The new year is one of the most important milestones and most celebrated holiday in the world. We were very fortunate to have spent another new year abroad and this time was in Japan. The Japanese, unlike the Chinese celebrates their new year on the 1st of January since the 19th century. However, the Japanese have their own customs and ways of celebrating this huge holiday. They call it the Omisoka. Years are traditionally viewed as completely separate, with each new year providing a fresh start.
After visiting the Tsukiji Market in the early morning, we decided to head down to Odaiba. It's an enormous artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Built initially in 1850 for defensive purposes, it has now been expanded dramatically into a major shopping district and tons of entertainment built within. Though greatly nearby the ocean shore, Odaiba, along with Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, are two of the only places in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area where the seashore is accessible, and not blocked by industry and harbor areas.
One part of Tokyo comes to life before dawn and that's Tokyo's iconic Tsukiji Market. Part of our itinerary was to visit this awesome market and have the best sushi in the world. Tsukiji Market, or formally known as Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, is nevertheless the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. It's also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. It handles over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. The Tsukiji Market has been a national landmark to all at it's present location for nearly 75 years. Despite it being so old and run down (in Japanese standards, but extremely new and clean in Malaysian standards), it draws in more tourists each year.
It's not exactly called Doraemon museum. It's formally called the Fujiko·F·Fujio Museum. Why? Well, despite having Doraemon and gang overshadowing every part of this place, it's actually a museum about the author and all of his creations. If you are a fan of Doraemon, Pa-man or Mojacko, then this beloved museum should be in your highlighted visits when you come to Tokyo.
The museum can be found in the suburbs of Kawasaki. Kawasaki is located in the Kanagawa Perfecture, just between Tokyo and Yokohama. In order to get there, drop yourself off at the JR Noborito Station. From our station at Uguisudani, we had to take the train down to Shinjuku using the Yamanote Line and from there, change to the Odakyu Line that directs us there. The entire journey takes just about an hour. During our journey from Shinjuku, we started to see many parents and kids hopping onto the same train. Right away we knew that we weren't on the wrong train.
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