a good time. We got to see a few animals we hadn't seen before, including an okapi. They also had a seagull exhibit! Seagulls! For all my friends back home, can you believe that?! I took pictures of them just to prove it.
I hope everyone is well, and thanks for your comments. I always love reading them!