Tokyo Day 4 – Fish Markets, Akihabra, Hipster Gig

Next morning up early, multiple trains, feeling VERY sketchy to the fish market.

After a bracing sushi breakfast we went into the largest fish market in the world. I knew it was going to be a bit hard to take, but baby me took all of 10 minutes to burst into tears and had to be lead by the hand out of the slaughterhouse.

Adam loved it and took lots of photos (on the good camera) of the creatures and fish being filleted and chopped and the displays and mini shops. Most people would find it so.

All I could see was blood blood and more blood. There were creatures that I would never have in my wildest  dreams imagined existed. I have a genuine terror of octopi and there were many many varieties. There were millions of dead creatures, creatures that were half dead or dying in buckets of sea water, and the blood all over the floor and the work benches and lots of dead, alien eyes were quite overwhelming.

I do wish I had been tougher on the day and seen more. I am glad my kids didn’t see me freak out, I would like them to be more stoic than their Mama.

I am amazed that in the figure shops the characters are on plain view for kids to see, there was a lot of pornographic stuff and was not sectioned off at all. This was something I had difficulty  getting my head around, especially since the people themselves are so super polite and reserved  and go to great pains to avoid offense and impacting others in a public setting.

We then went to see one of Adam’s most favourite bands. Of course we got into this venue, had no idea where to go so I walked up to these white guys, asked them if they spoke English and said we were there to see a band and did they know where we should go? Of course they spoke English, they were Canadian, they were the band. Which I realised when I saw the dude with huge hair get on stage with his guitar.  They played for 2 hours, 4 songs. Godspeed,You Black Emperor make Mogwai look like amateurs with their  12 – 15 minute songs. I did get  a bit bored on the Mogwai harbour cruise but comparatively speaking, they are speed metal.

Some interesting food that made me gag to look at.

Some interesting food that made me gag to look at.

Adams breakfast. He was a) less hungover and b)  more adventurous. He did have to do some deep breathing after eating the sea urchin however.

Adams breakfast. He was a) less hungover and b) more adventurous. He did have to do some deep breathing after eating the sea urchin however.

Fish markets with a hangover, could only cope with garden variety sushi nigiri of the most basic form. It was SO good. Then I watched a guy eating a fish head, he was possibly a fisherman. He sledged me in Japanese for saying oishii. I hope it made him REALLY sick.

Fish markets with a hangover, could only cope with garden variety sushi nigiri of the most basic form. It was SO good. Then I watched a guy eating a fish head, he was possibly a fisherman. He sledged me in Japanese for saying oishii. I hope it made him REALLY sick.

Darling little bun, it was a boiled bun with sweetened cherry blossom flavoured bean paste in the middle. We bought half a dozen, they did not last long. Ginza. Some famous bakery  that was exquisite.

Darling little bun, it was a boiled bun with sweetened cherry blossom flavoured bean paste in the middle. We bought half a dozen, they did not last long. Ginza. Some famous bakery that was exquisite.

If a lady is feeling cold about her nuptuals dont do it! Spend that money on a holiday instead. You know it makes sense.

If a lady is feeling cold about her nuptuals dont do it! Spend that money on a holiday instead. You know it makes sense.

This was a map in a park next to the Imperial Palace. The interpretation is sweet.And a bit sad.

This was a map in a park next to the Imperial Palace. The interpretation is sweet.And a bit sad.

This is as close as we got to the imperial palace, it was shut. We had walked for about 90 minutes to get there. Not bitter, no.  This was the moat to the guardhouse, there was a second bridge to get to the island of the palace. "Its great" says the guidebooks. Get stuffed.

This is as close as we got to the imperial palace, it was shut. We had walked for about 90 minutes to get there. Not bitter, no. This was the moat to the guardhouse, there was a second bridge to get to the island of the palace. “Its great” says the guidebooks. Get stuffed.

There were no children in this scenario. Just the old couple pushing a little pram with two dolls that blinked and spoke. The man was talking to and interacting with them. We were frankly a bit freaked out.

There were no children in this scenario. Just the old couple pushing a little pram with two dolls that blinked and spoke. The man was talking to and interacting with them. We were frankly a bit freaked out.

Every day, everywhere is this stuff. I think this was in Akihabra where we were looking at the electronics market and searching for anime.

Every day, everywhere is this stuff. I think this was in Akihabra where we were looking at the electronics market and searching for anime.

Blythe cabinet in a 7 story anime/comic/figure store. For my Blythe loving buddies.

Blythe cabinet in a 7 story anime/comic/figure store. For my Blythe loving buddies.

I loved the ceramics. So very much. This is not crazy or absurd, just gorgeous.

I loved the ceramics. So very much. This is not crazy or absurd, just gorgeous.

We went to see Godspeed, You Black Emperor at the Liquid Room. They played for 2 hours. 4 songs. The guitarists sat on the stage all in a circle. Longest gig ever.

We went to see Godspeed, You Black Emperor at the Liquid Room. They played for 2 hours. 4 songs. The guitarists sat on the stage all in a circle. Longest gig ever.

Shibuya crossing again. I was slightly obsessed.

Shibuya crossing again. I was slightly obsessed.

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