Trip Start Jun 09, 2012
12Trip End Jul 01, 2012
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I decided to return to the famous Tokyo fish market which opens at 3 am, has an auction at 5:30 am and is closed before noon. Periodically in recent years they have closed the market to tourists but we were welcome today. Two reasons I wanted to return, 1) to see that the Great East Earthquake of 2011 and subsequent nuclear power meltdown didn't totally change the Japanese way of life and 2) to have the best sushi and sashimi in the world, nothing quite like having eel, tuna, salmon, and prawns for breakfast
Next to the fish market is the wholesale market. I had to see how much cheaper things were there than at the "grocery store". The price drop is not significant.
My next stop was the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater, a 1500 seat venue. I wanted to see Kabuki. They have three shows a day so I thought I would be there early for the 11 am performance and get a good seat. No such luck. All performances for the entire week are sold out. I didn't see one student. These were men and women of all ages coming to cultural theater at 11 a.m. Monday.
Enjoying the sunshine I strolled through Hama-Rikyu Gardens. Three couples, brides and grooms, were in the gardens with their photographers having the wedding pictures taken. I spoke with one mother of the bride and she told me that the wedding isn't until October, but the garden is perfect now for photos.