Yeah, it’s been a long while again, but

Yeah, it’s been a long while again, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. So since I barely have time to update long texts like I used to do, I at least wanted to give you something visual. My past 6 weeks summed up into 120 Pictures of funny, weird and interesting japanese stuff. 

Since my trip is nearing its’ end, I doubt that I will have the time (nor motivation) to update in a long text or anything at all. Though I may eventually write a small resume about the whole trip, what I’ve learned and how it influenced me, we’ll see!

Take care, guys! Seeya around~

A review of the past 6 weeks – badly needed, huh?

So it’s been a while again, but I haven’t been around much lately – at least not travelling. Work has been tiring and time-killing, so after work i just want to get home and spend my time relaxing at home, though it rarely actually comes that. The weekends I mostly spend with my friends on izakaya or cleaning my room (as crazy as it sounds).
Let’s start with the first weekend of february.

Since I live in a sharehouse, we have some furniture standing outside of our house and the some of the stuff I had (or still have) in my room was quite crappy and useless, so I decided to ask Agustin for help to move a mirror on a small table and a small wardrobe upstairs to my room. We placed the things in my room and went downstairs to have some fun time in front of the TV, going to shower just half an hour later, because I had to get ready for the meeting with Keigo and Aurelian. Getting ready, I left the house at 6pm and took the subway to Ginza and continuing from there to Minamisenju, located in north-east Tokyo. It took me a full hour to get there, but finally there I greeted the boys and went to a bar nearby, which sadly was already full so we searched for another bar. barely 2minutes later we found one, where we had a bear, steak and fries for dinner, though after one hour we decided to go back to the other bar, because Aurelian still had some business with the owner. The rest of the evening we had hot and cold sake, and various dishes for example, karasumi (fisheggs and redish), some tempura and fishtesticles. The last one surprised me, since eating genitals isn’t one of my fortes, but the tasted really good, though they were very… creamy. The boys made fun of it the whole night, yet it ended quite early. We left there around 22:40 and I took the train home. Arriving home I just relaxed for some time and went to bed. The next day was a sunday so I stayed in.

The following week was pure work, because my company got a new delivery of 155 devices the friday before and I had to label them new, put in japanese manuals and test them. Of course I also had my englishlessons, which are already showing some progress as my students are talking a lot to me and even our little newby has started to be more relaxed around me.
The thursday that week Agustin spontaneously asked me if I wanted to go out with him to some place in Asagaya and I went with the flow and said yes. We ended up in a tappas bar, had some snacks, a beer each and a very intense and interesting talk, in the end staying out for 3 whole hours.

Friday I stayed in for the night, organizing my room again and finishing some left over stuff.
Saturday I planned on staying in, too, to further organize my room and so on, but Koh asked me out, since we hadn’t talked for a while and of course I couldn’t decline such offer. Luckily I had to pick our place, Shin Okubo it was. I thought some korean food would do us good, even though it was my first time actually eating it, and now that I’ve tried it, I’m so completely whipped, it was just sooo delicious and spicy! We met up at 19:30 and went around to look for a decent looking place with some spicy food and only half an hour later we found one that wasn’t filled to the brim. First we ordered something to drink and later on our food. When all our food had arrived, there seriously was no more space left on our table, all the space was taken by a huge bowl of spicy Bulgogi, then we had some bowl of Bulgogi Bibimbap and another bowl of white soup. Aside from that we got 5 smaller sidedishes and a seaweed soup (tasting more like saltwater than anything else, but it tasted good). The first 1,5 hours we were mainly just talking, barely eating except for maybe some piece of the sidedish or the bibimbap, but it was so interesting to talk to Koh that moment, though, when we got to the food, I really couldn’t stop eating, first when we stood up from the table, most of the food empty, could I grab the last piece of salad and stop eating after that. The night was still young and Koh really enjoyed my company so he asked me if I wanted a drink. On our search to find a restaurant we came across this bar called ‘korean boys’ and we thought it sounded funny, so when he asked for a drink we decided to go there. The bar itself was only filled by female costumers, the TV playing Kpop-videos all night long and the three bartenders were handsome korean boys. Koh was the only male costumer and I was the only white girl in that bar (additionally behaving a little crazy due to all the kpop haha), but then that one bartender came to us and asked us for our drinks. I ordered and ‘Orgasm’ (we laughed our asses off, the both of us really couldn’t stop laughing about it the whole night, obvious why, isn’t it?). I loved it, it was so sweet and milky, yummy! Suddenly our bartender started talking to us in english and I could’ve melted right away, his british accent. Never had it been this sexy. (haha) It somehow turned out that we stayed all night until closingtime at 5am, drinking and talking and laughing and singing. We really had a great time, but it really was time to go home, we both were very tired. Taking the long journey to the station, we waited for the train to bring us to Shinjuku where we parted ways, saying our ‘goodbye’s and ‘thank you’s, before each going to our respective trains. Coming home I brushed my teeth and went to bed. The following day was spent quietly.

An exhausting week of work followed after, barely leaving anytime to sick back and relax. Though, time flies by in a rush and before I could realize it was already friday again and I found myself at gamuso, like every so often. I never really go there to get drunk or party, but rather to enjoy a drink or two over several hours and the conversations that come along with it. Normally there’s always at least one I could talk to for hours – and that is actually always the case. Sadly, I couldn’t stay for too long before retreating home at 3o’clock – I had a date the following afternoon.

Saturday I got ready, dressed up a bit and got on the train, my journey that day taking me to the lovely city Yokohama. Some weeks earlier I had met a guy and he offered me to show me around Yokohama so we did just that, taking a little walk around, buying a coffee and doing some window-shopping. Slowly it grew dark and we got hungry so we moved towards the restaurant street in Yokohama, picking a japanese-korean yakiniku restaurant. (Yakiniku is raw meat served, which you stake yourself on an instabled grill in the table, lot’s of fun I tell you!) Another specialty, and my first time using, were the metalchopsticks, which are usually used in Korea. It grew late and I had to catch the last train after having an awesome and eventful day in Yokohama, definitely worth a visit!

Sunday morning I got up early to take a tour to Harajuku, for I heard that Simon and Martina (Eat Your Kimchi, a K-pop related vlog) were suppossed to be there. When I reached there I wandered the streets, saw new small shops, the high class shops of gucci and the likes along the streets down to Omotesando, but I really couldn’t find these two. So in the end I left Harajuku after 2hours without accomplishing my goal and went home again for a nap, though that nap never happened. In the evening I had an appointment with a girl I had met the weekend before. She is korean, her name Seon Ok and she had invited me join her for worship service with african food and stuff earlier that day, but I had skipped in favor of meeting my two idols. But I had promised her to come by in the evening, so we met up and went to church where she introduced me to some of her friends and we had dinner together. After that we read a little book about letting god into your life and then I went home. I don’t believe in god though, not the tiniest bit.

The week went by silently, work filling the time entirely, until wednesday evening rolled in, the night before my birthday. It was nothing special at first, I just stayed in my room before I went downstairs to brush my teeth and get ready, but Agustin stopped me and we had some minutes of talk, really nice. Still I wanted to go to bed early to save some spare time in the morning for opening the presents, so I took off to my room at 23:30. Just when the clock hit 12, a knock sounded at my door. I opened the door and outside stood an Agustin with a small present in his hands. Opening it, a pair of beautiful Chopsticks came into view, but another present showed up from behind his back and opened that one, too – a new pair of headphones, but the big, expensive ones! Awesome! After that he wanted me to open my other presents but I said I couldn’t. Though he stayed persistent so I agreed on opening the present of my best friend. Wrapped in a silver glittery box was my belated christmaspresent, a dinosaursweater and golden cookies, my birthday present was a small cute book of a comicbook and a beautiful handmade necklace! She never fails to surprise me and get me the best! I really miss her, already looking forward to meeting you again darling! :* Finally giving up though, Agustin congratualated me a little bit more before we both went to bed, it had already grown pretty late.

Thursday morning I woke up a my already opened presents and another unopened box from my mom and my little sister! Happily I placed the box in my lap and carefully opened it, bringing a bag, a letter from my little sister and sweets to light. I’ve been using that bag ever since and the letter nearly made me cry. Such an emotional ball of feelings I am. Using my birthday as an excuse I dressed up really well, and went to work. I halfexpected us to go out for lunch somewhere and have a nice time somehow, but lunch finally rolled around – nothing happened, I just went downstairs to the conbini and bought lunch myself. The day went on as every other day did, stuffed with work here and studying pressed into the gaps. Though of course I got a lovely birthday call from my mom and my bigger sister! We had a small chat, exchange news and the growing excitement of my sister’s visit next week (can’t wait to show her around). Anyways, I didn’t stay late on purpose, I was just really idling around here and there, but when I finally wanted to leave, Tetsuo-san beckoned me to stay some more minutes and it finally dawned on me – a surprise dinner at the company. Though what really came had me stunned. Fujie-san took me downstairs to the conbini to buy some alcohol for every one and when we came back upstairs the others had shoved two tables together and gathered the chairs around them. I helped with unpacking the food Micchan and Munakata-san got – delicious Sushi, chicken and beef on potatosalad, some Salad as side dish, YUM! The cherry on top – or should I say the Strawberry on top? – was a beautiful strawberry-cream-shortcake! With a chocolateplate and my name written on it, candles and oh my it was so beautiful and delicious! Suzuki-san lit the candles so I could blow them out, I think they even sung for me, oh what lovely co-workers! After the song I blew out the candles and made a wish. We all sat down, they gave everyone their piece of cake and we started digging in. All in all it was a really nice evening, at times a little awkward because japanese people really aren’t the most talkive person on earth, especially if they have to speak english, but it all worked out somehow and everyone enjoyed theirselves! And even though this was my first birthday away from home and I expected it to be nothing special this year, I was so positively surprised and really happy with my birthday that I can proudly say that it was one of my favourites! (:

The day after was friday so it was only natural to go out and celebrate, but since my official birthdayparty would be the following day, I just went out to Gamuso and had a beer or two, had some seriously nice chat’s with the guys and a shot, pretty nice evening I would say. That night I didn’t stay out for too long and went home to take a serious rest to prepare for my actual party. I got ready for the night and then everything started crackling and crumbling again. I missed my train in Asagaya and we were supposed to meet in Shibuya 15min later, so I changed trains in Nakano Sakaue thinking it would be faster, when it actually took up even more of my precious time. So in the end I came late by 30min, nobody was there, so I waited but then I had to pick up Koh at the Station again so I went there and waited for a little more than 30min before Koh found me, when in fact I was supposed to find him. He did the same ‘mistake’ I did on New Years Eve though. We went back to where I was supposed to meet Keigo and the others, all in all an hour and 45min late. Through Koh I was luckily able to contact Keigo so he picked us up and we went to Izakaya, though Saza and Keigo had to leave soon after to go and prepare for later, since they DJ’d that night. Our group of Kaname, Flora, Koh, Me and a friend of Saza’s followed soon after, only Lulu, a girl I had met that night for the first time, couldn’t join us, which made me sad, because she really seemed to be nice and interesting! Either way, we left for party and it was an awesome night, meeting new and old friends, good music made by my friends and a good atmosphere! I didn’t drink that much that night, it was good the way it was. Around 5o’clock the party ended, yet nobody wanted to go home really, so we went to afterparty and i was still alive and kickin’, but the music at the place was so depressing somehow, I couldn’t move so we ended up leaving anyway and went to a more quiet place, which ended up being to sleepy and quiet. Koh and Saza’s friend opted for going home, while Keigo, Saza and me opted for looking for another place. Though, there was a difficulty standing in our way – Saza didn’t want to leave Shibuya, yet Keigo and me wanted to go to Yoyogi park since the weather was really nice and just perfect for a parkvisit (and I had to be there later anyways hehe). After walking around aimlessly, the clock had already past 11am and we were at the end of our creativity. Saza left us, thinking of taking at least a nap before his work started, so Keigo and me finally could leave for Yoyogi park – which turned out to be pretty, pretty windy, not cool. But the sun was really nice. Still, the wind picked up so much dirt and dust, throwing it around , Keigo was so annoyed that he thought of taking a walk to get a coffee in Harajuku to pass the time before Laura and P were coming, which I was supposed to meet that day. The walk somehow just was a walk. It is IMPOSSIBLE to get a place at a cafe – or a restaurant/breakfast for that matter – on a sunday midday in Harajuku, that is unless you want to queue for at least 1-1,5hours to get a place. But we still walked around, I saw new streets and shops of Harajuku again and somehow it expanded to a walk through parts of Omotesando, which in fact is just a commercial area in Tokyo, the streets lined with designer brands such as Gucci, Burberry, Dior and the likes. Still in search of a small cafe we walked around the backstreets of Omotesando, but when we found nothing – or better, a place where you didn’t had to queue – we walked back through unknown backstreets of Harajuku, but we came back to our original place and found our way back to Yoyogipark easily. I’m a good guide and pathfinder ya’know? (haha) At the entrance Keigo bought us real awesome Takoyaki (Octopusbreadballs), since hunger was starting to bug us, and searched for a place to sit down and eat. After that we went around in search for our friends, we had just been on time, but when we didn’t find them at the spot we thought they would be and the rest of the park didn’t show any trace of them, we took a tour for the entrance area and there they were with their hoola hoops and a blanket. The park really is so nice and the tradition and japanese mind about going to a park that goes along with it, is just so amazing. Everyone goes there and just does their own thing, wether if it’s sports, picnic or dancing, yoga, go out with dogs (there is actually a little dogpark for puppies) and everything else you can think of, it really had me stunned. Anyways, not having a clue about their location, we headed back for the entrance area where we had seen a group with hoola hoop rings/wheels/whatever and there we found them. It was just due to our failing eyes that we didn’t recognize Laura or P. We joined them on their blanket, had some snacks before I mentally was ready to pick up the hoola hooping again after at least 3-4years. I looked so awkward and concentrated while trying that I unconciously made everyone laugh with my new move – the rocker-hoola-hooper, haha! It was really, really fun and even keigo tried and succeeded in letting it glide around his hips for about 3-4 times. Sadly it got pretty chilly really soon and we had to pack together again to leave, yet since P, Laura and me live in the same area we left together for Shinjuku and had a last beer together, enjoying a tad bit of girls talk. After that beer, we split up one more time before finally leaving for home. I went to bed at 7pm, thinking of getting back my beauty sleep I had lost the past night and I badly needed to survive work the next day.

