Well arriving back in Tokyo from Kyoto on the night bus meant I arrived at some creazy early hour, which sucked for the obvious reason (lack of sleep!) but at the same time, it meant that it was a great opportunity to get to the inner fish market.
Man that was a looooong knife this dude was using to chop the fish Hmmm tuna anyone? I don't know what type of fish these are, but they look like sucker fish - scary! These fish were so silver and shiny they looked like they'd been wrapped in tin foil! Cuttlefish complete with ink! Octopus The hustle and bustle of the markets. I didn't actually make it to the proper auction, but still saw lots of people picking up stuff for smaller restaurants etc These things are well scary, the guys drive them FAST considering how many people are around and how little clearance they have between aisles I still thought it was kinda weird how many people were on bicycles considering I was in Tokyo!
TOKYO IMPERIAL PALACE
The first Imperial Palace of Japan was actually in Kyoto, but it moved to Tokyo in 1868.
The moat surrounding the palace A Bansho - A guardhouse where 100 samurai guardsmen would, funnily enough, guard the Imperial Palace. Part of the grounds, along with evidence of the labour intensive trip I was on about earlier. All the people you can see were just cleaning up the gardens, raking up leaves etc etc... A big & funky but somewhat random wall.
TOKYO STOCK EXCHANGE (TSE)
TSE is the second largest stock exchange market in the world by monetary volume, second only to the New York Stock Exchange, and seeing as though you can't get into Wall St, TSE it was! It currently lists 2,271 domestic companies and 31 foreign companies, with a total market capitalization of over 4 trillion USD!!!
The Market Centre Interestingly enough, on the day I was there, an English company called JapanInvest was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Lots of press and spectating suits and a couple of bashes on a bell hung in the glass enclosure
.Hello Kitty, Stock Broker
The facade - is there a law somewhere that says all Stock Exchange buildings have to be drab and ugly? My bed at the hostel, very funky traditional Japanese styles! And this was delightfully Japanese - at Narita Airport, you can use trolleys on the escaltors! Which meant that I had to try it out - wicked! Go the Japanese!
So all in all a wonderful week in Japan, different to anything I'd experienced before! However I must say that after 9months of almost exclusive travelling, I was definitely happy to be heading back home to my beautiful NZ! :D