Today we went to the Tsukiji fish market area and explored. I bought some tsukune つくね (chicken meatball skewer) from a vendor in a jam-packed “street” full of little fish shops. The kind of street you have to put in quotation marks. It happened to be a Saturday today and Saturday means busy. We were literally pushing and being pushed by the crowd, moving through the “street” and buying things from the little shops. My brother got an ice cream cone because it is HOT in the sun during the day here.
We came upon a huge family picnic/barbeque/fundraiser/event in a large parking lot. There were many food stalls along the sides of the lot selling meat, squid, veggies, and fish – grilled, fried, boiled, baked, and everything in between. I wandered around and bought something fried in panko. Fish? Chicken? some root veggie? who knows? Now most of the time, I would pass on the unknown fried thing until someone else tried it. This time, I dove in and took a big bite. It was delicious and the man selling it gave me a little packet of terriyaki sauce like the kind you get ketchup or soy sauce in. I’m really glad I went ahead and tried it even though it was a bit risky!
Other families were sitting at picnic tables and grilling fish they had just bought at the market on little portable Japanese grills. Many people ate the food from the vendors and the vendors shouted out in Japanese at everyone who walked by. I can’t say I understood, but they were probably shouting, “Come buy yakitori! Fresh hot yakitori!” and “Delicious barbecue squid! Terriyaki squid on a stick!!” and “Fried fish! Fried fish! Buy your fried fish here! Only 100 yen!” You get the picture.
Looking forward to tomorrow in Yoyogi Park!