I spent the last week running, eating, and spending time with good friends. Basically, as ideal of a week as is possible (minus the sad lack of Alex joining). Back in the fall, before I knew we’d be moving to the Bay Area I registered for the RNR Nashville Half. So instead of just another half, it ended up being an excuse to visit friends. And so, Wednesday before the race I hopped on a plane and headed back to Music City.
We decided we shouldn’t spend the entire week in Tokyo, though you certainly could! We felt like we barely had a chance to see any of it. But, we also wanted to see a bit more of Japan. We’ll eventually come back to see other areas of the country, but for such a short amount of time we stayed nearby. About an hour south of Tokyo is Kamakura, which is a small city known for its temples and beach. We came, of course, for the temples and to get out of the city.
The next day, still waking up too early, we started off to the Tsukiji Fish Market. We’d read about the 3am visit where you can watch the Tuna auction, but it sounded logistically far too difficult (and many agreed it was hardly worth the effort). Instead, we opted for breakfast (of sashimi, of course!) followed by a more reasonable tour of the market as the vendors were winding down. It was impressive. But we also got the sense that tourists were more or less in the way. The food portion of the market though is incredible and you could spend hours wandering and eating. Continue reading
Japan wasn’t a country that’s been high on our list of “must visits,” more mid-tier, but when you only have a week (in March), live in San Francisco, and don’t feel like a beach vacation your options (internationally) are fairly limited. But with Tokyo a mere 10 hour flight away (and only 8 back!), the promise of delicious food, and easy travel we were sold.