Possibly our biggest post yet: Over 100 photos to enjoy!
Wow Wow Wow, Tokyo I love You!!! You will always hold a special place in my Stomach. I will never forget the delicious times we enjoyed together. The excellent hospitality from the unbelievably friendly and polite citizens of Japan. I will always dream my Country can adopt your no tipping rules, it makes dining so much more enjoyable.
More on the food coming in this Post! If you are a “Foodie” you need to get yourself to Tokyo, you will not be disappointed. At some point this blog has morphed from just talking about travel to food as well. We love food and this is just the way it is going to be from now on.
Ok, Safety first right? A trip to the Fire Hall
Honjo Bosaikan – Life Safety Learning Center (Tokyo Fire Department) Admission: Free
So you may ask why we visited the Fire Hall while in Japan- they have an Earthquake simulator. You cannot just experience the simulator, you have to do the entire presentation- which turned out to be a great experience.
We started off by admiring the Fire Trucks on the way inside. Aya just about got us kicked out before the show even began. She grabbed a Fire uniform and jumped into a Fire Truck!
We started with a 30 minute video recalling the events of March 2011, when a 9.0 Magnitude Earthquake devastated Japan. As a self proclaimed News junkie, I thought I had seen every video / photo of the ensuing Tsunami. The Tokyo Fire Dept has videos that CNN should have used. Truly amazing the response from around the world to assist those injured or stuck. P.S – Tokyo is the biggest City Fire Dept in the World.
So this tour of sorts includes four sections: Rainstorm, Fire Fighting, Earthquake and Smoke. We started off in the Rainstorm simulator.
So of course being in a wind tunnel with rain coming at you sideways, operating a camera is impossible, so you will have to imagine it. Or anyone in Vancouver, can just look out the window, and imagine much stronger wind.
The Smoke section was a little lackluster, nothing to report.
We re enacted the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, which shook for 6 full minutes. We also re enacted the 1995 Tokyo Great Hanshin Earthquake, which was 7.2 on the Richter Scale, compared to 9 of the 2011 quake. The 1995 Earthquake only shook for 20 seconds, but it was much more violent.
After leaving the Fire Hall, we walked outside unsure of our next stop, after noticing how close we were to the Tallest Tower in the World, we made our way over. The $30 admission left a real dent on our pocket book, but it did offer an amazing view.
Valentines Day is a few weeks behind us, so not sure what is going on with the Hearts. This photo was free, don’t worry we didn’t have to pay for this, not sure who would.
Drumroll, The beef is coming!!!
On the left is: Kaisen Chirashi Don. The flavours here are pure heaven. On the right are some tasty little things. I don’t know what they were, but they were a little chewy and delicious!
Tokyo would probably be the foreign city if I had to eat one city’s food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way. -Anthony Bourdain
Good food tastes so much better when enjoyed with Great Friends
Time to get our Fish on:
Fishing in Tokyo:
A night out with Aya’s University Friends:
Japanese Izakaya (Pub) whose name translated to English means Chicken.
We are leaving Tokyo, headed for Yokosuka, home to the HIJMS Mikasa, a retired Imperial Japanese Navy Battleship.
Yokosuka Navy base was occupied by the Japanese Navy until their surrender in 1945, at that time the U.S Navy took over and they have remained there permanently. To put the size into perspective, the base covers 568 acres, at present, it is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets, with 60 to 70 ships, 300 aircraft and 40,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel.
The ship was decommissioned on 23 September 1923 following the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and scheduled for destruction. However, at the request of the Japanese government, each of the signatory countries to the treaty agreed that Mikasa could be preserved as a memorial ship. On 12 November 1926, Mikasa was opened for display in Yokosuka in the presence of the Crown Prince, Prince Hirohito and Admiral Tōgō. Following the Surrender of Japan in 1945, the ship deteriorated, but was restored after another campaign led by the Japan Times and U.S Fleet Admiral Nimitz that allowed the ship to reopen in 1961. On 5 August 2009, the Mikasa was repainted by sailors from the USS Nimitz.
Japan is serious about Tuna. In 2013 a near 500 lbs Bluefin Tuna sold for 1.7 Million Dollars. That is amazing!
Question: What does Sushi mean?
Answer: Su means Vinegar and Shi means Rice. To make sushi rice, after cooking you need to mix in Vinegar, salt and Sugar.
Tsukiji Fish Market:
Aya’s comments about the flavour / taste: “It’s very fresh, and amazing”
Some will say. “What about the auction, show us pictures of the Auction”. To partake in the Auction you need to rise from your bed at 4:00am and arrive no later than 5:00am to get a ticket. Simply put- these times do not work for us.
Tyler departed for Vancouver on March 5th, Aya is returning March 12th.
Goodbye Tokyo, I will truly miss you. I promise I will return as soon as possible.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. -Dr. Seuss