Wisteria blooms in copious amounts of wisteria blooming at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan April and May. Honestly, remarkable!

Another place to go on my list.

Another place to go on y list.

Wisteria blooms in copious amounts of wisteria blooming at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan April and May. Honestly, remarkable!

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A couple of doors down..

 

Uniqlo has launched today a 12-story flagship store  in Tokyo, in the main street of Ginza, just a couple of doors down from the A&F store I work at. It will be the chain’s biggest store  and will have staff able to speak in English, Korean, Chinese, Spanish and French. Apparently approximately 20% of the employees working at this store is non-Japanese to best serve customers from all over the world shopping in Ginza, known as the home of the most sophisticated and luxurious shops in the country. Smart.

CEO Tadashi Yanai has stated that Uniqlo plans to open 200 to 300 more stores per year worldwide to boost its global presence and compete with bigger fast retailing chain stores like the Gap and Zara from Spain! It was quite lively with the continuous line outside of the store this weekend in Ginza!

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Tsukiji, Japan: the freshest sushi in Japan i.e. the world…

Mao, Denisha, and I decided to go on an early morning adventure one fine Saturday morning to Tsukiji—the world’s largest marketplace for seafood. As the meter ticked away Yen as if it were seconds on a digital clock, I thought to myself why do I do this to myself? But the second I entered the rustling bustling Tsukiji fish market, I was so happy to have the opportunity to experience it. Tens of thousands of tons of seafood from every ocean of the world quickly change hands in Tsukiji’s auctions and in the marketplace’s hundreds of tiny stalls.

I’m not a morning person, so luckily the earlier Roppongi club scene prepared me for a bit of the chaos. There were trucks backing in to unload tuna, as well as a barrage of small, fast vehicles that seemed like go-carts. Add to that bikes, and men pushing wheel barrels along the wet fish filled ‘roads’. No matter where I went – I always seem to be in the way.

Our guide (Mr. Sugimura) told us that the some of these Tuna sold for a mere $15,000 US. Yup, you heard that right. I stared at the expensive tuna and thought about how it costs more than all the money I have earned in my whole life combined. Then, I thought about how this was the middle man price – then it had to be cut up and sold in smaller chunks to restaurants and grocery stores, and by the time I paid for it – it was only a small piece of that $15,000. For any of you that wonder why sushi is so expensive – well…everyone needs their cut and if it already starts at $15,000 you do the math. I really don’t believe there is a ton of mark up on sushi any longer!

Probably the best sushi I’ve ever had.

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Help Japan

While I wa traveling, the devestating earthquake hit Japan. Both of my parents are in Tokyo right now  –They are fortunately safe and well. They will return to the U.S. next week. phew! I hope this ends soon and we all go through it well.

This picture below is a link to the project For Japan With Love,  where you can donate and/or get involved as a blogger.

My thoughts and prayers are going out to all those affected by this horrific disaster.

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