A fun place to see a huge variety of fish and sea food and watch the fish vendors at work; selling, bargaining, cutting fish, lugging boxes, and chatting. There were some big tuna on offer. Interesting to see how carefully they handle the handle the tuna; there is almost a little ceremony before they cut a piece out for a customer, consisting of a discussion, cleaning the fish, cleaning the knife, and verifying the place to cut.
It was a very busy place; mostly men working, some women in the accounting booths. Had to step out of the way for people an machines doing their business, but the workers seem content to work around the tourists.
I went over to an adjacent building where vegetable wholesalers operate, and found a much quieter, calmer atmosphere, and a higher proportion of women engaged in the business. Some bulk vegetables and some fancy stuff; beautifully packaged melons, strawberries, truffles….
Next up was a visit to a shrine which is a “must see” tourist destination, complete with a large tourist shopping area in the adjacent streets. Despite the rainy weather, there was a good crowd; a mix of tourists and worshippers. The whole thing looked artificial compared to temples in the rest of Asia. Less decoration, less wear and tear, less incense, but just as much selling of devotional objects, lots of opportunities to deposit money in boxes to support the temple, and signs / baricades everywhere to tell people what to do.
Just as I was catching the train to the airport, the sun poked through the clouds for a minute, but no chance of seeing Mt Fuji, as the clouds and rain resumed in due course.