築地市場 Tsukiji shijō: Sushi: makes me wonder now.

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Cold rainy day in March — sangatsu
yes nihongo comes back,
who was I then? Meat-eating
American, Japanophile
footloose in Tokyo
(arches not yet fallen)
new Nikon digital cam
in hand, hopping between
cartmen and fish-sellers
at the “world’s largest”
fish market. Frozen tuna
spilled off forklifts at
5 a.m. Vats of uni
tanks of fugo and tako,
anything out of the sea
was for sale, eager old lady
cut living flesh from leg
of giant sea crab, extended
it on chopsticks to me.
“We can ship home for you.”

Today a cardinal sings,
my wife returns from
grocery with bird seed.

Yet I bought a sushi knife,
ate fish broth breakfast
with those Tsukiji men.
-Wm. Marling

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