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TOKYO DAY FIVE: 吃築地逛銀座的下雨天

 A visit to the TSUKIJI Market(築地市場) has been postponed until Thursday. We wake up earlier than any other day and finish breakfast in hotel immediately. It is the rush hours while “Women only car” functions in the first and last car. Ian has no idea about that till Metro staff courteously stretches out to stop him moving forward. “Right, I remember that.” I turn to Ian. “I read the news before.” 


We take
日比谷線 to Tsukiji (築地). It is one way route to the destination. My walk is impeded by the rain and low temperature. A long short T-shirt, a thin jacket, and lagging cannot help me resist the wind and the bad weather. How could I be so depressed? I will be fine since amazing Japanese food will rescue me and Ginza (銀座) shopping paradise will warm me up. “It is definite a heavy money consuming day.” I say with sly smile.

 

The TSUKIJI Market (築地市場)

The TSUKIJI Market is one of the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind, according to Wikipedia (Note 1). The market is famous for the morning auction, from 5:15 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. The 7 large wholesalers would prepare marine products for the auctions. The bidders, the licensed participants, include intermediate wholesalers, who operate stalls in the marketplace and other licensed buyers who are agents for restaurants, food processing companies, and large retailers.

 

We don’t have the chance to participate in auction activities. Ian suggests that we could stay at Tsukiji to see the morning auction next time. Well, when’s the next time?

                 <築地市場>


Intermediate wholesale market

We visit the intermediate wholesale market. No matter they are frozen or fresh aquatic products, they get very beautiful colour on the surface. Stinky, fishy smell is everywhere. The workers wear sleeves and rubber shoes. If you want to be pretty at work, it is absolutely impossible as you wish here. I should acknowledge I could not bear those hard working job. I live a comfortable life and an ideal world. The world is cruel, and the taunts from people are cruel as well. Have you ever noticed that?     


                                                <Wholesale Market>


Where is the insider market?

In the whole Tokyo trip plan, I left the most important part for Ian, Tsukiji food tour. Ian did read Tsukiji guide “The Best Selection of Tsukiji Market in Tokyo(築地美食王)” which I borrowed from Iris. The funny thing is that the inside market cannot be found. We just fool around the outside market to see what’s interesting, and indeed, we don’t take a serious look for the inside market. See, Ian, how could I trust you so much?

 

築地虎仗南店
Ian likes one shop with house-like shape. A big black awning cover the shop, written 築地虎杖南店. As a woman, I would not like the shop with opaque windows like this except friends’ recommendations. I am fond of transparent windows; it makes me feel safe. Pulling the sliding door, we see a young master standing there to welcome us. Ian chooses today’s special 贅沢丼 (ぜいたくどん), original price 2600, down to 1800. It is a luxuriant combination of spawn, うに andさしみ(刺身) and so on. I prefer something lighter; a set of six pieces fromにぎり(握壽司) menu is my choice. Image reflects in my greeny matcha (まっちゃ). Happiness is everywhere.

                                 <築地虎杖南店>


Ginza
銀座

When thinking of shopping, even a terrible rainy day will become lovely. You would have a good mood to observe what to happen in the street. When a group of women wearing kimono (着物) walk ahead of us, I think that they are elegant and graceful. Rain makes flowers along the roadsides more bright and beautiful. If you raise the head, you could see kinds of traffic signs……to give you direction. 


                                     <Rainy day in Ginza>


The first shop we visit is my favorite “Zara.” I love its fashionable design and material since the time I spent in
UK. The reasonable price is anther good reason to be its fan. Today, Ian is my designer, helping me choose the suitable clothes. “I always have better sense of aesthetics than you.” Ian says. Well, I should admit, Ian and I get different talents.


                             <Zara & Me>
 

                                  <我的新衣服 >


H&M deliver a young and vivid design idea. The brand has worked together with many famous designers for a long period; most of special designs are sold out at launch time. Ian is fancying one white shirt with special design on the collar and cuff designed by Matthew Williamson. It is easy to perceive an intense contrast between the special design and the white base. Casual luxury and casual smart might be a nice choice for Ian.            


        <Ian’s New Shirt>



Afternoon tea @ le cafe doutor

Afternoon tea at le cafe doutor, opposite to Zara store, is filled with rich women and tourists. I get energy from sweet and fresh shrimp salad (ツナシュリンプサント). The behavior of woman in Ginza is quite different. A good texture of clothes and bag reflect two points of views. One is you are rich; the other is you have the sense of beauty and willing to pay it.

                    < Le Cafe Doutor >

                        <I am hungry>


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