It’s not really practical…. ok, maybe not really even possible, to be a “crazy cat lady” in a city as crowded as Tokyo. Even still, Japan has plenty of people obsessed with cats (do a Google search on “namennayo”), even while living in conditions crowded enough to make ownership of a cat or cats, at a minimum, difficult. No worries though, some enterprising (and maybe a little odd) souls have stepped in to fill the void of feline snuggle time for people in Tokyo who can’t or won’t own their own pet cats. So called “Cat Cafes” charge by the hour for cat overload. It’s kinda weird, kinda cute, and very Japanese. We saw a sign for one near Asakusa, and had to check it out today.
Ashley said she would’ve preferred a “Puppy Cafe,” but we’re pretty sure she still had fun.
We had started out the day at 0430 to get to the Tsukiji fish market which was an interesting spectacle. A fair way to describe the experience of exploring the market is “stressful.” No matter where you’re standing or walking, you’re in the way. All manner of sea creatures are up for sale and things move at really hectic pace. Probably the most visually interesting are the tuna, people carving up these frozen fish as big as livestock. One note on the Tsukiji market that surprised all of us was the complete lack of a “fishy” smell. Markets in Southeast Asia and Latin America can get a little foul at times, and don’t get me started on China….. but this market was just that clean I guess. It really takes work from everybody in a place that big to keep it from smelling awful. It’s probably also a testament to just how rapidly goods move through the place. I recommend a visit to the place during a stay in Tokyo for sure. This is my third time here and I hadn’t made it out before. After today I definitely feel like I missed out. And let’s not forget the sushi there, fresh from the market….. MY. GOD.
After checking out the temple at Asakusa (and of course the “Cat Cafe”), we made our way across town to Akihabara for a little electronics type shopping. Closed out the day in Harajuku at Martha’s favorite “cake bar” called “Sweets Paradise.” Had a pretty fun, albeit long and exhausting day.