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Kaiten Sushi in Shinsegae Department Store basement

回転寿司 gwangju south korea

回転寿司 in Gwangju, South Korea

It’s not unusual to see conveyor belt sushi in Japan, but this was the first time I saw it in Korea. The location was particularly unusual as it was in a department store of all places. With double-rows of sushi (and some Korean food items) going around and around, and having eaten nothing but a piece of bread and a bag of chips all day long, I was ready to give it a try. However, there were no empty seats (the above photo shows only about a one third of the filled seats) so I had to opt for something else.

Bento Lunch

Nikon 20mm f/2.8 NIKKOR AI-s bento lunch Misoya Bistro asahi super dry beer

Misoya Bistro – Medford, Oregon

I picked up a couple of used, manual Nikon lenses in Medford this morning from a Craigslist ad. I purchased them mainly because I have fun playing with new lenses, and the price was right. The one I used for this photo of my “Japanese” lunch is a Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AI-s lens. It weighs about 25% as much as my 14-24mm and is much smaller. I will take this (or my 24mm prime) along when going on a hike or bike ride instead of my much larger and heavier zooms.

Why did I put Japanese in quotes? Because all of the “Japanese” restaurants (other than 武蔵スシバー Musashi Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine in Grants Pass) in Southern Oregon are run by non-Japanese with non-Japanese cooks and with foods that only partly look and taste Japanese.

Yankee Stadium Sushi

yankee stadium sushi

The One Sushi 日本料理

We love baseball, sushi, apple pie, and Chevrolet. Isn’t that how the song goes?

March is here, and that means baseball season is not far away. In fact, with the 2013 World Baseball Classic beginning this weekend, the 2013 baseball season is more or less underway.

Today’s photo is from my trip to Yankee Stadium last summer. This summer I’ll visit several stadiums I have never been to before, but probably none of them will be in the USA. They will be in Japan and Korea. Stay tuned.

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi tsukiji tuna

Tuna purchased at auction at Tsukiji getting moved

Last night we watched “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi” and it brought back lots of memories, including some from a few mornings I’ve spent at Tsukiji.

Drive-through, conveyor-belt sushi restaurant

ドライブスルー 回転寿司

While on our walk in Niiza, we were becoming a bit hungry when we saw the above building in the distance. “Great,” we thought, “a few sushi pieces and we’ll be good to go until lunch.”

When we got closer, we realized that this was no ordinary kaiten sushi place. Not only can you get sushi off of a conveyor belt here, you can also get it to go or get it through the drive through!

sushi menu drive through sign niza japan

Drive-through restaurants aren’t nearly as common in Japan as they are in the U.S.A. Above is a photo of the menu.

築地 – Tsukiji – Part 1

I’m writing this at 4 in the morning on our 5th day in Japan. When will I be able to sleep like a normal human being again? I don’t know. Hopefully soon. What are the causes you ask? It’s a combination of factors I suppose. Jet lag is probably the biggest one. My excitement over each day is another. A pillow I have yet to become fond of is also a possible contributor. Finally, I get too hot without the AC on, yet I can’t sleep with any sort of fan blowing on me either. Am I tired? You betcha. Can I sleep? Not to save my life. Oh well, this will pass at some point.

Yesterday morning I was also up by 4. My daughter has usually been up by 4 as well. Since there is nothing else to do at 4 in the morning, my daughter and I decided to go to the world’s largest fish market. We went to Tsukiji once before, two years ago, but I felt rather unfulfilled since we never found the tuna auction on that morning, my SD card of pictures from the day (including the Tokyo International Anime Fair) went bad and I lost all the photos in the process, and we didn’t sample the sushi. This time we succeeded on all three accounts that we failed before.

takadanobaba metro station first train tokyo japan

The first train doesn’t run until 5 in the morning. We were on that first metro, leaving Takadanobaba at 5:06. I’m not sure why they don’t begin earlier as many people need to get to Tsukiji before 5:30. The first train was packed by the time we got there, standing room only, and Tsukiji workers were literally running to their jobs at 5:30 a.m. It was quite a sight considering the early hour. Surprisingly, thousands of people were already at Tsukiji. I wondered how they all got there without the trains yet running. I suppose some live in the area, but then I spied one of the large, motorbike/motorcycle parking lots.

motorcycles at tsukiji tokyo japan

The seemingly endless rows of fresh seafood and the variety are staggering. I’ll share a few of the 100+ pictures I took in this Tsukiji series.

octopus tako tsukiji market tokyo japan

The characters for Tsukiji (築地) mean “build earth.” That is because this neck of the Tokyo woods (and indeed many coastal areas in Japan) is artificial land or land reclamation. I read a book on Tsukiji before visiting last time, and that helps to make Tsukiji more meaningful to me than it may be to some.

tuna auction tsukiji tokyo japan maguro

The tuna auction was the highlight of our trip this time. I’ll show you a video of it in a future post in this series.