The morning started with my heel bone hurting like hell. Too bad a warm shower didn’t improve the situation. Headed out around nine, pain or not I wanted to visit Tsukiji fish market.
Tsukiji fish market
The walk to the subway was slow thanks to the sore heel which didn’t change at Tsukiji fish market. I decided my painful foot shouldn’t get in the way for a beautiful day. After walking around the market I lined up at one of the fish restaurants at Tsukiji fish market.
The wait in line wasn’t too bad it took fifteen minutes to get a seat inside. Ordered the deluxe sushi platter. Breakfast and lunch in one go for about twenty-five Euros. The food was fantastic, except the piece of Sushi in the bottom left corner. Washed it down with green tea and miso soup.
With a full stomach I enjoyed the huge market. Be careful not to get hit by the small carts driving around. Happy I still got to experience the old market before they move it to a new location.
After an hour I left Tsukiji fish market and returned to the apartment. Had to let my heel rest for a while the pain was increasing. So annoying. Ended up messaging with Naoko. In case you wonder who Naoko is, read on. A few hours and some paracetamol later, the pain subsided. Stayed the rest of the afternoon in the apartment. It was raining anyway. Around four o’clock I made my way to Tokyo station to get on the train to Tennodai.
Nagomi Visit, dining with a local family
Getting to the station didn’t take much effort, the search for the right platform proved to be harder. My first time leaving a big station in Japan so had to search. I found my way and got on the train heading to Tennodai. Felt nervous about meeting Naoko, what if we wouldn’t get along? The train pulled into Tennodai Station at six, Naoko was waiting for me holding a piece of paper with my name on it. We recognized each other before she could hold it up. Rushed to her car through the rain and drove off to her house.
I took my shoes off and introduced myself to her mother and son; they enquired about my foot right away. So sweet. Looked around the house for a short time before I joined them in the kitchen. Namiko was still cooking. Naoko, her son and I made the Sushi.
After we finished making Sushi, and they set the table, Naoko and I sat down. Namiko joined us after she finished last things in the kitchen. Such a great experience.
There were so many dishes. The Sushi we made, Tempura with shrimps, vegetables, meat and mushrooms. Yams, potato salad, and pulled pork. They went all out; everything was delicious. On arrival, I gave them a small present, a tin with stroopwafels (treacle-waffle). For my sore heel, she got me a package of bandages. Naoko also gave me a banner with owls on it, for good fortune. She and her family are so thoughtful and sweet.
The banner will get a beautiful spot at home. What an amazing experience. Naoko, her mother also wanted to know a lot, so Naoko had to translate for her and me. Around 9:30 p.m she drove me back to the station.
Next time we meet I will visit during daytime to enjoy their house and garden. I recommend experiencing Nagomi Visit for yourself when you visit Japan.