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Ginza
evidently, i am a rain god. since i arrived 3 days ago, rain has not stopped. apparently, this is not common in Tokyo this time of the year

Satureday: right after my cousin and her husband picked me up, we went to Ginza, which is the equivalent of fifth avenue in new york. high end american and french stores are mixed in with their japanese counterparts.

Sunday: the imperial garden in the center of the city was magnificent. even though it is not as grandiose as the forbidden city in Beijing, there are a lot more greenery and its natural atmosphere contrasts greatly with the high rises just a quarter mile away. it has the feeling of Central Park for some reason.
Asakusa temple
after a short break at my cousin's home and getting my ass kicked on Wii by my cousin-in-law, we went to Roppongi, which is another central and happening place in Tokyo. i was lucky to catch a local summer festival. there were a 3 story tower with a drummer on top and a singer singing traditional japanese music. a hundred or so locals, a lot of them in traditional japanese outfit, were going around the tower, doing a sort of japanese line dance around it


Monday/today, we went to the famous Tsukiji fish market. the place was buzzing with mini trucks and a type of small electric flatbed zig zagging in all direction. inside the big warehouse, hundreds of little stalls of fish merchants were selling hundreds of different fish, shrimp and everything else that can be caught by a fishing boat.
breakfast!


outside of the fish warehouse, there are a few rows of tiny sushi restaurants selling fresh sushi. these restaurants are so small that when you sit down, you have to counter in front of you and the wall behind you. strangers are eating a few inches right next to you. strange thing is that some of the restaurants has a two hour line outside and some hardly has any patrons in them. i was surprised that the sushi actually tasted very different from the ones i usually have in LA. each different kind of fish has a distinct taste and there are some types i have never seen before. i also had the best sea urchin sushi ever.

we also went to one of the biggest Jinja (a shrine) in Tokyo. it is in the mist of a small forest and has various type of blessing/charms on sale for a small price

so far i noticed a few things. in my mind, Tokyo is filled was westerners. this is not the case. i rarely see foreigners and they stand out. i was also expecting having a hard time understanding signs. but i was surprised that i can understand/guess the meaning of most of them since they were written in chinese characters. another thing that i noticed is how small "personal space" is. i have already had a couple of meals with strangers sitting right next to me or right across me which was a little uncomfortable but not unbearable

more photos at http://michaelzuo.zenfolio.com/p882029525/
Pattison says:
Hey Michael,
Love the photo's and the update on your exciting travels! Miss you being here! Guess sushi in the US will never be the same for you! LOL
Posted on: Aug 28, 2008
dwpwrite says:
Michael,
What a great start! Thanks for sharing. I'll be checking it out often. Love the photos!
Dennis
Posted on: Aug 25, 2008
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Ginza
Ginza
Asakusa temple
Asakusa temple
breakfast!
breakfast!
imperial palace
imperial palace
Jinja causeway
Jinja causeway
local Bon festival (summer festiva…
local Bon festival (summer festiv…
fresh sea urchin
fresh sea urchin
sushi restaurant
sushi restaurant
a rainy day
a rainy day
Tokyo
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