I am back in Tucson now, adjusting to normal life. My trip around the world was indeed a grand journey. I traveled 35,115 air miles. Here is the breakdown.
Fortunately, the last day of my trip was the most amazing. I took a tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market, and it was a glorious sunny Tokyo day in the dead of winter. The Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world and home to the worlds finest tuna. In 2013, a single bluefin tuna sold for $1.8 million. The market has an interior core composed of 700 fish vendors. At 5:30 am every day, there is a fish auction. Surrounding the wholesale market are 400 retail vendors selling all manner of fish and other edible delights. At 10:00 am, the wholesale market is open to the public. The market is overwhelming.
The market was slated to move from the heart of Tokyo to an industrial suburb in November 2016; however, the move was postponed due to political opposition. It is much like the move of the famed Paris wholesale food market, Les Halles. When Les Halles moved and was replaced by a rather soulless shopping mall, many claimed that the heart of Paris had been ripped out. It remains unclear whether the Tsukiji Fish Market will actually move, despite the fact that the new market is mostly built.
I finished off the afternoon in the Asakusa neighborhood, which has many temples and a charming traditional Japanese shopping area.