Category Archive: Japan Trip 2011

JDay 9-11: Tokyo Part Two

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Leaving the quiet tranquility of the Nikko area behind, I went back to Tokyo to spend a few more days there.

And the deeper I got into the back streets of Tokyo, the more I encounter stuff that are exclusively Japanese, like the face scanning cigarette vending machine above.

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JDay 8 – … and boiling in hot springs.

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Day 8 was my last day in Nikko. As my All Nikko Pass also covers the trip up to Kinugawa, I decided to go take a look-see.

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JDay 6-7 – Freezing in the mountains…

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Well, to tell you the truth I’ve slacked a bit in posting, sorry. But here’s the long overdue post about the much anticipated Nikko trip, JDay 6-8. But there were wayyy too many pics so I’ve had to break it to 2 posts. Do bear with me.

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JDay 3 – The Beach… is Freezing Cold

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So, day three, and I’m off to Kamakura and Enoshima, though I woke up a tad late so I only began the journey at 10, which was smack dab in the middle of the Tokyo Morning Rush. Even the “limited express” train to Fujiwara (en route to Kamakura) – which is considerably a distance away from Tokyo – was quite full. Read the rest of this entry »

JDay 2 – Sushi and Tokyo’s Other Side

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So, done with my first day, I woke up in the wee hours the next day (read: after 7) and headed out to Tsukiji for a sushi breakfast. Above is how the market looks like when I arrived.

Yes, it was a cold rainy day in Japan. I wonder how I woke up at all. Despite that, I quickly found my way to Sushi Dai and got my RM160 (¥4000) “omakase” (read: the “I trust you, Mr. Itamae – chef – so don’t kill me” set) for breakfast. Everything was fresher then fresh and the “Uni” (sea urchin) paticularly was sweet and delicious.

I wonder why the Uni we (me and my family) had back in Yokohama 7 years ago was so… fishy.

Anyhow, pictures were prohibited in Sushi Dai, so you’ll just have to trust my words. Though that has to be one of the most expensive breakfasts in my entire life, I could say it was well worth it.

Why Sushi Dai? No idea, it was either that or Daiwa Sushi, and I’ve heard that Dai has better variety. Plus I forgot I actually wanted to go to another place to avoid lining up, thankfully there were no lines over at Dai anyway.

My tummy filled with raw, squirming fish, I moved on to other places. More after the jump…

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