One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish (our tour of Tsukiji Fish Market)

We spent the better part of a morning visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market the other day (pronounced skee-gee).  This is one of those things we most looked forward to on our trip to Tokyo and it did not disappoint. We wandered around the shops (the outer market) first for several hours. You can purchase both fresh fish, cooked or prepared fish or knives, dishes, etc.  Be ready for the crowds, at least on a Saturday. The guidebook says it is closed on Sunday, though we didn’t test that theory for obvious reasons. We ate some of the best grilled scallops…

Touring Tokyo, part one

On the verge of starting our third day in Tokyo, we’ve spent the first two days touring the Ginza, Tsukiji fish market, Asakusa and Senso-ji temple and the Roppongi  Hills. We are staying near Ebiso at the foot of the Roppongi Hills (a great residential area from which to launch). First, let’s talk subways. So clean and organized. They are easy to navigate and have signage in English. You can pay as you go at the kiosks. Just find where you are and where you plan to stop and it will tell you the yen you owe on the sign…

Lost in Translation… Our first foray into Asia

Konichiwa and welcome to Tokyo…  If we are really going to do this big world tour thing then this is a good toe in the water for Melissa into Asia. I am not that worried about me (after getting over being completely overwhelmed in my first two days of a five day business trip to India in 2009, I actually returned home wanting to go back, as a for instance) but we sometimes wonder if the crowdedness and Asian culture is something she will get or dig for extended periods of time.  I say this even though she was born…

Springtime in New York

Last weekend, we were lucky enough to catch the much celebrated Broadway musical “Hamilton“. How, might you ask, did we accomplish this with tickets so hard to come by?  Good question. Last fall, before the world outside NYC was a-buzz with Hamilton we saw something on “60 Minutes” about it and, inspired by a little Sunday evening wine, bought both show and plane tickets on the spot. Well, it was worth it. The hype is not misplaced, the show is great (Melissa is in-process of a review specifically of the show, which you’ll be able to read about here when…