Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…
For the last few weeks, I have taken inspiration from something I have read or watched… this week I have been trying to keep up with the Olympics…
I am keeping up with the Olympic Games where I can..coverage is limited here but I can download some of the programs so can watch them that way…in keeping with the Olympics my chosen word this week is…Toyko!
Come with me and see what I discovered…
When I think of Tokyo I think of cherry blossoms…they always look si beautiful…
Not only is Tokyo known for its historic shrines and temples…it is famous for performing arts such as Noh, Kabuki and Rakugo, which have been enjoyed for centuries. Its major venues which celebrate Japanese cultural traditions include the Kabukiza Theatre, the National Noh Theatre and the Kokugikan Hall.
Tokyo is also the home of Anime, electronics, manga, and video games. Akihabara is the epicentre of it all. It becomes a jungle of electric lights and colours at night, providing a sensory overload for visitors.
Did you Know? There is one vending machine per 23 citizens in Tokyo?
Vending machines are everywhere in Japan, and Tokyo is not an exception. Estimations have been made that you will never have to walk more than 12 meters on average to find a vending machine in Tokyo. In fact, there is one vending machine for every 23 people living in the city.
The Japanese are a nation of fish eaters...it is ingrained in their history and culture…we all know that overfishing is causing a problem worldwide and that sustainability is high on most people agendas…Will fish-loving Japan embrace sustainable seafood?
Not easily methinks…fish remains at the heart of Japanese diet and culture.
Traditional Japanese cuisine, known as washoku, was included in December 2013 as a part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Fish are an indispensable element in washoku culture, where a diverse array of ingredients is used with subtlety to prepare each dish.
The Tsukiji Fish Market is what Tokyo has been famed for years and has been on everyone’s to-do list when travelling to Japan…because of the Tokyo Olympics, it has been relocated to Toyosu many people miss the ambience of the old market and feel the new one is modern and soulless…
Although Tsukiji’s wholesale market has moved to nearby Toyosu, the warren of shops and eateries making up the adjacent Jogai Shijo Outer Market remain. A vibrant mix of street-stall style shopping and fresh cuisine, Tsukiji’s Outer Market is a haven for those craving the hustle, bustle and intimate feel of a local Tokyo.
There are lots of themed cafes in Tokyo
Vampire cafes, Alice in Wonderland, Maid cafes, Cat cafes, Totoro cafe, Moomin cafe, PomPomPurin Cafe. You name it and there is a big chance that there is a themed cafe in Tokyo with your favourite things.
Many of Tokyo’s theme cafes are limited editions and so-called pop-up stores that only exist for a certain period. For example, there have been cafes with Pikachu theme, Pokemon theme, Sailor Moon theme, and many more. Some popular ones have remained as permanent establishments.
Let’s have a tune…
A new one on me..quite pleasant…
Did you know food lovers? Tokyo has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants
In the latest edition of the renowned Michelin Guide, a total of 223 restaurants in the city was awarded at least 1 Michelin star. For food lovers, this is perhaps one of the most interesting facts about Tokyo.
Tokyo also has a robot hotel and robot restaurant…what doesn’t Tokyo have?
That’s it for the word Tokyo…This is so funny …Yes I know I have a warped sense of humour. Japanglish love it!
Thank you for popping in today I hope you enjoyed “TOKYO” see you tomorrow for my weekly roundup…I hope you have a great weekend…xx