Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo. I initially intended to speed through as a touch-and-go on the way to Kyoto because I figured it’d be a typical ‘city city.’ I was so incredibly wrong. Tokyo is an all-around kind of city, it has both distinct metropolitan vibes and old school historical charm to it at the same time.
The first place I headed to in the morning was the Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa. With help from a passerby, I drew an ‘omikuji,’ or paper fortune, as per Sensō-ji Temple customs. There are apparently 7 types of results for omikuji, ranging from the best “daikichi” (excellent luck), to the worst “daikyou” (terrible luck.) Daikichi!
The first of many temples..
Headed to Tsukiji market market. This was probably my favorite part of the day because, you know, food.
Took the subway to get there, this picture was taken after most of the people stepped out the train compartment. Tokyo’s ability to pack people into a subway car is no joke. The transportation system in Tokyo seems daunting at first, but quite straightforward once you’ve got the hang of it.
Friendly man and tuna at Tsukiji!
Dried seaweed and dashi samples, so delicious.
Some kind of mixed seafood arrangement on an open-faced scallop shell. Blowtorch action is always a crowd pleaser.
Tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelet) in the making! The texture of fresh tamagoyaki is unreal due to the layering technique. Must try at home..
This one’s for you daddy-o!
Headed to Hama-Rikyu gardens next, the site used to be the falconry ground of the Shogun Family till the mid-17th century.
On the way to the gardens
Perfect weather to stroll through, ended up finding a bench in the shade and reading for about an hour.
Made my way back to the hostel to meet up for a parade around noon. The ‘Sanja Festival’ is considered to be one of the biggest festivals in tokyo; it is held to commemorate the men that founded and established Sensō-ji.
En route to the hostel, K’s Tokyo Oasis hostel was a dream, highly highly recommend if you’re ever in the Asakusa area.
Geishas in the parade
Grabbed lunch at a nearby sushi ‘train’ restaurant. Sushi passes by your seat on a conveyer belt; I kept forgetting to take pictures before I stuffed my face. The few that I have – sweet ebi (shrimp), maguro (tuna), and unagi (eel)/tamago (egg omelet).
Food coma ensued, so I went back to the hostel and napped/recharged. Big surprise, woke up hungry, so resumed the ‘eating my way through Asia’ program after a bit of research.
Ohhhh yes. Spicy pork Ramen with a soft boiled tea egg. Came back home, put together a rough schedule for the next day, and passed out exhausted. Successful first day in Tokyo!