Obviously, work started on monday and so it did on tuesday, with the little difference though, Tetsuo-san let me take off half the day, since I had a special visitor to greet. My former japaneseteacher from germany, Suzuki-san, payed a visit to her homecountry and we decided to meet up for a coffee. In the end we sat together for nearly 3 hours, discussed various things, from japanese culture to future and everything else there is. The time flew by and it was already time again to take a leave for I had to get home and leave my things before a latenightvisit to Shibuya was calling for me. The reason? My friend Izumi, a quite famous singer, had a livestage in a bar in Shibuya, though finding that bar was so frustrating I nearly went home because I didn’t find it, but I did and had a nice evening, watching different liveacts perform a small piece of their talent, from various musicacts to entertainment in a musical way. And the last one was Izumi with her 3 guys playing guitar, drums and contrabass. It was a really amazing show and Izumi’s voice is pretty awesome too! It grew late and Laura, who had also been there the evening, and I had to leave, to catch the train before it got to late, yet we agreed on having a latenight beer at gamuso, just for the fun of it, sadly it didn’t turn out as nice as we wanted it to be, but shit happens. It was 1:30 before I even got home, but it didn’t change the fact that it had been a nice evening – on a weekday! Though that caused me to be late on wednesday for work, but I’ve grown accostumed to things here and i gradually improve at work! Wednesday went pretty normal, just like thursday, though thursday it was time to finally dye my hair again, Laura assisting me greatly. We had a nice beer at gamuso before going to her apartment, dyeing hair, eating chips while watching a nature documentory, later showing each other some new music stuff! It was a hilarious evening, yet with a late goodbye again, but nevermind, life is too short to be boring!

I came home late as already hinted, and a normal friday of work followed. Originally I had canceled all meetings with my friends to take it slow and calm once, but like everytime you plan on staying home and be boring, it doesn’t work. I’ve been curious about Kasumigaseki for awhile now, so that friday after work I went out to take a look, but what I saw didn’t come to my liking – an all boring working district, with barely any flashy lights, but all big boxes of buildings for governmental work and stuff. Yes, nice trip, but I walked around and took the next train to Akasaka Mitsuke, a district I’m passing everyday to work by train so I got curious of it too, because in the morning many people get of the train, so I assumed it had to be a big place, somehow at least. And I was right – a pretty big place with lots and lots of flashy advertisements for restaurants, but nothing I was searching for, so I continued to Shin Okubo to my favourite bar aside from Gamuso. Had a nice time there, too, but since I didn’t want to stay the night I left for the last train and it was pure chaos at Shinjuku Station. The whole platform, which is huge compared to other train station paltforms, was filled to the brim with people. Lucky me, there were two trains left and most of the people got on the first. When the train passed by, I saw so many pain filled, uncomfortable faces. Sometimes it really is horrible, especially when the train takes a sharp turn or the way is a little bit bumpy, you don’t stand a chance to stand still, you just fall and all the people around you, too. Either way, I stood still at the Station and had really luck, even got a seat after the first stop and had a nice ride back to Asagaya. (on a little sidenote: Did you know that there are around 2Millions of people passing Shinjuku Station per day? That makes it the busiest trainstation of the world!) 1am is definitely way to early to go to bed on a friday night and considering Gamuso is located just next to the station it is obvious I went there, though, like always, I only planned to look by for a small chat and/or a beer, yet I ended up leaving around 4am again. On the other hand, there were some interesting people there and I had to catch up with Eric a bit, i hadn’t seen him for yeeears. That night I also got invited to dinner the next day and a shoppingtour at Harajuku, too! With that in mind I went home to catch at least a tiny wink of sleep, we had made up to meet in Harajuku at 1:30, so not that much sleep left for me.

the next morning I woke up, got ready and left for Harajuku – a typical Harajuku-style-outfit on of course including my brand new lovely heels (oh how i love them). The friend who invited me was peter and he also invited Peewee, our beloved bartender, because he had gotten a familysale coupon from work for the Ralph Lauren Outlet and since white people all belong to one family for asian people he took us there. What we found there had us speechless. I mean I knew it’s an expensive brand and all, but not THIS overpriced, aside from that fact, they didn’t even have clothes which looked worth that money. In the end we walked around only to play ‘guess the price’. All I found appealing were 2 blazers, 1 in the kids section for 40.000¥(around 400EU) and a blazer for women with 177.000¥ worth (around 1770EU), ok, plus 70% family sale, but still, I wouldn’t spend money on something this ugly. Nevertheless it was a fun 2 hours we spent there, mostly making fun of the stuff and each other. To get back to earth and represent ourselves right we went to McDonalds for lunch, since neither of us had really had breakfast, even less lunch. There we felt at home – at least more than in a high class outlet. After that delicious, exquisite lunch we split up to go back home, though 3 hours later I met up with Peter again, this time 2 of his friends on his side, for he had invited them over to lunch, but didn’t want to be the third wheel with a couple around. He conjured some fine dinner, backed chicken wrapped in ham, salad and risotto, for desert a marzipan tarte with almonds. Great! I ate so much it hurt afterwards, but after said dinner it was still early and his sharehouse a little boring so we decided to go out again – Kichijoji (which seemed a bit unappealing, because Peter’s flatmate had just told us that there was a person stabbed to death 2 days before) or Asagaya. The outcome was obvious and so the found us a little beerbar in Asagaya for a special beer, before going back to Gamuso. I nearly collapsed when I saw the two kids running around, one, because they were just 3 and 6 years old and in a bar with people drinking and smoking and two, because they were so incredibly cute, I really wanted to kidnap and cuddle them soooo so badly! KYA! But I at least got a picture with each of them! That night didn’t go any different than other nights at Gamuso, but I thoroughly enjoy just plain conversations with people while having a beer, some quite music and a cigarette, for me there is nothing more relaxing anf fun than this! Yet, like every night, this one turned into a long night, too, and once again I had to get up early. This time for church the next morning.

You heard right, I went to worship in a japanese-korean-african church and even made a new friend, who is just like me and even a year younger! Wow! The worship itself made me just open my eyes, that god is not in my life, neither is Jesus, but it’s always nice listening to people sing, so I really enjoyed that part. Later we, as in Natasha, Jisu, Sunok and me, went out to have a coffeebreak before they sent me home, I was soooo tired. Coming home I only thought of laying in my bed, happy that I could spend at least some hours in the confines of my room.

