Rikugien Garden, Ameyoko

3rd Apr 2012, Tuesday (5 years ago)

On 20th March morning, first place to go is Tsukiji Fish Market and we took JR station to Shimbashi, from the station we kinda lost and try to ask direction from local people, end up chicken talk to duck. Better rely on our own and we found a street map, from there walk to the market in about 15 mins. When we there we don’t see peoples, look like dead fish market, and then we ask the guard, guess what? It was closed on the day, immediately we change our itinerary to day 3.

Next we took Namboku Subway Line to Komagome Station to visit one of Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese style garden – Rikugien Garden. Another 15 mins walk because we miss the entrance which just 5 mins from Station, we been walking all this morning for nothing! But we chill down a lot after we saw cherry trees. The garden has everything a traditional Japanese garden is supposed to and he name refers to the “Six Principles or Categories” (六義) of classical Chinese and Chinese-influenced, Japanese poetry.This garden is more known for a very huge weeping cherry tree, that Japanese people admire. Along the path that goes round the pond, 88 landscapes from famous Japanese poems are reproduced in miniature. More beautiful the tree will be in the Spring, or in Autumn colours!

Lunch time at Matsuya (松屋), one of the three leading Japanese fast-food chains selling beef and pork rice!  Most of them have a vending machine to order your food, usually with pictures on the buttons so you don’t even need to be able to read Japanese. Then a ticket comes out, you choose where you sit, a server will come and give you a free water and take your ticket. The whole process you don’t have to say a a single word.

We order pork bowl, and pork in Japan it general called Nikuman ( 肉まん), but it also know as Butaman ( 豚まん). Reason being Niku( 肉) mean meat and Buta(豚) mean pork. Our first pork in Japan is good.

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Ameyoko Market is one of the best Asian Bazaars, just like Petaling Street to Malaysia, here you will find a little bit of everything, and much of it at bargain basement prices. The name “Ameyoko” is a short form for “Ameya Yokocho” (candy store alley), as candies were traditionally sold there. Once a black market, it has become one of Tokyo’s most vibrant places with a huge array of food, clothing, jewellery, toys and cosmetics. You can buy anything from the latest pair of jeans to seaweed or pickled octopus tentacles.

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