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Yokohama Chinatown - One of the Largest in the World!
I initially thought the idea of a Chinatown in Japan to be a little strange because of the significant war between China and Japan in 1937 and the subsequent ill-feeling felt by many of my parent's and grandparent's generations.

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Rodin outside National Museum of Western Art, Ueno Park
The first time we arrived at Ueno station, we saw massive queues of people for a booth that turned out to be for the National Museum of Western Art. As we walked into Ueno Park, this museum was also the first one with saw, together with even more people queuing to get it.

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It was with some relief therefore, that we had decided previously that we didn't want to visit the place. We were keener on the National Science Museum next door and the Tokyo National Museum a bit further away, but still within Ueno Park.

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Amazing Displays at the National Science Museum in Ueno Park
At the rate I'm going about Japan's attention to detail and model-making, I'll end up as the ambassador they never knew they had! The National Science Museum in Ueno Park changes nothing in my view.

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It's by far another of my highlights to Tokyo and anyone who enjoys looking at exhibitions of natural history will feel the same. Curiously, its unlike either the London or Hong Kong science museums which dedicate themselves more to physics, but much rather combines science with nature.

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Tsukiji Fish Market Part 5 - The Outer Market for food and accessories
After spending a few hours at the temperature-chilled and viscerous tuna auctions and Wholesalers Market, the Outer Market seemed to be a whole world apart. It was certainly a few streets away enough to separate it.

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Tsukiji Fish Market Part 4 - Freshest Sushi in the World at Daiwa Sushi Restaurant
We couldn't visit the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo without sampling some sushi there. It's got to be the freshest and most authentic sushi in the world coming from within the market itself!

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In our Tokyo Lonely Planet City Guide, Daiwa Sushi is recommended, so we searched within the Wholesalers Market to find the place.

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