Tokyo, Day 3
How could we not come to Tokyo and see the Sumo wrestlers? We took the train out to where they are located. The trains are very civilized. Packed with people but there is an etiquette which is followed. People actually stand in line to go up the escalator vs cramming in with hopes to get up to the top first. The stations are clean too.
There is the top tier of sumo wrestlers that get paid and then there is a second tier that lives and works at the stables but do not get paid. The lower tier waits on the top tier sumo wrestlers with the hopes of becoming one of them over time. The whole sport is fascinating. Six events a year. The largest sumo wrestler ever weighed in at around 600 pounds. The sport takes place inside a small ring. You can not step outside the ring or fall down or you lose. They are seriously strong big men. Once you get over the shock of seeing them you just watch. First they bow to each other.
We then went over to the Ueno area where there is a street market. I was looking for a particular stall but instead we just bought some of these sushi sandwiches. Rice stuffed into a wrap of nori with a little fish on top or stuffed inside.
Once you get to the front of the line an attendant has you put your cash in this vending machine and choose what dish you want. Then you get a ticket. Once they sit you down you give your ticket to another attendant and they bring you your soup. In essence no cash changes hands with anyone who works there.
Our next stop was the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art. The building is fantastic. No pictures allowed but I did get this one of Fred and Jessica sitting in these super comfy chairs. There were a few exhibits and then of course the permanent collection. They are pretty strict about which one you see first. Very orderly. The first exhibit was around the merging of music and art. Each of the exhibits were so well curated. You had to follow a certain path which made so much sense as the exhibit unfolds. Really glad we went to this museum.
Back to the hotel for a few hours of rest and relaxation which I had really yet not had. Sorely needed.