One calm week of work followed, before the last weekend arrived. On friday Keigo and Saza were DJ’ing at ‘the pink cow’, another music and arts bar, but in Roppongi. Before that took place, I had invited Keigo to dinner, though I wanted to eat at a korean dinner place, we ended up in a Yakiniku place and had a realxing start into the weekend with lots of good meat! Later we took the train together to get to Roppongi, where we met some friends, had a nice time, and some nice chats. I met the Beatbox Boys again from last time and they were awesome! The whole night went on, but since nobody could decide on what to do I stayed and eventually missed the last train, accompanying the others into a Roppongi club – nothing you ever want to experience. It’s the same american chart hit shit they play in every club, with the exception that parties there start normally around 4-5am or only in high class places – and that club I went to already wanted to have a 1500¥(15EU) for a SMALL drink. Soon our group decided to move to Shibuya where Kirin, a friend of mine and Keigo’s DJ’ed that night, only that half our people left. At the end it was only Keigo, Tsuzumimaru (a guy from the beatboxer group) and me left, but we rocked the party – more or less, I was pretty tired. That made me leave pretty early and still I only got to bed at 6:30am, getting up at 11 again for lunch with Sunok and Jisu, or more a cup of coffee a small sandwich. The two told me about the korean worship they were going to later and since I love korean and everything related to it I joined them. Listening to koreans sing is heaven, it was really so awesome, though the pray part was boring, especially since I didn’t understand a word and had Jisu translate everything for me. The worship ended and I took my leave for Harajuku and then Shin Okubo, doing some last minute shopping at the HyakuYen shop and searching for a present for Agustin, his birthday threatingly near. That evening I actually spent at home doing whatever and probably staying up late again, but the next morning I could sleep in, only that it didn’t really work out. Waking up at 11am is definitely too early when I get the chance to sleep in so I turned around and fell asleep again until 1pm, getting up to write this text here. Around 4pm I got down, already so many people in the house – sunday was the curry party for Agustin’s birthday and I was about to get ready for it. Lena, Naoki, Eri and Mariko had already invaded our house and cooked the curry, prepared some fresh, unfried springrolls and some salad. The rest of the time we spent chatting and joking around until Agustin was about to come in. That’s when we dashed upstairs to hide while he slowly made himself at home and prepared for taking a shower. He was still inside his room when we sat down on the stairs and he was singing, so hilariously, so we couldn’t really hold it in and only moments later he came out, went by the stairs and when he saw us he got SO SCARED hahaha it was really fun. After that he started laughing and thanking us. He got into the shower and we put out the food and decorated the table. The evening started when he came out from the shower, smiling and laughing like a little kid from the overflowing happiness. He thanked us all at least a thousand times throughout the whole night, it was really nice to see him that happy, since he had been a little down the days before. We toasted and started the meal, delicious curry making it’s way down into our tummies. It went on like this, with light conversations and laughter filling the room. When we were finished with all the meals, even the chicken Naoki had later prepared for us, we began to play the game ‘Who Am I?’ and had ton’s of fun. Eventually we called it a night, work was waiting for everyone of us the next day.

Coming along with work on monday a more or less eventless week commenced, except for the fact that my older sister Kerstin arrived on Thursday at Narita Airport, where Tetsuo-san and I went to pick her up. Our funny adventure started on friday, after taking a good rest on thursday.

We got up early on friday to go to work, since I still had some open tasks to finish, yet when we came everyone was surprised that we actually came and wanted us to leave again to have some quality time exploring Tokyo. But we didn’t leave. Still they managed to get us to go out to Yushima shrine around the corner, which already was a small discovery and we came back to the company just in time for the Yakult-girl to come. Later Tetsuo-san invited us and my co-workers to lunch – some delicious, traditional nigiri-sushi and misosoup. Kerstin said it had been the best sushi she’s eaten so far – of course, it’s japanese sushi – but it’s still a bit of relieve actually hearing it. After lunch we went to a small exhibition about some kind of origami (the art of ‘folding paper’) and went back to work. Tetsuo-san asked Micchan and Fujie-san to take us out and show us around Asakusa, a very old fashioned part and famous for it’s tourists and traditional merchandise, sold at small booths lining the roads. It’s also very near the Tokyo Skytree and Asahi Beer Tower (which is actually supposed to look like glass full of beer). We spent 2 hours there, walking around, getting asked questions by grade schoolers, buying some postcards etc and having fun. Of course Micchan and Fujie-san had to return to work later and so we rode back and split up at the crossing near Akihabara. That was one shock for her, going through the loud and flashy streets, filled with Otaku’s (Nerds) and Maid’s and the mass of people in general – all that on her second day in Tokyo. But our actual goal was just to grab a coffee and take some time off for the moment so we sat down in a starbucks and enjoyed ourselves, observing various people walking by and talking about the first prominent impressions. Following the coffee, we took a walk through the department store we were in, bought some necessities and socks and went on to go to a game arcade, that was fun! Got a new Alpaca (named Ace, insider though) and he’s a lovely pillow! Later that evening I took her out to Gamuso for a supposed to be Karaoke night, though everyone got something to do last minute, yet we still had nice conversations with lovely people and I could show her that I’m taking care of very well here by amazing people.

Yesterday we had to get up fairly early, at 10am, to meet up with Sunok and Jisu at the church for they had organized some kind of lunchtable at their church under the topic of ‘Food from all around the world’ (which ended up being 4 very asian dishes) but it was still nice and we had a cheap lunch, Kerstin met my church-friends and she could take a look at how a korean worship looks like.One part was really painfully boring, the other was a fun experience, all in all a long trip to church. After that we decided to go and have an ice cream and later took the train to Yotsuya, a station I always cross on my way to work, and had a look and walk around there. An hour or two later it drove us back home to have a small rest before running into the next adventure called ‘Shibuyaaaaa’ for a birthday party at a small standing bar.It was a little bit messed up,Keigo wanted to pick me up at the station in Shibuya because I couldn’t remember the way to the bar, but he wasn’t there when we arrived so we ended up taking a walk around Shibuya before I opted for an internetcafe to contact my friends and look it up on google maps. After thatI found the bar easily and the party could go on! I greeted everyone and introduced my sister, too. She seemingly had a lot of fun with everyone, though starts are always a little rough, even here, but in the end everyone was pleased to meet her and they all left a good impression on Kerstin – once again I could prove her that good people are watching over me. The night at the small standing bar ended a little abruptly, because we had to hurry a little to catch one of the last trains, so sadly it meant good bye, too. Since  the metro stops earlier then the JR-line we got of in Asagaya, near Gamuso and went there for one beer and a nice chat before leaving for home, it was already late enough. Suming up the night we walked home in a comfortable atmosphere, reaching home in a good mood. Sleep came easy last night and there was no appointment chasing us up early this morning, so we just stayed in and lazed around, doing some laundry and I finally got to finish this huuuuge Blogupdate.

I hope you had your fun with it and enjoy the following Pictures I have in store for you (look below please). Now we’re off to watch some movie and then go to bed for work tomorrow. See Ya’ll guys~

 

 

More on a sidenote, I got this lovely little selfwritten Poem from my Stepdad. Have a look!

 

there once was a wee girl called Anna , who went all the way to Japana, At first the blogs were aplenty, but after some weeks the blog box was empty ! Oh , when will we get another blog from Anna in Japana?..

A whole week to tell – No, make that two

A warm hello to everyone again!
So far I still haven’t experienced something bad, my life here is wonderful, there is nothing I could complain about (except for work, but I think that’s something everyone would like to do). Up until now I’ve learned a lot and I’ve already grown familiar with most things here, I really feel at home. Either way, Some things have happened again since you last heard from me, so I will gladly tell, what exactly happened during the past week.

