No fishing for a while – I just went on my annual winter holiday to Japan. However, it is a culture in which fish play an important role. And they do make excellent fishing tackle …!! It’s a very interesting and pleasant place – polite people, great food and culturally fascinating. Let me share some images of Japan:
Tsukiji Market Area – Fish Town
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to visit the market itself (the tuna auction area is shut over the December – January period, because it is a very busy time of year). But my wife’s apartment is very close, so I’ll definitely visit next time. anyway, we did sample some excellent sushi in the local restaurants ….!
The wife has recently purchased an apartment in this area. It’s very pleasant and interesting. It’s near the seafront (minato actually means harbour in Japanese).
View from the apartment
Sion with a cardboard cut-out of the owner of Sushizanmai with the infamous $1,000,000 New Years Day Bluefin tuna
Our annual family skiing trip to Hokkaido. This year we skied at Furano:
Images of some famous temples & shrines from Koutou-ku.
My wife’s home district. We’ve been coming to the local shrine (Okinojinja) New Year’s Eve for more years than I can remember. The whole community queues up to visit, pray, make wishes for the coming year, and then drink a saucer of hot saki, a bamboo cup of cold saki, hot soup and to receive a charm and an orange! It’s a charming tradition – and seems to have some parallels with Chinese New Year celebrations.
Finally, the last family meal before Sion returned to the UK. sushi, of course ….!