Our honeymoon seemed to creep up on us and we did very last minute planning for Japan, but it all came together. We were able to find some pretty cool things to do.
This was one of the only places that I knew I wanted to visit prior to arriving in Japan. My original plan was to show up at the fish market at 1am to line up to watch the tuna auction, but sleep won over FOMO. Even though we missed the tuna acution, we were able to enjoy the fresh sushi breakfast. We got to the fish market around 5am and there were already long lines. Lucky for us we only had to wait about 30 minutes for breakfast. Read my prior post to see where we ended up eating.
The real treat was getting to watch a butcher dismantle a huge tuna. As we were walking through the market we got to witness a butcher slice up a tuna to be sold to other vendors. Even though we didn’t see the aution, we both agreed this was probably more exciting. We stood watching in amazement for about 20 minutes.
Located near Harajuku, Meiji Jingu is a nice park to walk around. Though, it’s not really a picnicing type of park. It’s crazy how there’s this large peaceful park in the middle of an always on the go city.
Wes’ coworker recommended we check out a baseball game in Tokyo and we were lucky to snag some last minute tickets. This was quite the experience. During the game everyone is chanting and singing, similar to watching soccer in Europe. It’s an indoor stadium and much smaller than American stadiums.
We didn’t know thie prior, but you can bring your own alcohol into the stadium. Security even provide cups and cup holders for your beer when you enter the stadium. But, if you were like us and didn’t bring our own beer, you can buy beer from these beer girls! These girls carried kegs on their backs throughout the entire game. By the middle of the game they were dripping sweat.
Sumo wrestling competitions only have 4 times a year and we had just missed it, but we were able to watch a sumo practice. It was an intimate setting, with less than 10 tourist watching. We had to sit cross legged for almost 3 hours because it’s disreceptful to show the bottoms of your feet to the sumo wrestlers. Viewers cannot talk, eat, drink or even step out to use the bathroom. Watching them train was pretty intense. It was clear who were the best and who weren’t the best. After the practice, we got to briefly interact with them. We even got to the meet the #9 sumo wrestler in the world! And he offered us sponge cake! We had no clue who he was, but were still starstruck.