Saturday Snippets 31st July 2021…Tokyo


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 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?

The Henn Na Hotel is operated by robots and in the reception, visitors are greeted by a dinosaur robot. There are actually several hotel branches within the same company. The one in Ginza is certified as the first hotel with working robots, in the world.

Wow…I want to visit Tokyo and it’s one of the safest cities in the world…it must also be the zaniest and most fun a mix of ancient and modern…

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

38 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets 31st July 2021…Tokyo

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        Oh yes, Carol! Thank you for mentioning. After finishing the English language, i will try getting closer to the Japanese. Lol As i am most time a single traveler, i try to know the languages a little bit. 😉 Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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  3. johnrieber

    Carol, as you may remember, I shared my stories of visiting the original Tsukiji fish market several times, and having “sushi for breakfast!” I am so glad to have seen it up close!

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  4. beetleypete

    Many years ago (the year 2000), I looked into a two-centre holiday in Tokyo and Kyoto. But it was eye-wateringly expensive, so I went to Beijing instead. The Japanese love of quirky stuff has a lot of appeal to me, and John Rieber’s blog features some crazy stuff from Japan. John has also posted about his trips to Tokyo.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes I read and follow John he does love quirk as do I and would love to visit Tokyo…fastest flight from here is just over 6 hrs so not too far away…Maybe we will win the lottery and covid will disappear..x

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    One of the interesting parts of Olympic watching are the events that take place outside and the coverage of life for locals so we can have glimpses of the city. I think it would be one of the most interesting cities to visit as it is to us so different. Of course I would need a local to show me round as I would be petrified of getting lost!

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  7. petespringerauthor

    For such an enormous city, my impression is that Tokyo is pretty clean. The climate looks ideal—neither too hot nor too cold.

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