Wednesday was just as uneventful as the day before, just the daily routine of going to work early and coming home late. Thursday on the other hand was of course filled with work, I still had some research to do, but in the evening I couldn’t hold out for any longer. I had read that one blogpost of Shin Okubo, a part of Tokyo near Shinjuku and that is where I found my infinite heaven – Shin Okubo is know as the K-Town of Tokyo. Many koreans live there and for me as a crazy K-Pop-fangirl there couldn’t be anything better than this. Originally I planned on going the sunday before but the snow and Agustin came in my way so I had to save it up for another day. Thursday my patience ran thin so I just got off my usual subway in Shinjuku on my way home and took the JR train to Ikebukuro and got off just the next Station. At first I was a  little lost, not that much korean stuff, korean pop even less, but the best way to get familiar with an area is to just stroll around and that’s exactly what I did. Crosing the street and going down it again the way I came from I went by the station and passed under a bridge and the first thing that greeted me on the other side was a K-Pop store, blasting various TV-programs, lots of calenders and musicalbum, uncountable merchandise in different variations. And that was only the first store, far away from the other, even bigger ones. Anyways, you can’t pay with credit card, nowhere and that I learned in the first store already after having picked lots of stuff, I just couldn’t resist. So after spending around 45min in that one store I left, kind of hurt, because I couldn’t buy anything, but either way, just continued along the way. Some shops sold clothes and jewelry worn buy K-Idols, the other ones had cellphone straps, all kind of merch and all CD’s you could think of, actually everything you could think of, then there were lots of cosmetics shops, because korean people are addicted to make up, and to top it all of, of course, every single shop blasted full out K-Pop, and with every shop I passed, my heart exploded anew. I started dancing (or more like dancing for myself, just hinting at the dancesteps), singing, ogling at all the screens showing my lovely idols. And besides that I didn’t even do much in Shin Okubo, I just walked around and still my heart felt so at ease (actually in pain from all the heartfluttering), though I actually went groceryshopping in a hyakuen conbini before I went home.  My bed was waiting for me at home and I was happy I could just fall ontop of it and cuddle in to my sheets.

When I woke up on friday, it was the same as always, getting up for work early and I’ve actually started improving my sickness of coming late. Anyways, since it was friday, I was especially eager to get work done  to finally start into my weekend. I left my workplace and originally I wanted to go home and then meet up with a guy I met on New Year’s day at the Meiji Jingu Shrine, but since we had placed our meeting in Oshiage, a part I had never been to before which is located in east Tokyo, I thought it wouldn’t really be efficient to go home and so I started my way to Ueno, one of the bigger districts here in Tokyo, on my way t to Oshiage.  It was my first time in Ueno and I didn’t think it was that big and impressive but when I arrived there, it indeed was, but still had this cozy feeling about it. Strolling around for some time, I just passed the time, taking in the beautfiul sight and atmosphere of a friday evening in Ueno. Somewhere along the lines I found myself in that really crazy shop and even bought some presents, I’m going to send a package soon again! After I left that shop I realized it was time for me to head back to the station to set off Oshiage, and so far it was ok. Getting on the train to Asakusa I drove there, to change trains so I would reach Oshiage, but then it hit me. I had mistakenly gotten on the wrong train – a limited express train to Narita at that. When I realized what had happened, I was already late by 10minutes and had been on the train for 20minutes by that time. I got off the following station and took the next train back, but sadly I couldn’t go back to Asakusa, but only back to Ueno. Arriving in Ueno it was already 21:15 and it would take me 15more minutes to arrive in Oshiage, and another trainticke. Considering I hadn’t much money left and the fact that by the time I would arrive at our meeting I would be 1hour late and wasn’t even sure he would still be there, I decided to take the next train home and contact him as fast as I could. So I did, went home, contacted him and layed in bed for about 1-2hours before I remembered that I still had the pictures at gamuso I had to pick up. That led me to take up a new journey at 12am for gamuso and some shopping. It was the same as always, awesome. Everytime I go there I meet so many new and super kind people, sit there for hours sipping my beer and talking talking talking, making new friends. First I got hit on by an elderly man, but thanks to P, a girl from new zealand, and her cockiness we kind of shooed him away. P is such a cool girl and really fun, she was a little drunk that night but nevertheless still so cute, asking me if she could consider herself my ‘bigger sister’ here in Japan to take care of me in times of need and help. Since she had to work the day after she left about 1-2 hours after I had arrived and not even 10minutes later I found a new guy sitting beside me, this time a 45year old business man (how many different kinds of people suddenly show up at gamuso) and gosh was he funny. First he had a long talk with the bartender PV and since the people on the other side were talking japanese I just listened to their conversation and later was left alone with him, so we started a nice chat.  Getting to know each other better, we talked on and on, occassionally slipping in compliments (which is the most common thing here, at least if you’re not japanese) we gave each other high five and high ten all the time, laughing like a mad man, later Aya, the japanese girl sitting next to me joined in and so many things happened. It was just so fun with all the people around. The night went on, until suddenly all realized that it was already 4:30 and it would be time to finally close up. I just sprinted upstairs and grabbed my pictures and left together with Aya and Daisuke, her friend and not the one I’ve met there before. I went straight home with my groceries and pictures and went to bed, falling asleep after another hour of reading or so, it was late enough anyways.

Since the night before had been a tad bit long I slept until 12pm (quite early for me actually), but I still stayed in bed, reading reading and some more reading, until I finally had enough and moved downstairs to put my laundry into the washing machine. I prepared some food, went cleaning in my room while waiting for the food to get ready and after about 30-45minutes I went downstairs again, put my laundry into the dryer and took my food upstairs. Sitting down on my bed I slowly ate away at my rice while reading, until it was time for me to finally start getting ready for the evening. Last weekend we had agreed on going out to party some because Saza and Flora each had their friends and wanted to celebrate that. We agreed on meeting up at 9pm in Shibuya, though Keigo asked me if I wanted to join him for his stage at ‘the pink cow’ in Roppongi at 8pm and so I did. Leaving the house around 18:50 to meet up with him at 19o’clock. First we took the subway to Nakano-Sakaue, a bigger district between Asagaya and Shinjuku, where we then changed trains to Roppongi. We came there around 7:45pm and searched for the bar, hosting a party where Adam, one of our friends, did the organization. Going up to him we said our hello’s and he was standing in a crowd of japanese guys and a girl (which I had already met at gamuso, yeah the world is a village haha). I introduced myself to the other 3 guys and one of them could even speak very good english, so we ended up in a somehow very weird, sweet and funny conversation, while Keigo was DJ’ing. Sento, the englishspeaker was asking me things and everything I said was translated by him so the others could understand, too, they even asked him how to say some things in english so they could ask me themselves and they were just so cute, but the first thing they did, was actually ask me if they could get a picture with me. Mami, the girl asked first and then one by one they each got one and in return I wanted to take a picture of the 4 of them. Later they even told and demonstrated me that they were beatboxers – and very talented ones at that! I was sooo so awestruck, they were amazing! Sento was a cool dancer at that, and Adam, too! Hell, all the people here are so talented and impressing, really inspiring for me! But soon after it was time for Keigo and me to go, since we had promised to meet with the others later. Keigo payed for our taxi to Shibuya and we went to izakaya (it actually just means ‘bar/comfortable bar’ and you often use that word to say that you go out with your friends, nice word!) and he had to put up with my hyperactiv persona, because for some reason I was so bouncy and happy and just full with positiv feelings. Running around and up and down, we found the others soon enough and not even 5minutes later our first beer arrived. The table was surrounded by Flora and her best friend, Kaname, Jimmi, Saza, Francois and Saza’s friend and Jimmi’s friend and of course, Keigo and me. We sat there and slowly zipped our beer, talking and laughing until our reservation time was up and we continued our little party at a very, very stuffed, small bar only a 5minutes walk away. There we had some delicious sake, met more people, made new friends, shot lots of pictures and just had a huge amount of fun. After that small preparty we started heading to the club – but not without taking a purikura before. Saza, one of my friends, is obsessed with puri’s and I’ve actually grown to love them too. Finishing with the puri’s, we finally went to a club, a really extraordinary club decorated with mirrows all over the walls and fashionistas running around. To explain that, there were guys walking around on high heels, girls with all possible haircolours and people wearing costumes, many foreigners at that. As drunk as we were, we had a lot of fun, but that rapidly became very tiring so I took the first train home with lauraand got home around 6am or something. Ugh, coming home I only knew how to fall into bed and sleep. It didn’t even take me five minutes to get off my clothes.
As expected, I only laid in bed the following day since I was a little bit… sick, you could say.

