Last night, we had our first sushi dinner at Sushi Taichi, a little sushiya (But aren’t they all?) tucked away in a little side street in Ginza. A lot of fun little appetizers, a lot of fantastic nigiri, and two carafes of sake later and we were ready for bed – if not for the fact that it was only 8:00 p.m. As always, I try to hold out until 10:00 p.m. before turning in for the night at whiich point I was OUT. Until about 1:00 a.m. when I was once again wide awake. I popped a melatonin and ended up sleeping in to 6:30 a.m. Akemi, unfortunately, hasn’t adjusted as well so, while I was snoozing away those late night hours, she was up, working on her instagram game.
Some eight hours later, we are on the shinkansen headed to Osaka and she is about to crash. The plan was to take the early bullet train EARLY tomorrow morning but a switch up in the Saturday schedule necessitated our leaving Tokyo a day early. Which is fine by me. An extra hour of sleep may not seem like much, but it makes a world of difference if that hour is between 5 and 6 am.
Since we were up at 7 am this morning, we went back to the only place you can really visit that early: the fish market! Although we do aim to check out the new one in Toyosu, Tsukiji is within walking distance and home to some pretty delicious breakfast offerings including the infamous Guts Bowl, aka stewed offal on rice.
Earlier today, we had lunch at one of my favourites, Butagumi, THE place for tonkatsu – and the most delicious pork appetizer called Sanmi Pork. As the woman behind the counter was tallying up our bill at the end of the meal, she noted: “One Sanmi Pork. No, TWO Sanmi Porks!” “Actually,”Akemi corrected her, “THREE Sanmi Porks.” She was mightily impressed. Next time I’m back, I plan on breaking my record!
Before heading over to Nishi-Azabu, we killed an hour in Roppongi Hills and swung by the TV Asahi studio that airs such shows as Crayon Shinchan, Doraemon, and my new favorite Japanese Drama Sakanoue Animal Clinic Story!
While there, Akemi and I did a little walk-thru of the mini-museum.
Two days in Osaka, then back to Tokyo for the big finish.
Meanwhile, on the home front…