we headed out really early (7.30am), had to squeeze in the subway with all the working people. it was quite an experience, really.
by the time we reached the tsukiji market, the auction and morning rush was already over.
nearly empty stores and leftover fish were what we saw.
tuna, octopus, small fishes, giant scallops.
managed to catch a fishmonger in action!
this is what we have been waiting for. sushi breakfast at the famous daiwa sushi!
got served by the chef featured on 8-days. he’s so cute and friendly.
we ordered the sushi set (S$40+) because it was easier:
it was probably my best meal ever. every single piece was finger licking good. the fish literally melts in your mouth. loved the uni and salmon sushi best. unagi wasn’t too bad either. different from what we usually have in singapore.
so this cute obasan sitting next to me started talking to me in japanese. she asked me if the sushi was oishii?, am i a tourist?, where am i from?, have i been to ginza yet?. lol. answered her in my broken japanese but was glad she understood me. my japanese lessons have not gone to waste. yet.
sushi dai, another famous sushi store at tsukiji, had a longer queue. i guess because it’s slightly cheaper. shall try it next time. :D other sushi stores besides these two have no business at all; i wonder how they survive.
went to ginza next.
had to walk around aimlessly for awhile because the shops were not opened yet.
we were actually waiting for uniqlo to open. it’s somewhat the japanese version of GAP.
i heard that uniqlo is coming to singapore soon though. i wonder if it will be overpriced. anyways, the branch at ginza stocks all the latest designs. bought myself a black hoodie which is really soft and comfortable.
basements are my sanctuary. to look is satisfying enough.
went to asakusa next because my aunts wanted to see the famous sensō-ji.
skies in osaka are so much nicer than tokyo’s.
stopped for some ice cream.
yam ice cream sandwiched with lantern-shaped wafer biscuits.
the famous asahi building.
beautiful wall mural along asakusa station.
no turning chairs in tokyo’s trains. i kinda like the no-talking-on-handphones/set-handphones-on-silent-mode rule in trains. i like my journeys to be peaceful especially on the way to school. singapore should implement this to prevent people from blasting music on their phones. it’s irritating.
ueno’s next because my dad wants to buy an extra luggage.
took these because i got bored waiting:
extreme closeups. haha!
ueno station. i remember this place very well. we stayed at a motel near here on our previous trip.
all these looks so good! argh.
had to make a stop at yamashiroya first before anything else. seven floors of wonderful toys = ♥. i’m not talking about barbie dolls or polly pockets. i’m talking these:
food re-ments! i bought a few boxes of these. now i’m wishing that i bought more. got some designer toys for my brother as well.
gatchapon. it started with one. and then, my aunts got influenced by me as well. lost count of how many we bought.
headed to ameyayokocho next. this place is huge. many lanes of practically everything. fruits, food, bags, clothes, etc.
i like this picture for some reason.
went back to ikebukuro for famous ramen at mensoubou mutekiya.
the tour guide on our previous trip highly recommends this place to everybody.
this is what’s in front of me.
6th aunt had negi buta ramen.
whereas the rest of us tried the limited edition cold ramen:
it was not too bad. but if i had to eat cold noodles, i’d choose soba over ramen anytime. what makes mensoubou mutekiya’s ramen so good? the texture of their noodles, the richness of the pork broth and wonderful runny eggs.
shared a plate of gyoza as well.
headed back to the hotel for our free complimentary drink.
i didn’t get to see his face but his back view looked a lot like oguri shun’s.
lastly, we had dessert in our room:
green tea taiyaki with mochi inside.
and awesome grapes.