Black Swan Sashimi

The night before last, I was lying back in my bed in my Tokyo hotel reading The Black Swan, which I thought was going to be about the odd native birdlife in Australia, when the windows gave a cracking sound. The glass wasn't breaking but it was moving in its slot. My book start to shift in front of my face and my belly started to rock ("Look at that blubber fly" - Homer Simpson) in contrapuntal rhythm to the wobbling mattress. That gentle shake kept going for about 20 secs, and then it settled to a minute or so of light rocking of the book in my hand and the window finally settling back with a crack or two.

A massive 6.8 earthquake in northern Japan but only a shake on the 25 floor at Keio Plaza. I was thinking - straight out the window... Do the superman thing...


FINALLY - got the Tsukiji market for breakfast! I was expecting the sashimi to be majorly expensive, but a big bowl of tuna based chirashizushi (sashimi on rice) was only $15! I was expecting horrendous prices but that was great! And while the bidding had all finished by 7am when we arrived, they were still hacking through big fish and slicing frozen bits and weighing pieces all over the place.

Those weird motor-scooter/pick-uptrasy/segway things were attacking us from all sides as we wandered through.

Glad to have done it.

Book of 1000 things, #345 - TICK!



Posted by: expat@large on Jul 25, 08 | 8:48 am | Profile


I always slept through earthquakes. The only way one would wake me up was when the building fell down around me.

Posted by: Skippy-san on Jul 26, 08 | 12:39 pm

Even if the earthquakes were in the middle of the day?

Posted by: expat@large on Jul 26, 08 | 5:02 pm

Only if I was reading your blog at work. :-)

Posted by: Skippy-san on Jul 28, 08 | 9:48 am

'The Black Swan' is a great book and I can recommend 'Fooled By Randomness' as well.

Posted by: steviefboy on Jul 29, 08 | 4:22 pm

Stevieboy: I chose it at random. I think his overly chatty style is driving me crazy. He writes the way I give 1-on-1 work training - eventually effective but all over the place whilst in progress. I am 100% certain he drafted this book on a table napkin.

Posted by: expat@large on Jul 29, 08 | 5:18 pm

No posts since Friday!!

What have you been up to???


Posted by: Pete3859 on Jul 29, 08 | 7:11 pm

Pete: work, including the weekend - what about you? I haven't had a decent break since, phew, Tuesday!

Posted by: expat@large on Jul 29, 08 | 7:19 pm

Same same here mate. Although I did manage a day off last Monday (Aug 4) while I lay in the ED having morphine pumped into me ( you know why!!). Now drinking like a sailor and peeing like a horse again.

Posted by: Pete3859 on Aug 11, 08 | 9:54 pm

You and those stones - gotta do something about that! Prophylactic nephrectomy?

Posted by: expat@large on Aug 12, 08 | 1:41 am

Well. The CT report mentioned ureteric neoplasm so a prophylactic nephro-ureterectomy may be on the cards. Me and the surgeon discuss this tomorrow. Thurs.

For now, I'm assuming an over zealous radiologist!!

Posted by: Pete3859 on Aug 13, 08 | 7:14 pm


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