What have I been up to this week? Not much. Regular life stuff, school/sleep/eat. Walk around the city, pop into different shops every now and again.
On Monday, our Japanese teacher Suzuki set us up on a rendez-vous with some advanced students of hers, French guys. They were pretty cool, albeit young (21!). I was hyped at first because I have way better French skills than Japanese. When I got there though, I was kind of quiet with the francais because I didn’t want to sound like an idiot. All was well though. We went to an Izakaya (almost like a tapas style restaurant with drinks and private rooms) in Shinjuku and shared plates while drinking warm sake
1 of our new French pals
and having conversation. Afterward we headed to an English Pub for a beer. I think it was that brief interaction with those guys that reminded me how much I need to get to France. They were telling me how 7+ yrs of language study was like a complete waste without ever having visited the country. Who can disagree with that?
We also went out with Suzuki for an eel lunch. Pretty tasty. I could have sworn that my last experience with eel was unpleasant, but when we got to the restaurant and had a lightly grilled eel over rice in a brown sauce, well I was pleased.
Side note: the Japanese will make tea out of anything. I’ve had rice tea, soba tea, oat tea and who the hell else knows what kind of tea. They’re all pretty bad if you were wondering. What happened to all that green tea I was told they drink over here?
Tonight I’ll pack a bag to get ready for a weekend trip. We’re heading up north to Naeba to go snowboarding! So you’ll most def have to check back for the details on that!
New FLICKR photos up, BTW. If you’re my f’book friend, you’ve already seen ‘em though.
Before I came here, people were telling me about all the things they would want to see, do or buy if they ever had the chance to visit Tokyo. Well, I’m here and you’re not (no gloating intended). I have until the end of April (exams, ya know) to explore this town and the surrounding areas. Tell me some of the things that you would SEE, DO or BUY here and I will try my best to get to those places/things and take photos which I’ll post here.
Experience Tokyo vicariously through me! (Plus we always need ideas of what to do). I’ve already tasted two kinds of flavored Kit-Kats for my boy Jason. FYI, the strawberry KitKat (no chocolate, just strawberry and the cookie inside) was tasty as hell. The apple KitKat (apple-flavored chocolate) smelled just like a Macintosh apple but had a funny aftertaste. I have yet to taste the green tea jawn and one that looks like it’s stew flavored. I dunno.
I'll try to do a better job of finding things.
Taking requests in the comments!
Last weekend was our first time really going out to party in Tokyo. True, we’ve been here for a couple of weekends, but we were so jetlagged out the first week there was no way we were making it out. I think we made up for it sufficiently.
Friday: After a lame class on Japan Law, we hooked up with some students and went out for Japanese fast food, basically rice bowls topped with anything from taco meat to curry. It was cheap but it wasn’t yummy. Afterward, we met up at an English pub for drinks. The place was alright but most importantly had semi-decently priced drinks. Pretty important here because our area of town is kind of pricey when it comes to that sort of thing. On suggestion of one of the crazier students in the group, we headed over to this club called 911 to dance a bit. That spot was suuuuuuuuper crowded but the music was good.
Yo, Japanese people are pretty damned reserved during the day but at night… whoa! They’re crazy. They were dancing around all nutso (think white people dancing) but definitely enjoying themselves. It’s really interesting how even the most straight-laced looking people get totally wild at the club. I danced with like 3 suited up business men, one even took off his tie and wrapped it around my neck, freaky styles! There was this one guy we dubbed RainbowCoat who stuck close to our group all night long. He was dancing around in his puffy rainbow jacket, putting his head on the girls’ shoulders, seemingly trying to get as close to our boobs as possible. You ain’t slick, RainbowCoat! There was a decent amount of foreigners in there as well but not too many. I think I burned 17 nose hairs due to the one African dude (sorry my dark continent peeps) who obviously has a cultural aversion to deodorant. Altogether, that night was alright. Once the music devolved into a techno nightmare, we got out of there and headed home. Click for Saturday, Sumo & more
I figured since I’m going to be taking so many pictures that I ought to put them somewhere else instead of trying to embed each one into this blog. I’ve got a photostream poppin’ over at Flickr. Check out the link to view: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hellokia/
You guys are killing me. Yes, I have been taking pictures of almost everything. Have I had time to get them up here? No. I can barely sit still with all the crap I have to do. I’m up at 6am right now just trying to get THIS little bit down. So please, be patient and let me settle a bit. I will get them up!