tokyo day 04: shrine, shopping, puffer fish

tok0024sushi tok0025soup

Rain most of the day, pretty miserable. We started the day late as usual, headed to Kitte mall next to Tokyo station for brunch at Nemuro Hanamaro conveyor belt sushi, this is our favourite place in Sapporo and I was happy to see that they have a branch at Tokyo. We had ikura, scallops (3 plates), tuna, salmon, hamachi, some other white fish and a bowl of yummy crab soup. 15 plates including the soup for ¥5,000.

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Took the subway to Asakusa, one of the older areas of Tokyo. The major landmark is Sensō-ji, the oldest shrine in Tokyo, founded in 628. The pedestrian street leading up to the shrine is lined on both sides with stalls selling souvenirs, kimono, fans, snacks and sweets. The area surrounding the shrine is also made up of small streets lined with shops and restaurants.

It had been raining throughout the day and it got steadily heavier. We sought cover at a coffee shop where we enjoyed a coffee (for mm), tea (for me) and cakes. The place only had one table occupied when we went in, but it filled up quickly with people with the same idea.

We walked around a little more in the area, both at the small streets and at a couple of department stores. Found a supermarket and bought some snacks and cakes. There was a food store at the basement of Seibu that turned out to be a Walmart branded supermarket, wandered around there too.

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The reason we stayed in the area and waited around for dinner was because we came across a restaurant that served fugu, or puffer fish. This is the highly poisonous fish that requires very careful handling, that chefs must be specially trained and certified before they are allowed to prepare it. The waitress told us that a set is enough for two, so that’s what we ordered. Small dish of starter, fugu sashimi, fugu hot pot and congee made from the soup. One set, with two drinks came to just over ¥5,000. No one said fugu is cheap.

Stopped by the whisky place near the station to sample some more whisky. In addition to the Amrut fusion I bought earlier, I bought a Yoichi 15, a 500ml Miyagikyo NAS and the green Ichiro’s malt.

Our last night at the hotel, same routine of going downstairs to the onsen then peaches for dessert.

30in30 #14: no red meat

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Task #14 of 30in30 is to have no red meat during the day. The last time I did 30in30 was april 2014, and it also coincided with bbmm going to Japan. Co-incidence much.

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It’s so easy to skip red meat in Japan. We had sushi for lunch, cake for tea and went to a fugu restaurant for dinner — the first time we tried the infamous poisonous pufferfish. In between, we sampled some potato snacks and red bean sweets at stalls around the Sensō shrine. If we hadn’t bought a couple of skewers of squid and chicken liver for snack, i could say it was a no meat day.

30 in 30 challenge — sept 2014

30days

Time for a new 30 tasks in 30 days challenge. Tried it for the first time in april and it was a good challenge. To recap, 30in30 is 30 tasks, each should be achievable in a day.

    health

  1. run/walk/bike 30mins
  2. run/walk/bike 60mins
  3. do more than 50 squats in one set
  4. do more than 50 crunches in one set
  5. weights/TRX 3 sets of 10
  6. weights/TRX 3 sets of 12
  7. mindfulness 10mins
  8. mindfulness 20mins
  9. sleep early
  10. turn off electronics 1hr before bed
  11.  
    food & drink

  12. 5 different vegetables in a day
  13. 3 different fruits in a day
  14. mostly water (1 tea, 1 coke zero only)
  15. no red meat day
  16. no alcohol day
  17. no snack day
  18. new food/recipe
  19.  
    personal/family

  20. family activity
  21. bbmm activity
  22. scan 10 family pics
  23. gratitude at 1:11 or 11:11
  24. celebrate a bizarre holiday
  25.  
    creative

  26. 25 squares
  27. do something creative
  28. outline nano 2014
  29. 1000 words PP
  30. read a new author
  31.  
    photography

  32. photofriday challenge
  33. random from photo-a-day
  34. random from instagram challenge