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March 25, 2009

Tsujiki Fish Markets, Japan

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Tsujiki Fish Markets is one of the world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood markets – there were many rumors circulating prior to our departure that this market was since closed off to the public after foreigners caused too much interference with actual business. Luckily, while we were there the restaurants were still open to the public and we managed to taste the absolute best of Japanese seafood. To truly experience its true nature, I was told to be there by 4am and be dressed appropriately for the smell and wetness; but true to our group’s nature, 4am was too much too ask for on a leisure holiday.

Grilled salmon and rice

Eel, shredded egg and rice

Salmon roe and rice

So at 1pm, we trekked in the rain to find some seafood goodies. The streets are still lined with locals eating fresh fried and grilled seafood and sushi, many sitting on little stools by the edge of the pathway as it is rude to walk and eat in Japan. Luckily, we had a friend who was a local and found a restaurant tucked away in the alley that were willing to cater for 11 people. My dish tasted fresh, but as per usual. I sampled the eel with shredded egg and absolutely fell in love. The eel was fresh, well flavoured with a light sauce and most importantly boneless.

A definite must do while in Japan – and the earlier the better! Tsukiji Market is above Tsujiki Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway line. The closest JR station is Shimbashi, where it is a 15 minute walk.

March 25, 2009

Maid Cafes, Japan

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If you were to choose one thing to do to embrace the teen Japanese culture, this would be it. Maid cafes are “cosplay” cafes, where females would dress up in french maid attire and serve you as a master or mistress in their cafe. Cake and coffee is typically served; and although the two go hand in hand else where, the coffee here was terrible. A coffee lover, myself, found it very hand to gulp down the watered down sugary substance they called “coffee”. On the upside, the cake was fantastic – the Japanese have definitely learned to perfect their sweets. Although the food is nothing flash, it is the experience that you leave with.

The maids address you as goshujinsama (master) or ojosama (mistress), and with additional money, they can play games with you, chat, or take polaroids. They are nothing shy of being “cute” or doing what their customers want as purely because their main job is to keep their masters and mistresses happy.