I can still see the horrified yet curious looks on their faces as we walked through the rows and rows of fish guts and heads, the jars full of strange sea life ready to be eaten... their shrieks and gasps of "What is THAT?" as we approached an eel head with a gigantic eye open, staring at them.
Walking through an open market in Japan is way different than shopping at the local Southern California grocery store.
This walk through the market was homeschool that day. I mean, sure... it only took an hour or so. But the kids learned a ton about seafood, spices, horticulture and agriculture, and big starey fish eyes. They saw many new varieties of seeds and flowers, sampled some Japanese sweets (not so much fans of that), watched as the fish shops cut their fish in halves, fourths, and slices, and then weighed them for sale. They were fascinated by the giant living lobsters in a few tanks, and were terrified by the huge octupi placed in buckets here and there (they both have a fear of the octopus- inexplicable).
And when we finished with the food sections of the market, we hit the toy section. JACKPOT. Let's just say that a few months of chore money and allowance went disappearing pretty quickly!
BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah