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We got off the train in the Tsukiji area and, armed with our iphones with gps (not to mention the area maps that are all over the place), we set off to find this famous fish market. It really was quite a sight to see - Paul with his iphone out and us trying to figure out which direction on the real time google map we were heading versus which way we were supposed to be heading. Several times we turned around mid stride, probably annoying the heck out of the locals walking behind us, but enjoying ourselves nonetheless. In spite of the directional aids at our disposal, we STILL managed to get a little lost and we ALMOST turned around and left without even getting to the heart of the marketplace. Luckily we made one last turn which turned out to be the right one. During our exploration of a very narrow and definitely sketchy corridor, we received an unexpected treat when we came across them making blocks of tamago (yum).
Now came the really hard part....deciding where to eat. Many of the sushi restaurants in this area are small and have long lines, especially at lunchtime, which by this time it was. Our initial strategy was to stand in the longest line we could find (about 20 people), our thought being the longer the line, the better the food. After standing in line for 20 minutes with barely any movement and hunger (mine) really setting in, we agreed to change strategy and found a restaurant with a much shorter line. Looks can be deceiving though because even though only 2 people were ahead of us, we still waited another 20 minutes. By the time we got in, I was numb - the weather app on my phone said it was 40 degrees but I swear it was really 25. Mina and Paul had nigiri sets and I had a tuna/crab don with a side of hamachi and toro nigiri (can't forget about the toro). Once the food came, all conversation ceased as we savored every delicious bite, silently agreeing that these moments were definitely worth the trip and money.
When each of us was certain we couldn't possibly eat another bite, we paid our bill and headed out. We had only taken a few steps out the door when in response to someone asking "so what should we do now?" all three of us immediately agreed that coffee and dessert should be the next item on our agenda. And with that, we set off to find us a coffee shop and eat more food!