Fish for the morning
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I wake up - I am not sure what to call this time of the day. Is it morning or night? One thing is for sure I am generally much more likely to be going to bed at this hour than getting out of bed. I somehow manage to get dress and make my way down to the metro station. I get there just in time for the first metro arriving - it get there at 5.10. I go a few stops with this line and then change to a different line to get to where I want to go - the Tsukiji fish market. It is the biggest fish market in the city, the country and the world for that matter. And the action is best before six in the morning. That’s the bonus you get if you can actually torture yourself enough to get out of bed in the middle of the night.
The market is really busy and you need to take care when walking around the area.
I walk back into the main retail sales area where you can walk in and buy your fish for the day. I am not really buying so I just wander around the place to look at the big fish being cut up into smaller pieces and the smaller fish. There are all sorts of fish - including many I have never seen before.
I am walking out of the market and I head to the imperial castle and garden. I can’t get into the imperial castle but the garden is open for all. Unfortunately it is not opening for another ½ hour so I walk away and try to find a place for breakfast.
I go back to the garden and walk into it. It is feeling a bit strange to be here. Outside the park area are this extremely crowded and busy city - but inside the park it is peaceful and quite. I walk around the park watching the small lakes with the bridges across and the flowers growing in an orderly fashion - it is
I am a bit tired after the early start and need to figure out what to do for the rest of the day. I guess I should do some sort of sightseeing but I am not really up for. So instead I go for a compromise - I go to the
The beers actually make me feel more awake. So I feel like continuing my sightseeing and I take the metro to a big park the Yoyogi-koen and walks around the area for a while - it seems like a place people go from all over town to go for a picnic and relax.
I go out of the park to one of the main shrines which are just next to it - the Meiji-junga. It is not a super old shrine but finish in
It is starting to be a bit late and it is time to get back towards Shinjuku area to have dinner. I get back to the Shinjuku station and once again I manage to get lost at this area. I find my way and I decide to do a bit of wondering around before I head out to get something to eat. I wonder off into an area with small streets - I get to a temple which apparently is the preferred temple for the ladies of the night. But there don’t seem to be any around when I actually pass by.
After dinner I go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office building. It is one of the tallest buildings in the Shinjuku area and there is actually free access to the viewing tower at the 45 floor. So I go in and considering the view is for free the queen is extraordinarily short. I go up there and have a look out at
I decide to take a quick look around the entertainment district down in Roppongi. There are a flood of light and lots of Africans all having a special offer of attractive ladies just for you. The fact I got up before five this morning starts to have an effect on me and I am not really enjoying these people pushing the merchandise so I decide it is time to call it the night.