I'd never been to Tsujiki (築地) Fish Market so I was very interested to see it. The actual market was closed because it operates mainly in the morning but the restaurants were all open and ready.
On the way from the subway station we passed Hongan-ji Temple (本願寺). It's obviously a Buddhist temple, and looked very Indian in its style. Because we were all so hungry we didn't go in but it was interesting to see it from the outside.
As we crossed the road, a man approached us with leaflets for a sushi place called Sushizanmai, which I'd never heard of, but apparently it's quite famous.
We went up to the third floor, admist loud, energetic cries of 'Irasshaimaseee!' The atmosphere was very fun and lively. We had to put our shoes in lockers, taking a wooden board out of the door, which then locked it. It was interesting that a piece of wood acted perfectly as a key.
We looked at the menu, and ticked off what we wanted on a piece of paper, which was then collected by a waiter.
It took about 10 minutes to arrive, but it felt like much longer because our stomachs were growling away.
All the sushi we ordered came on a lacquered wooden board, but there was no time to appreciate the aesthetics. It was food time!
After we'd eaten our fill, we decided to walk to Ginza, which was only about 1km away. We passed loads of nice-looking restaurants, including this one.
I saw a street performer, perhaps the first I've seen in Japan. He was Western, doing a 'Living Statue' act. If someone gave him money, he would bow and kiss their hand. That put us off giving him any money, but Japanese women were crowding round.
Afterwards, we went home at about 10pm and everyone said what a good time they had. The housemate who has been here for the longest time said that this group of people was her favourite, and she never went out with previous housemates. That made us feel good.
One of my housemates is studying extremely hard for a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam in early August, and I'm helping him, so that evening was spent working on pronunciation. Some of the words are so difficult! If I know them, I never use them!
It's nice to go out, because lots of my time is spent indoors, either teaching or studying, so it's lots of fun to be with people having a good time. And I should cherish the times I can be outside and comfortable! Now that rainy season and summer are nearly upon us, I need to make the most of it!