After that we swung over a precipitous drop in a very full cable car to get to Kunozan Toshogu Shine. The only other route involves climbing thousands of stairs from the seaside. Shizuoka Prefecture’s temperate, sunny weather had already coaxed some of the shrine’s cherry blossoms into bloom and they shone in the sun like so many glistening pink pearls.
Then we stopped at a fish market for some really fresh sushi on a convenient go-round. We accidentally snagged a plate that cost 800 yen ($10) and it wasn’t even our favorite! Oops! We walked around after that, stopping to be grossed out by the enormous tuna head decorated with silk spring blossoms and gaping up at the ceiling, then browsed a shop with more Hello Kitty phone charms than I’ve ever seen. While I was perusing these and debating whether I needed a Hello-Kitty-in-onegiri charm, Chris beckoned me over: “Come look at this!” “Hmm?” I asked. “Come here!” he said. “Can you hold it up?” I asked, not tall enough to lean over the aisle. “No, I am not holding this up in here,” he said. (photo below) Ha ha! This is a kids’ store! Japan is so crazy!