On monday I went back to work, having an english lesson in the morning. For lunch the whole class including me went out, I had requested ‘Ton Katsu’. And it was so delicious! Actually the whole japanese cuisine is great and healthy, though it takes some time to get used to the completely different taste and cooking style, but once you have got used to and figured out your favourite dishes it’s amazingly delicious! Other than that there wasn’t much happening at work. At home on the other side, I had a nice evening together with Yuya-san, Eri-san and Agustin. We sat there and watched TV, ate dinner and had some ice-cream. But the evening had to turn for the worse, unfortunately. I had somehow come across a post regarding k-pop and it devastated me to no end, what fans could do to their loved ones, their idols, I can’t understand and will never. It was just plainly gross. Somewhere along the post we all bid our goodnights, all wanting their privacy for once after a hard day of work, so I went up to my room and tried to somehow comprehend the information that had just flooded my mind, going to bed with an uneasy feeling.

Tuesday, as usual, I went to work, quite an uneventful day for me, the only good thing was my gyudon dinner, so good!
Wednesdaywas a lot more fun! Going to work, I had my first lunch-english-lesson where everyone told me what they had done the past days and what they had for plans. After we finished, we all went back to work and soon it was time for me to go home again. When I came home, Agustin was sitting in the livingroom playing with his computer and since I was hungry I cooked some noodles for dinner for myself. Yuya-san came home just a little later, ate and then went upstairs again and somehow Agustin got the idea to order pizza – which is freaking expensive. There was this ‘buy 1 get 2’ offer, but without ordering, so we all – Agustin, me and Yuya-san since we asked him to order for us – went to get the pizza. Total cost for 1 pizza + 1 free: around 40-45€, it was a large one but it still leaves you gawking at the price. Here in Japan you actually go to Pizza Hut or Kentucky Fried Chicken to celebrate something, the latter is especially popular for christmasdinner and costs about the same. Anyways, we went back home and had some awesome second dinner: delicious pizza! The first pizza I’ve had for 3 months now and I was actually craving for it the last weeks. That night didn’t go on so much longer since it was already late when we came back home. I went to bed around 12am.

The following day was another uneventful day of work until went home. I had appointed a meeting with Agustin at 7o’clock to go shopping, we had thought of making gnocki and it was actually my first time eating them. We went to the hyakuen conbini on our way home and bought all the necessarry items for our cooking session that was to follow. It was indeed a very fun night, we prepared the gnocki and Agustin prepared a simple yet delicious sauce, heating it in a pan and adding some chicken I had left in the freezer. Yuya-san came home later on and we invited him for some gnocki and he happily joined us. Time passed and Yuya-san went upstairs for bed, as I did, going to sleep soon after.

Friday came around pretty fast, going to work, only to hope that the day would pass fast and it did after some long hours in the morning. I left work on time, because I had made up with Kilin, or Yu-chan a guy I had met 2 weekends ago, to meet up with me at 6pm at the Ochanomizu Subaywaystation. Since some birthdays are to come around soon I wanted to go presentshopping in Shibuya and Harajaku with Yu-chan before meeting up with Saza and the others later in Harajuku. Saza had asked us out for some Okonomiyaki, better known as ‘japanese pizza’ which is actually more of an omelett than pizza, but very tasty nevertheless. The place he took us to was amazing, kind of hidden in the darker streets of Harajuku, but lovely to no end. The small passage down to the actual restaurant was decorated by crazy, colourful paintings, only to continue in the restaurant itself. For Okonomiyaki you sit at a table with cookingplate intigrated into the table. So there we sat, Saza, Flora, Estelle, Christofer, Kaname, Yu-chan and me, ordering an ‘all-you-can-eat-and-drink’ menu. The dish itself consists of cabbage, flour, water, an egg as a base, you can add everything else like mushrooms, cheese, meat, just what you want. Our buffet only left us with one additional ingredient, but since we could order more it wasn’t so bad. The oOkonomiyaki we got, was served in a metalbowl, the ingredients in layers in it. We had to mix it thoroughly before putting the mixture onto the cookingplate in front of us, waiting, drinking, talking, before turning the ‘pizza’ around and steaking it on the other side, while putting on a special sauce with a brush, then adding fish- and noripulver. Last but not least to finish it off, you put on mayonaisse (japanese people are ibsessed with mayo!). This all takes quite some time, but it pays off, definitely, because it’s so tasty, not fatty at all and very healthy! Am definitely trying to make some when I get back home, an easy vegetarian dish if you don’t add meat. Somehow time flew by and we had to pay, drinking the last bit of our drinks and then leaving for the trainstation, but before we even arrived there, Saza somehow found a Purikurastore and of course we had to take some! They turned out pretty well and they are just so fun everytime. After that we went to the train, driving to Shibuya for one more hour, going to a game arcade together before taking the last train home. That night I just fell into my bed again and slept.

When I woke up on Saturday I took it slowly, taking a shower and getting my laundry done before leaving for Shin Okubo to do some more presentshopping, which took me about at least 3 hours and I really couldn’t resist buying some things for my own, MY FIRST THREE KPOPCD’S! Yes, finally. But besides walking around Shin Okubo, I didn’t do a thing, just went home and started writing this, reading some fanfics occasionally, but nothing out of the ordinary. That night I got message from Christofer, asking me if I wanted to join him for the final day of the season’s Sumofight in Ryogoku, just before I went to sleep.

