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2010 04 26 - Tokyo day 4

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The fish market included many things from the sea that I had never seen before
The alarm I set at 4:30 made me log off internet, get some preliminary breakfast at the Lawson 100 and bike to the fishmarket. The trading went at an incredible pace and the actual market was very impressive. It looked like all the people were robots that were specifically there to perform 1 task. 1 person brings the bought container to a stand, another opens it and hands the content to someone who starts chopping of unsellable parts, ..., untill all the goods just bought at the auction are totally processed and ready for human consumption or selling to hotels, supermarkets or restaurants. I got myself a nice fishy breakfast and made it back to the hostel for some sleep.

2.5 Hours later I was on my bike to the Chinese Embassy - Visa Department again and this time everything worked out fine. I did some more sightseeing and then found my way to the outer edge of (Central) Tokyo where Sachi's appartment was.
Oysters with giant content...
This time we really did the interview which took us about 2 hours. It felt very strange to meet eachother in "her house" and seeing her really at work. I do think she got a lot of the material that she needs for her Watson-documentary though. Unfortunately I will have to wait untill about a year after she returns to America in August to see the result. I am also wondering if/when we will see eachother before that time. After meeting at competitions in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and Japan (and some "for fun" meetings) I have come to realise that my travelling is only beginning while hers is almost ending.

Biking back to the hostel I past Roppongi which is boring during the day, but comes to live during the evening and night. There are people everywhere trying to get you into their workplace. Some of those are restaurants, others are bars and many of them are brothels. I enjoyed the livelyness but continued biking to Ginza where I was hoping to finally see some Geisha's (traditional, high-class "entertainment girls" or "callgirls") but I never saw any. Some more biking to the hostel, a few good conversations there and it was time for a normal nightrest.
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The fish market included many thin…
The fish market included many thi…
Oysters with giant content...
Oysters with giant content...
...or some really fresh shrimp
...or some really fresh shrimp
You need some really sharp tools..…
You need some really sharp tools.…
...if you want to turn a big fish …
...if you want to turn a big fish…
...into nice little chunks like th…
...into nice little chunks like t…
After the auction, everything was …
After the auction, everything was…
Some fish was prepared for big cus…
Some fish was prepared for big cu…
...other fish was meant for the pr…
...other fish was meant for the p…
And while some fish were happy eno…
And while some fish were happy en…
...most ended up ready to be eaten…
...most ended up ready to be eate…
And all junk was nicely taken care…
And all junk was nicely taken car…
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