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Selwyn Times: June 27, 2017

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26 Tuesday June 27 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Travel Put your taste buds to the test in Tokyo • By Mike Yardley ON ARRIVAL in Tokyo, I was looking for a sure-fire way to blitz the jet-lag. The sensory onslaught of Tsukiji Market fitted the bill perfectly, as I revelled in the colour, the cacophony and organised chaos of the world’s largest seafood market. Spanning the size of 430 rugby fields, the market metrics are gob-smacking. It’s the stomping ground for 50,000 workers, where over 1700 stalls sell 2000-tonnes of seafood daily, in 480 varieties. This grand encounter with the kitchen of Japan groans with polystyrene crates proudly splayed with every marketable sea creature – including whale meat. Fancy watching the daily Tuna Auction? You’ll need to get here at the ungodly hour of 3am, to score a visitor’s slot in the tuna auction room. The dealing is all done by 6.30am. Humming with post-auction activity, later in the morning, a veritable army of workers hauled freshly sold fish on fork-lifts, hand-carts and “turret trucks”, like speed-freak bees in a choreographed hive. I gazed in awe of hulking blue-fin tuna the size of SELECTION: Seafood for sale at the Tsukiji Market. refrigerators. Half of Tokyo seemed to be out sampling and shopping. It’s a riveting introduction to the core ingredients in Japanese cuisine and the ebullient vendors happily hand-out free tastings. I grazed on seaweed, benito shavings, dumplings in soybean flour, smoked fish and kimchee squid. Best of all, Tsukiji’s quintessential sushi restaurants offer the freshest raw fish fix possible. My tour group headed for Sushi Daiwa, situated next to Sushi Dai, which are the two famous sushi houses. Their pilgrimage-like pulling power means you may well find yourself queuing outside for several hours. We lucked in, with only a 15min wait. Although they staff are too polite to say so, you are expected to eat and run at these sushi counters. Alongside the delectable slivers of tuna draped over a bed of rice, we noshed on congee reel, sea urchin and that celebrated Japanese delight, tamagoyaki, egg omelette roll. If you’re sizing up one big blow-out in Tokyo, the Park Hyatt is the pinnacle of high-end hospitality. BUSY: Eat fresh raw fish at Sushi Daiwa. The city’s most decorated hotel is the Park Hyatt which graces the upper-levels of a Kenzo Tangedesigned high-rise, lording over west Shinjuku. Considered the father of modern Japanese architecture, he was the master planner for the rebuilding of Hiroshima after World War 2. With the hotel floors beginning on the 41st level with the glass-walled reception, you can be assured your accommodation will be dressed with a sweeping panorama of the neon-drenched, sky-scrapered expanse of Tokyo. HIGH-END: Experience panoramic views from a room at the Park Hyatt. Service is ultra-attentive without being starchy. Whether you’re staying in-house or not, the dining destinations are unmissable. SOUTHERN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Academic or practical? We have a course for you! Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) offers programmes from Certificate to Masters level, with course intakes throughout the year. The Christchurch campus has programmes covered by the Zero Fees Scheme, which means you are not charged tuition fees, only paying for any direct material costs involved. The New Zealand Certificate in Project Management is open for enrolments and students can begin studying at the end of June or in the September intake. Teaching the core skills and techniques of project management, this course will allow you to contribute to the management of various projects and work with others in a project team. Offered via blended delivery, you get the best of both worlds, with fortnightly workshops and online study combining to create a flexible and comprehensive programme. If you’re looking to get a trade under your belt, the Certificate in Construction is a great option as the building industry is in need of those with construction qualifications. Beginning in August, this course can allow you to fast track your way through an apprenticeship. Covering carpentry theory, elementary construction skills, health and safety, drawing and practical construction, you will attend classes three days per week, with the other two days occupied by practical work experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in house building coupled with the completion of theory units, which will ideally then lead into an apprenticeship. Come and enrol to study at SIT’s Christchurch campus and kick start your career today! CONSTRUCTION @ SIT CHRISTCHURCH ENROL NOW FOR SEMESTER 2 ª Certificate in Construction (Level 3) -Course starts 21 August Call today or email info@sit.ac.nz 0800 TO STUDY www.sit.ac.nz

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