Day 3. I cannot not go back to Tsukiji Market. I know Tokyo had awesome sushi everywhere, but after last year’s market experience, I just had to have it again. So I led the way back to Tsukiji for a late second breakfast, finding Iwasa Sushi, the same restaurant where Hazel and I ate last year. I like that place because the line was forgiving unlike the more popular shops. We waited for only 20 minutes. Their sushi was heaven, even their free refillable green tea and miso soup were so good. Also the staff there are very nice. The okasan staff for one so kindly gave me a small sealed jar that was apparently a seaweed paste that you mix with steaming rice (thank you Ryn for explaining haha).
After a filling meal, we took off to find more cherry blossoms. Surely these blooms offer a different, more magnificent sight in the morning, quite unique from the lighted night view we enjoyed hours before. So we hopped on the train to the nearby Yoyogi Park. We did not come prepared with our own picnic spreads, sadly. If we did, we would have been able to lie under the cherry blossom trees and watch as the petals flutter idly towards the ground with every gentle gust of wind. We found a bench instead, some meters away from the sakura forest, where we baked under the spring sun, people-watching. Two kids played baseball (more like catch, with one kid obviously better than the other), and families, couples, singles strolled past with their bags of chips and coolers of beer.
I was feeling the very serious threat of spring sunburn, so we got up, strolled out of the park and walked to the nearby Takeshita-dori. Ahhh place of happiness. I was there for the cuteness, and also the duty-free cosmetics and skin care. We had lunch, found an ABC Mart (AKA sneaker heaven ohemgee) then it was back to the hotel for more tita-rest-and-alone time. That night we met up with the rest of our party for dinner at this small resto tucked within the streets of Ueno near Ameyoko. Our guide said they served the cheapest, most delicious unagi don in Tokyo. I ate that unagi don, and I believed him with all my heart.
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