Seek Something ‘Iki’ by Strolling around Ginza and Tsukiji.

Seek Something ‘Iki’ by Strolling around Ginza and Tsukiji.
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‘Iki’ is one of Japanese aesthetic ideals meaning ‘chic’ or ‘refinement’. To find something iki, let’s wake up early and take a walk around Tsukiji and Ginza areas. If you have a girlfriend/boyfriend or parents who love taking a walk, you can try this course with them!

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1. Tsukiji Honganji Temple

1. Tsukiji Honganji Temple
Tsukiji Honganji Temple
http://www.tsukijihongwanji.jp/eng/?fr=navi

The temple is right next to Tsukiji Station. It was built in 1934, and its Indian-style exterior really stands out. Inside the temple lies a pipe organ that consists of 2000 pipes! Their bumps and dents are said to represent ‘Namu Amida Butsu’, the Buddhist mantra. Such a unique and unusual Buddhist temple!

Surprisingly, a pipe organ matches well in the temple.

The interior decoration is something worth seeing.

2. Spaghetti in Tsukiji?! Four Season, a Popular Restaurant.

2. Spaghetti in Tsukiji?! Four Season, a Popular Restaurant.
Four Season

Tsukiji is known for its fresh seafood, but today I’ll have spaghetti at a popular restaurant in this area. Having spaghetti in Tsukiji is sort of ‘iki’, right?

70’s J-pop music is playing in the restaurant.

What I order is Japanese-style (usually called ‘wafu’) spaghetti with lots of thinly sliced ‘ao-jiso’ (green perilla) on top! Just like other wafu spaghetti, the pasta and other ingredients are stir-fried well, so they taste very savory. Thin spaghetti mixed with ao-jiso, mushrooms, onions, shredded seaweed, and sausages is great stuff!

They have salad, too.

3. Ichifuji, a Crockery Shop Found in the Streets of Tsukiji Outer Market.

3. Ichifuji, a Crockery Shop Found in the Streets of Tsukiji Outer Market.
Ichifuji
http://www.tsukiji.or.jp/english/index.html

The shop is filled with variety of Japanese crockery, which makes me want to buy some ‘ochoko’ (small sake cups) or ‘yunomi’ (teacups) on impulse! Also, they have plates in many different shapes, on which I feel like presenting Tsukiji’s fresh seafood.

These unique yunomi cups are at reasonable prices. Yay!

4. Huge Oojishi at Namiyoke Inari Shrine!

4. Huge Oojishi at Namiyoke Inari Shrine!
Namiyoke Inari Shrine
http://www.namiyoke.or.jp/

This shrine is believed to protect Tsukiji Fish Market from disaster and bad luck.

A huge lion-headed figure called Yakuyoke Tenjo Oojishi. It was made by Mr. Seiun Chida, one of Japan’s leading modern sculptors.

haguro Jishi, a female lion’s head with blackened teeth, is another piece of work by Mr. Chida. What great work he’s done!

5. Walk through Uogashi-Yokocho Alley and Head to Kabuki-za.

5. Walk through Uogashi-Yokocho Alley and Head to Kabuki-za.
Kabuki-za
http://www.kabuki-za.co.jp/

On the second basement of Kabuki-za is Kobikicho Plaza that has so many busy shops and restaurants.

Take the escalator and go up to their Rooftop Garden located on the 5th floor. To come down, take the Goemon stairs so you can enjoy the nice view of the tiled roof of Kabuki-za. Each end-tile has a phoenix design, but there is only one phoenix looking in the opposite direction. Look for the one if you get a chance!

Finish! Nice outing!

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