to catch the real action, you have to get to the tsukiji fish market early, like 5:00 early. unfortunately i live an hour away by train and the stations don't even open until 5:00. nevertheless, i was hopeful i'd still be able to catch the fish auction, where log-sized slabs of frozen fish get dealt around to the highest bidders. i woke up at 4:30 to get ready, then quietly slipped out into the still-dark morning, envious of alex with 3 more precious hours to snore away before he had to get up for work. the transportation wasn't that straight-forward; there's no direct line from toda to tsukiji so i ended up having to take 2 different trains and 1 subway to get there. fortunately it was early in the morning and the trains weren't very crowded yet. yesterday was my first time taking the train by myself and today was my first time riding the subway. subways don't fall under the jurisdiction of the JR, so that means my JR pass wouldn't work so i had to buy a ticket. after looking at the map for a few minutes, i bought a 230 yen ticket and caught the next subway. only then did i realize i overpayed once i saw the map on the train. a few stops later i arrived at tsukiji. not knowing which direction to go, i followed a group of japanese, hoping they'd be going to the fish market. as if to further verify the fact that i was heading in the right direction, several men joined our group, all wearing rubber boots. i couldn't wait.
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