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.

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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!

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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…

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TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

I’m really enjoying your Japan visit so far. The food looks yummy – until I find out what it actually is! (Tip for if I ever visit… Don’t ask what it is I’m eating 😆)

paul
paul

I am enjoying following you on your travels through Japan Joe.

Drea
Drea

uh oh. Suji seems to be pulling a Brie tactic. lol.

Glad to see you practicing proper handling of chopsticks.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Suji looks a little sad while Lulu is not losing any sleep over anything. Both look good!

2cats
2cats

I’m glad Akemi and you are enjoying your holiday!
What in the world is Suji doing with Lulu? She is either trying to sit, or readying an unfortunate accident in Lulu’s ear!

So glad you found a great sitter for the girls!
2cats

nantokanaru77

Happy to see you are stuffing yourself. Nice selection of food so far I see.
Anyway, hope you both have a smooth trip to Osaka.
Suji seems to be enjoying her throne! LOL.
I’ll be in the land of rising sun in about 36 hours … Can’t wait.

shinyhula

When you sleep I sit upon your head. Mwahahahahahaaa! Videos from Japan! Short but so fascinating, I love the beautiful dishes, the plates seem worn and sturdy and the food looks tasty and nourishing. More mouthwatering pics of food please!

Bandit82ABN
Bandit82ABN

I do not know if you like cheesecake, but try Japanese Cheesecake while you’re there. It’s extremely difficult to find in North America, but I promise you will not regret it. It’s nothing like the “New York” style.

Nicolas Bannister

Oh ! We went to the TV asahi stuio, such a fun place. It was right after our visit at the museum up top that front tower, where was held the absolutely amazing Jump 50 exhibition.

Also, man, you guys are eating A LOT. I can relate.

maggiemayday

Oooh, I must have tonkatsu. Soon. I can do that here, fortunately. But it would be so much better “at home”.

PBMom

Wow, that’s a lot of stuff — eating and going places. I’m glad you are having a great time. Suji and Lulu look happy. Hope you are getting great reports on them.