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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Alan and Grace's Best of Japan - Who Confused Shinjuku from Shibuya?

We were going to see the famous Shibuya crossing, but because someone (me) has been too busy to plan for the trip and too jet-lag to notice the difference between Shibuya and Shinjuku (don't these two words look similar...?), I brought Alan and Anya to a completely wrong area and did not notice my mistake until just now! So, yes, we thought every big crossing we saw was the Shibuya crossing and we wondered how come there were not as many people as we saw in the pictures...
Alan was right, I should have plan this trip in Chinese... I would never have mixed up 新宿 and 涉谷!
— at Shinjuku Station. December 18, 2014
vending machines everywhere in Japan

All these people behind us (and many more) were vedio taping something on the big screen up there. Alan told me that's the most popular boys group in Japan. I have know idea how Alan knows things like that.


Alan and Grace's Best of Japan - Tsukiji Fish Market

After the sushi breakfast we walked around the Outer Market some more (the Inner Market where the famous tuna auction is located is not opened to tourists during this time of the year due to how busy it gets, and it's also not opened to babies). There were a lot of carts and trucks driving around really fast so we had to be extra careful. We walked by a small temple and notices many people who walked by would stop and pay their respect. We did, too. We also couldn't resist buying more things to eat... It's almost like in the night market in Taiwan - we just wanted to try so many things!




Sunday, January 18, 2015

Alan and Grace's Best of Japan - Sushi Breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market (大和壽司)

Thanks to Anya's cooperation and jet-lag, we were able to arrive at Tsukiji Outer Market at just a little after 5am to line-up for some most famous sushi in Tokyo. However, the number one store ( 壽司大) already had a 3-hour line-up. We were okay to try the second best (大和) which only had a 1-hour line-up and really glad we did. Anya even got her complementary tamago sushi! (15 sushi in the special set for $35). Also a special thanks to a nice lady who, by the way, seemed to know every vendor in the market, for taking us directly to the sushi place - without her we would have to spend a lot of time wondering around in the big Tsukiji Market.

December 17, 2014
 We decided to give up on eating at 壽司大 after they told us the wait would be 3 hours. But let's take a picture to show at least we tried.

 Anya was staring at this young man behind me almost the whole time we were in the line-up...
 With Anya and everything we have to carry for her, we just don't have the time and energy to carry two cameras or change lenses anymore. This is the closest Alan could get use our current lenses on our camera.

 free tomago for Anya