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Tsukiji Fish Market. Tokyo, Japan. By Eli Mitcham.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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If you want to eat at popular places at Tsukiji market, you’ll need to be there at around 5am to beat the lines. Yeah, that’s right. Sashimi for breakfast. I don’t mind but other people might not be able to stand the thought like my friends. We did it when we first got to Tokyo and it turned them off to sushi and sashimi for the rest of the trip. They didn’t want to eat any after that. This happened in October last year and yes, I am still salty about it.