Or rather late. Sorry I`ve not been here for a while. I`ve been to Kanazawa but more of that later.
Exactly a week ago as part of my tour guide duties for my friend Andy`s visit I got him and his girlfriend up at stupid O`clock in the morning and went down to Tsukiji fish market with them. Tsukiji is the largest wholesale fish market on the planet and one of Tokyo`s essential sights. It is also, I have since learnt, perhaps one of the least entertaining of places to wander around when you are still massively jet-lagged. The sensory overload of noisy shouted mayhem, macabre dripping blood from the chopping blocks on which two metre long knives rested, polished like samurai swords and the row upon row upon row of squirming, condemned fish, not to mention the extremely dangerous carts that racket around all over the place, may have been all a little too much for them.
Ironic really as the increase in tourists is becoming a little much for Tsukiji. Some tourists it seems act very badly when they visit: getting in the way; touching the fish, or more incredibly rudely standing on the huge tuna that are lined up for auction. The market has grown rather tired of all these inconveniences so much so that tourists are now banned from the tuna auction hall. Which is a shame as I really wanted to show my friends that. We had a peak in from the door however and the rest of the market is well worth visiting so if you head this way and have recovered sufficiently from the whiplash of jet travel, go – you won`t be disappointed.
Off to work now talk to you later.