steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

Monumentum Requiris...

In 1666, the Great Fire of London started because of a fire at a baker's in Pudding Lane. Apparently Alfred the Great was on duty.

Just nine years earlier, the Great Fire of Edo began when a priest attempted to cremate a haunted kimono. It had belonged to several girls in turn, all of whom died before being able to wear it. As the kimono burned, wind caught the flames and set fire to the city.

From the ashes of London rose the dome of St Paul's. From the ashes of Edo rose Tsukiji Market, foaming like Aphrodite - for the land had to be reclaimed from the sea, and sea and land have held joint custody ever since.

My keenest regret about my trip to Japan in April was that I didn't visit Tsukiji and try the world's best sushi, especially as I knew the market was due to move to a new site this autumn. That's now been put on hold, however, so perhaps I'll get to see it in its classic location after all...
Tags: nippon notes
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