Since I went to bed early I woke up in time and overnight I had decided I would want to join Christofer, so I wrote him and we made up a time and place we could meet at, so far so good, I got ready on time, left my home in time and was there on time until it hit me that the Station had 5 exits – which was the one he took? Surely not the first time this had happened and learning from earlier experiences I just got going, hoping I would find him somewhere along the way. Half an hour later I actually did, after I had rounded the whole place – which was huuuuge, like the sumowrestler, hehehe – twice and went back to the only place I hadn’t looked at yet, I ran into him, or more like he ran into me. Either way, being late already we decided to just head for the place already to buy tickets. When we actually arrived there, we saw that the tickets were already sold out, unlucky us. It was kind of sad, since I had mentally prepared myself and built up a little anticipation to watch the Youkuzuna (Champion) win that last final day and get praised, but we couldn’t do anything to get in so went to eat something, we were nearly starved to death! We found a nice little place which sold soups and gyouza, so we each bought one, a huge one we learned later on and sat there, talked and ate. Thinking of what to do with the day since it was only 3pm, we decided to go for Hamatsucho, a popular place in the harbour area of Tokyo, not so crowded and not so many shops, but a very amazing scenery and we luckily came there just as the sun began to set. We walked around watching the eastsky turning from lightblue to pink and purple until it was darkblue and at some point we stopped and looked at the water lined with skyscrapers at the other side of the coast, an especially bright, orange-ish rooftop grabbing my attention and guess what? It was the moon, huge and orange, only half visible and he looked like a round rooftop of a modern building, but standing there at that spot, we quickly noticed how he slowly rose, growing smaller in size and less colourful, yet still so breathtakingly beautiful. Due to the coldness creeping into our close quite fast, we reluctantly continued our little stroll to the next trainstation and took the next train to the next bigger station, where we both parted ways, Christofer was on his way to Yokohama to visit some friends and I drove to Shinjuku then continued to Harajuku for a quick look around, still some minor presents missing. Not wanting to stay for too long, I just rushed through the streets, occasionally taking a look into a store. This really saved me some time and I got home quite early, considering it was a sunday out for me. After coming home I just continued writing this blogupdate and read some more before going to bed.

Monday was once again just a normal day at work, except for the japanese english entranceexam for university from 2012 that i got from Tetuo-san to solve, so he could test my knowledge. My score? 94%! And I got praised by Tetsuo-san, a good pluspoint! After that I went home, actually I was already due, so going home seemed more than just appealing, even more so since I was deadtired and I always get grumpy, unsocial and unmotivated when I am. Agustin had to feel it yesterday night, but nevermind.
Today is tuesday and I just sat at work, doing some minor jobs for the others and studying some more, I feel it getting very difficult. I should maybe start revising, would be a start at least. Maybe I should stay in this weekend and study.

 

Anyway, I think now you got a good insight into what I’ve been up to the last 2 weeks, savour it. (haha) Considering I took so long for this update, I don’t want to make any promises, because I hate to break them, I’ll just go with see you, but don’t expect any update from me too soon, it all depends on what I’ll do and how busy I’ll be. I’m a busy buddy ya’know? ;D

See you sooon~ (hopefully!)

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Idol Park in Shin Okubo

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Nightview from the Ochanomizu bridge

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Ueno

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The view through the hallwindow in my sharehouse

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Hoku, Tsuzumimaru, Sento and Mami in the middle

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The club

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Typical japanese sweet bread filled with sweet potato or bean paste

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My friends at the Okonomiyakiplace

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The table

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Okonomiyaki

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The painted walls

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The nearly full moon before going to Shin Okubo

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Shin Okubo (not the korean part)

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The sumoplace in Ryogoku

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The huge bowl of soup and gyouza

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Sunset in Hamamatsucho

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Opposite coast

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Buildings bathed in sunsetlight

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The fullmoon (it was A LOT more impressive in reality...)

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Huge bridge

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My first Ramen

Some bonding nights

Hello there!
It’s been a weekend, stuffed with lots of new people, bonding and new experinces. Since I felt kinda ill on thursday evening I thought that maybe sleeping a little longer on friday morning would make me feel a little better. So I got up 9o’clock and got ready to leave for work. Work on friday was really nothing big, in fact I didn’t do anything, because the others were busy with paperwork and there was nothing I could help with. For lunch I had some awesome japanese curryrice. Japanese curryrice is probably the best I’ve ever eaten. I left work at 7 o’clock and I was actually the first to leave, the end of the year, really seems to be very tiring. But I wasn’t on my way home, actually I had made an appointment with Koh, whom I got to know last weekend and it was a puuuuure mess, yeah? We made up to meet at Tokyo Central Exit and I thought it would be ok, because it’s not that hard to read a small map. I had actually never been to Tokyo Station before that except for the Shinkansenride to Koriyama and back home. So now I stood there at the exit from the subway at 19:25 – 5 minutes left – and no map whatsoever. Taking a random way, I somehow ended up walking the opposite direction and realised it when I came up to ground level and asked someone, who pointed into the direction I just came from. When I got to the Trainstation it was already 19:45 and I thought I had finally found the Central Exit, which on the other hand was blocked by a thousands of people – the elections taking places. A thing I haven’t talked about, is that Japan’s Primeminister retired some weeks ago and during my first weeks here there were lots of campaigns for the election day 16.12. So on friday the results were made public with a huge lightshow cast against the Marunouchi Central Entrance, though I couldn’t watch it because I still was in a hurry. I waited for the whole thing to end, so I could look around the Central Exit, but I found no one and then I waited. Later I thought it would be pointless to wait, so I walked around, discovering my surroundings and Tokyo Central Station is like HUUUUUUGE, just as huge as Ikebukuro and Shinjuku (ok, I mean I’m in the worlds biggest urban city, why am I still surprised?). After strolling around aimlessly I found out that there is another Central Exit – the Yaesu Central Exit, attached to shopping passage of the Trainstation. I went around there, didn’t find him and I was so worried, and worst was, he couldn’T reach me, because I’m not available on my cellphone. It took us another 25minutes of searching, worrying and other feelings to find each other. You can’t imagine what relieve washed over me when I finally hugged him and could explain my misery, hoping to show him I never wanted to stand him up, oh I really felt so bad. Anyways, finally reunited, we made our way to a restaurant and that was easier said then done. Tokyo, rush hour, friday night – All things that didn’t play for us, but after going into the 3rd we got 2 places after waiting for maybe 5 more minutes. There are no words to describe how delicious it was, the feeling and the food were amazing. We both each got a little plate and many small dishes served, from radish, over cucumber to pork, chicken, beef , onigiri and various other typical japanese dishes. Sitting there, eating and talking about everything there is on the world, time flew by like sand runs through hands and it was already 23:30. Leaving we took a quick stop in the conbini above for some dessert and went to the Trainstation just some minutes away. Since my subwaytrain already had left, I took the Railwaytrain back, pretty convinient that there are two stations here. The train was ridiculously full, I think it was the last one, and one or two stops after I got on, it reminded me of this clown joke with the car and I promise it looked just like that. It was already quite crowded in the train, at one stop there wasn’t even one getting off and at that particular stop, there were especially many people waiting, about 30 or 40 people wanted to get on and I stood there at the doors watching how two by two people got into the wagon and it just wouldn’t stop. In the end I barely could stand, nearly sitting on the lap of a stranger and I clung to the bar for dear life, yet I couldn’t stop smiling and silently snickering to myself. It was too hilarious seeing everyone cramped into this small space, unable to move anything aside from their head, also this foreign feeling is quite enticing I think, but I’m sure I’m probably alone with that point of view. My way home was nice and quite, and I went to bed quite imidiately after opening the door to my room.

