Kanazawa the famous fish market was closed
because of a national holiday.
we gave it a try in Tokyo.
was well worth the trip. On this picture
you can see a half of tuna in the
background and the freshly cut out pieces
from the other half, nicely presented for
is an essential part of Japanese cuisine
and is served in many different
salespeople advertised the quality of
their fish shouting and giving samples to
assortment was truly huge.
the market was much more organized and
clean as we expected from a fish
stands specialized in crabs, shrimp and
prices for some of them surprised us:
15.000 Yen (appr 150 US-$) per piece (see
top right on the picture).
how much you would have to pay in a
pieces are not made from wood or rhino
horns but from fish.
dried pieces of Bonito tuna are thinly
sliced (Katsuobushi) and used as a topping
for rice, tofu or other dishes.
is very tasty and can be stored for a long
time.These pieces are not made from wood
or rhino horns but from fish.
in downtown (Shibuya), this building
caught our attention.
on a corner between a street and the
rail-tracks it appeared to be a small
round tower from this point of
it actually reached the next block in
often buildings are only as wide as a
standard container and as high as 6
stacked on top of each other. The
staircases are attached to the outside of
the building and there is one entrance
door for each floor and
tiny homes are the product of enormous
real-estate prices and high rents in Tokyo
(just as other metropolitan
did not manage to get a good picture of
one of these buildings as we usually saw
them riding in the crowded trains trough
- a German hotel in Tokyo?
the sign did appear to be a bit
room for your love'???
price information solved the riddle: This
hotel differentiates between 'rest' (2
hours) and 'stay' (overnight)
so called 'love hotels' supply shelter for
the intimate moments for many Japanese as
they have thicker and heavier insulated
walls than many Japanese homes with paper
thin walls and doors.
staying overnight in downtown the price
appears to be rather inexpensive, we
however, rather enjoyed our stay in
traditional Japanese hotels.
our way to the Nagashima family, we
experienced the crowdedness of Tokyo's
trains during rush hour.
these times we saw the famous 'pushers'
who ensure the efficiency of the trains by
pushing as many passengers as
big advantage, you can't fall!
were spoiled with great food:
were served 'Sukiyaki' - thin slices of
fine Japanese beef with fish broth, Soya
sauce, sugar and lots of
dinner was very delicious and we were
absolutely full. When planning our trip we
wondered if a European will get enough to
eat and weather there is any other food
are now convinced to have answered those
questions with a definite
were honored with a barbecue party which
Shigeko and Takahiro hosted in their
garden as our farewell party.
invited family, friends and some employees
from their firm.
Japanese barbecue does not differ too much
from western style BBQ except for the
amount of seafood and fresh vegetables
involved. This shows that they stick to
their healthy diet on every possible
managed to communicate with hand and feet
and international gestures, but sometimes
we had to nod even when we did not
grand finale was celebrated with this
were invited to carry the Mikoshi next
year again and the children had
handcrafted some 'origami' (Japanese
paper-folding art) flowers for
'good bye' was very difficult for us. We
loved our time in Japan and all the
friendly and wonderful people we
we are certain of meeting again, as it is
currently quite cheap for Japanese to
travel to Europe due to the weak
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