On friday a group of us went to the Heiwajima Antique market. It was really a pilgrimage for our friend Jane who is leaving Tokyo for good and wanted one last fix! There are over 250 vendors selling everything from armour and weapons to beautifully painted screens and wonderful textiles. Of course, we went for the textiles and I had a rather fruitful day - in fact so fruitful I had to get it delivered back to my apartment! See some of the finds here.
As a reward, we decided to go for sushi lunch and ended up at this gorgeous little place in Ginza. We were so pleased that our friend Michicko, who is Japanese, found it for us and was able to negotiate a table etc. The food was melt-in-the-mouth and a lovely way for Jane to spend her last day in Tokyo.
The sushi was artfully placed out on the counter in front of us.
The chef was a lovely gentle man who was willing to explain each fish to us (through Michiko, our interpreter) as it was placed in front of us.
This was what the outside looked like - somewhere I would never have dared to go into if we hadn't had a Japanese person with us.....