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Tastes of Tokyo

15 Apr

If you couldn’t tell from my previous post, one of my favorite things about Japan is the food. It’s so good, in fact, that I briefly toyed with the idea of becoming a sushi chef. Like most of my impulsive ideas (shoes made of marshmallows, copying the entire dictionary, etc.), however, I realized there are a few kinks involved. And that it’d be silly to spend 17 years of my life learning how to make something I can get just a hop, skip and a jump away. So I think I’ll let these guys keep doing their thing (creating perfection on a plate) while I keep doing my thing (marveling, eating, and hatching other nonsensical ideas)…

That dexterity– so impressive.

Sushi on a skateboard– I can get used to that!

20130415-092627.jpgMy first standing sushi bar and taste of sea urchin, thanks to the marvelous Mary and Peter

20130415-092802.jpgSusan and Tim’s annual sushi-making party– hands down the coolest, freshest dinner I’ve ever eaten

While the sushi here is divine, that’s not all that Japan’s got!

Bonnie, my fabulous first week host, took me to a few great restaurants, taught me how to make one of her mom’s soups, gave me some chopstick lessons, and treated me to my first whole-fish-eating experience.20130412-113342.jpg

Bob introduced me to one of my new favorite meals, yakitori (skewered meat), and some other scrumptious morsels that solidified my love of Japanese cuisine.20130412-114222.jpg

I also got to explore an outdoor seafood market and some of the “food gardens” that lie below Tokyo’s major department stores.20130416-211643.jpgEver wondered what a $200 cantaloupe looks like? Well there you have it!

I promise I’ve been doing more than just eating these past two weeks– more on that soon. Until then, I’ll keep soaking up this tastebud-tickling city and I encourage you to do the same wherever you are.

I also ask you all to keep those involved in yesterday’s tragic Boston Marathon bombing in your thoughts and prayers.

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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Tastes of Tokyo

  1. chrnolan

    April 17, 2013 at 1:47 am

    $200 for cantaloupe! Got your postcard in snail mail two weeks ago- will be sending a pic soon of our Running Club Goes Global bulletin board with postcard included. Thanks again for all your inspiration.

     

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