Day 9

TheTJUKI FISH MARKETS day.  Oh my god what an experience to behold. Up at 6am to try and get to the markets as early as possible.  We arrive at the station and as soon as we get off, are seemingly at odds with the directions on the map (mental note - girls don’t read maps well).  So I begin to just follow my nose... which meant spotting the man in Wellington boots with 2 market bags and following wherever it was he was going.  We arrive at a warehouse entrance and my market nose is telling me that this looks like the entrance to a market... having spent so many mornings at Adelaide Markets when the farmers were coming in my eyes are well trained to spot a markets entry.  

I can smell the fish but we consult our trusty map anyways... until we are surprised by a toothy older Japanese man aboard a sort of motorised trolley thing that is obviously for carting large amounts of seafood, of which there are hundreds seemingly swerving around us in a cacophany of activity.  Anyway, the toothy Japanese man says “fish?” to us with a cheeky grin.  He points to the back of his cart and nods, so without really thinking, I say “yes” and climb aboard, dragging the two girls with me!  In an instant we are zoomed off,whisking narrowly between lorries, pedestrains and other motorised trolleys at high speed.  It must have been quite a sight , these 3 guffawing westerners on the back of a trolley with a mad Japanese man at the helm, I am sure grinning maniacly and all with a great deal of pleasure.   It is most likely the cause of the cold brisk morning air hitting our numb faces, but I am sure that our eyes were watering from so much laughing as well.  

The actual markets were pretty bloody amazing on their own though.  I think I have actually found a market that does rival Adelaide... predominantly Japanese of course but there is everything there for the kitchen.  From the produce right down to the knives and pots and pans that you can watch being made right in front of your eyes.  The fish section is positively ginormous.  Stall after stall of fish, whole, fillets, live , molluscs, prawns , lobsters, whole squids, octopus, alive in nets even... and somethings that I don’t even know what they were!  The big attraction would have to be the BIG FISH.  And by that I mean the grandaddys of the ocean.l  Mackeral, swordfish, marlin and the HUGE tuna are too big to even contemplate.  All just lying around, waiting to be carved up.  Did actually see the men taking apart a couple of carcasses which was fascinating.  Gruesome but fascinating.  Just being amongst that sheer magnitude of fish though makes you realise why Japanese waters are amongst the most overfished in the world.  But so worth getting up early for... just for the mad trolley ride alone.  Seeing as we were at the fish markets we thought we would do an authentic breakfast, and that means SUSHI.  We chose a place out of the blue and it turned out to be the best sushi I have ever had.  We knew we were onto something when we entered and saw all the locals having breakfast and then vanish and 8:50am.  Locals hangs are always the thing to look out for.  We spent the next couple of hours just wandering around and looking at things... and buying things.  We found this great little pottery stall that was tiny but full to the brim of bowls, platters, plates, cups, teapots.  I am sorry to say that I went a little nuts in there because it was just all so pretty... and so CHEAP!  I love being on the right side of the currency exchange.

o even contemplate.  All just lying around, waiting to be carved up.  Did actually see the men taking apart a couple of carcasses which was fascinating.  Gruesome but fascinating.  Just being amongst that sheer magnitude of fish though makes you realise why Japanese waters are amongst the most overfished in the world.  But so worth getting up early for... just for the mad trolley ride alone.  Seeing as we were at the fish markets we thought we would do an authentic breakfast, and that means SUSHI.  We chose a place out of the blue and it turned out to be the best sushi I have ever had.  We knew we were onto something when we entered and saw all the locals having breakfast and then vanish and 8:50am.  Locals hangs are always the thing to look out for.  We spent the next couple of hours just wandering around and looking at things... and buying things.  We found this great little pottery stall that was tiny but full to the brim of bowls, platters, plates, cups, teapots.  I am sorry to say that I went a little nuts in there because it was just all so pretty... and so CHEAP!  I love being on the right side of the currency exchange.

 

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AuthorPeter Furness