Saturday I stayed in bed until 17o’clock, where I left the house to do some grocery shopping in the shopping passage near the stations. Shopping here is really fun, but a little hard, especially milkproductes and stuff like that. I came back and Yuya-san was making dinner fo himself, so I asked him how to cook rice in the ricecooker and he did, after he finished his cooking I got to mine and prepared dinner for myself. He had already eaten up when I got ready, but we nevertheless stayed seated in front of the TV and had some nice little chat while watching TV, until Agustin, the guy from argentina came home around 23:30  and I just got a mail from Laura saying there was a birthday party at gamuso. So I asked Agustin if he wanted to join me and an hour later, after meeting the french guy, his name is Remy, and his korean girlfriend, we bid our goodbye’s and headed for the bar. We came there and it was just like last time, not even 5 minutes after coming into the bar we were already involved into deep conversations, laughing nonstop. It continued the whole night and we somehow ended up staying until 4:45am, but once again I won at least a hand full of new friends, this bar seems to be some kind of family and everyone is welcomed. Awesome feeling. We went home in a matter of 20 minutes and got to bed maybe 10 minutes later.
I slept until 3pm and even when I was awake I wasn’t able to pull up and get out of bed so I stayed in the whole day, lazed around and cleaned my room.
Tomorrow is Christmas and I’m meeting up with Laura and some of her friends, we are going ice-skating and out for dinner, a nice girls-night-out.

Merry Christmas, Kurisumasu Omedeto, Good Jul and Frohe Weihnacht. I wish you health, a nice day with your family and lots of presents!

See you in a bit!

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Tokyo from Marunouchi Central Exit

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My dinner

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The restaurant – it was so noisy, but that was actually appealing, it created an unique atmosphere

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Gamuso

Someone up for kaiten-zushi?

I got to work alone today, taking the railway for the last time for what I found later found out. Arriving at work around 10:45, I was there before Tetsuo-san and nevertheless got to work imidiately by helping Micchan repacking various boxes and sticking stickers to them, sometime during that work Tetsuo-san came and got very surprised. After finishing that, Micchan asked me to acconpany her to get our Obento we had ordered earlier. We got the 7 obento and misosoups and got back to the company for a nice lunch, only talking english. Getting back to work after lunch, I continued helping Micchan by sorting out damaged boxes and labelling the good ones. Clearing that task, I got to copy and paste 20 more googlepages for Fujie-san and that’s tiring as hell. The rest of the day I spent studying and listening to music a little, while the others worked hard, having a lot to do. Sometime during the day, Tetsuo-san asked me if it was ok for me to move tomorrow instead of saturday and i said ‘yes, why not?’. So fact is, due to complications at my current home, I learned on Sunday that I had to leave and my chances of staying in Japan for 7 more months was quite slim, because Tetsuo-san only looked for an apartment where I could stay for two month and that wasn’t my plan at all. So I searched for a host family and imidiately found a sharehouse in west tokyo for 50000¥ ~500€ a month, really cheap for tokyo standards! We looked at the room and I knew I wanted to have it. It’s small and cozy, I’m living together with 5guys – 1 each from france, italy, argentina, america and one japanese guy, all around 20-30 y.o. That’s going to be some fun! Haven’t even met them. The guy who showed us around the house was from poland, yet had already lived in japan for 5years and i was massively impressed by that. But I look forward to the exchange of information and stuff that’s waiting for me in my new home. Anyways, due to my moving tomorrow, Tetsuo-san decided to help me and drive me there by car, implying that we drove home together today. Since it was already quite late (and japanese people love to eat out) he asked me if I’d want to try some real japanese sushi. Many people don’t know, that japanese people don’t sushi that often, it’s actually a really expensive dish for people living. Of course there are some less expensive ones, but they also lack in quality. Still we drove to one kaiten-zushi restaurant in Chiba to have dinner. (Kaiten is the name for the famous rotating bar, where you can grab the sushi driving past you) And if you talk of sushi here, you mainly get nigiri (rice with fish/seafood, sometimes meat ontop), barely any maki (nori-rice rolls with filling). Quite the opposite to everywhere else. There were small 4seat-booths, on one side the treadmill transporting the different kinds of nigiri and maki, even drinks and desserts, a little faucet pouring hot water for instant green tea, some ginger and a box with chopsticks. On eyeheight there was a little computer where you could search for special dishes you wanted to have so you could order them without bothering anyone, very nice! We sat there and ate 8 plates full of sushi and an icecream for dessert. It was delicious to say the least, but sushi always makes so full, it’s somehow disgusting, but nevertheless worth it. We drove home and I got under the shower imidiately. After I came out I went to sit with Tetsuo-san and Emiko-san one last evening. Later I went upstairs to pack the last things here and there, so there’s only tomorrow left to come. I’ll sleep to make the time go by faster. Seeya’ll! ;3

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Kaiten-zushi

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Kaiten-zushi

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Our plates

A calm workday

Here I was again, getting up around 8o’clock to accompany Tetsuo-san to work. We left 8:55 and had a calm, a little crowded trip to ochanomizu, but right on the highway to Tokyo I remembered that I had left my purse at home. Getting there around 10:15, I got some small job, just to help the others out. After that I once again had some copy and paste work to do – 10 pages worth of googleanswers, just the links though. Fujie-san wanted me to do it for researchpurposes. Having finished that I fooled around a little more before I went out to have lunch with Suzuki-san and Micchan. We went to a seafood restaurant Micchan favoured a lot and I got myself some bacon, rice, misosoup and other side dishes while the other took some fishbowl with sashimi and rice in big size. Like everything I don’t like much, it’s not that it tastes bad, but you need to know what to combine to make it taste good and my bacon wasn’t different. Though the problem was I had to stuff my mouth so full to my it taste good so that was barely able to chew, it was a little difficult. All three of us complained about being so full. Anyways, Micchan and I got back to the company alone, Suzuki-san wanted to buy something in Akihabara so he went over. We came in and Fujie-san asked me to copy and paste some more links and so i did 5 more pages. After that, I only studied a little more japanese before Tetsuo-san took me out to Minami Asagaya, a part of Westtokyo and a really nice living area, though it takes about 35min with the subway from Ochanomizu. He had some things to do, and after half an hour we rode back, getting to the company by 5:45PM, where we bought dinner in the convinience store beneath. The people left at work came together at the conferencedesk and had their obento for dinner, including nice talks and some learning for me. It was around 8:15 before I left the company to head home, taking two really delicious apples from fukushima with me. They really are awesome in taste! I came home 22:40 and directly went to bed, tired as hell and maybe a little ill. Good night to you, n seeyou!

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Lunch

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Yellow ginkotrees

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Ochanomizu and Sudobashi

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New monorail, really comfortable