It has already been over a year ago and yet we continue reminiscing and tbt-ing the living daylight out of what must have the best two weeks in twenty-sixteen. We traveled to the beautiful land of the rising sun - Japan.
Spending the majority of our time in the intoxicating mega city of Tokyo, there wasn't a single day that went by without sheer fascination for sparkling clean garbage trucks, ginormous pedestrian crossings and extremely friendly locals.
Among our top five experiences in Tokyo, was having a fishy first meal at Tsukiji fish market.
Dodging multiple electrical vehicles from the Edo era, you need to keep your eyes and ears everywhere if you want to live to tell the tale of eating the freshest fish at the world's largest fish market. We skipped the tuna auction at too early o'clock and decided to take it upon ourselves to source the best catch for today's breakfast.
The outer ring of the market is comprised of a series of heavily populated restaurants, food stalls and kitchen supply stores. Should your hunt for fresh fish end here, go for a bowl of Nakaya. It's a bowl of rice and a selection of fresh fish. You can also visit TimeOut Tokyo for other alternatives than the obligatory raw fish.
However, it is the inner ring you will want to enter. Be it for freshly caught creatures of the sea, to document the organised chaos or watching a live demo on gutting fish an arms length away.
Inside the main building complex, which sadly won't be around after the end of 2018, due to the 2020 Olympics. It's worth taking yourself and your camera for a self-guided tour around the maze of foam boxes, vehicles and mountains of raw fish.
In between the every day goings of the market and a heroic negotiation of salmon on our part (wink), we ended our tour with the descaling and gutting of two Red Mullets (which was utterly fascinating).
Those two snappers were ready in a flash for their afterlife in Jiro's sushi roll. It didn't take long before the knife was wielded on the next lot of fish.
Before hitting the road to make breakfast, there was only one more thing left to take care of. A good cup of coffee. The spot closest to the market and run independently is Turret Coffee.
We hope you feel inspired to make Tokyo one of your 2018 destinations (after all Japan has more than 557 Michelin stars) and have a happy Wednesday fuelled by coffee, fish or a good heating system.
Here's to more food adventures in the new year :-)
Robin & Sonya xX