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?..

My christmas days

Oh it has been quite some time, since I last updated, but I wanted to have some quiet days over christmas as well as leave you yours.
Either way, we’ll start on Monday, Christmas itself – at least for me, being the german I am. I had actually planned with to go out with Laura and her friends for some dinner and maybe a hostclub. She said they’ll start 3pm with some ice-skating and she wanted to contact me about where to meet for dinner, but when nothing came and it was already 7pm, I got fed up with waiting in my bed after I had actually showered and dressed up quite a lot, so I decided last minute to follow after my original plans for christmas eve – cinema. And not just any movie, but the new One Piece Z movie. I quickly searched for a cinema – which was actually really hard considering they rarely use any roman letters. Eventually I found one located in Roppongi, a posh and rich part of Tokyo, but it didn’t matter to me, because I had enough money and there was still plenty of time for me to get there. Roppongi itself oozes of this stuck up attitude, high buildings, many illumination, chicé restaurants and hotels and the people – which were actually purely couples, christmas eve or the whole christmas time in Japan is couple time and the only time in the year where everyone proudly showes of their relationship, kinda weird though. But no one can imitate the japanese in their illuminations, the Tokyo Tower was so beautiful, shining in rainbow colours, a small heart visible, too. Not even the couples were bothering me, because this atmosphere was just so lovely and peaceful. Anyways, I went to the cinema located about 5minutes from the metro station. Even though I just understood some minor words, the film was great and enticing, I had an awesome time and contrary to my prior worries I didn’t  regret driving there. Just as I came out from the cinema, my italian cohabitant saw me and we continued our way to the metro together. We actually hurried because the last train was leaving around that time (one of my prior worries), but luckily people living in Asagaya have two options on how to come home so we headed for Shinjuku to take the railway to Asagaya. We talked nicely, the trains were a little crowded but not comparable to the ride back home from Tokyo Station last week. Tamo showed me another shortcut, passing by a hyakuen shop for food and back home.
We went to bed not long after for we both had to work the day after. Yeah, exactly, in fact only the 23. of december is a national holiday, but since it fell on a sunday this year, people were granted with the 24 off work. Work started on the 25. again and so did mine. I went to work, had a boring and tiring day of helping out again, though a little present from Michan brightend my day, before I got a message from Laura saying they would meet up around  3:30pm. Sadly I had to decline, even the dinner because I was bound for some christmas-like-dinner with my co-workers around 18o’clock. It was a lovely, little, not so high-class restaurant where we ate fried chicken, fries, nabe, sashimi, salad and some yakitori. The funny thing about some restaurants here, is that you somehow pay for the time you are being there. So we had the room for 2 hours but could order drinks for free. We ordered beer and sake of course, drank and got a little drunk, thought the whole evening was shadowed by the early death of the daughter of one of my co-workers during the past weekend. When we were ready to leave, Munakata-san and Micchan left (without me really noticing) and we went back to the company to get my things I left there. We came back down and Tetsuo-san asked if we were up for some karaoke, but at the time we had found the nearest one by phone, he already had declined and bid his silent goodbye’s, though he had been down and seemed out of it the whole evening, probably because of the worry he felt for my coworker who lost his daughter. Tetsuo-san is a really caring and soft person even though he seems tough and positive on he outside.
Either way, we were only 5 left – Suzuki-san, Shingaki-san, Kawamoto-san and Fujie-san plus me. Everyone except for me was really a bit tipsy but in the mood for some karaoke and so we went on a 5minute walk to akihabara to the next karaokebar. They sure are impressing and really fun, but nothing like singstar if you’d thought of comparing karaoke to it. It’s actually rather hard and to find a song isn’t so easy either but once the mic’s on th fun starts. I really enjoyed my time there. 11pm was the time to stop, we all had a train to catch and a hard day of working waited for us in the morning. Tetsuo-san though went on holiday from the 26. to the 28. so I won’t see him for 2 weeks now.
Anyways, I came home and went to bed straight, only unpacking the lovely gift from Micchan, before waking up in the morning to go to another hard yet boring day of work. Nothing special happened at work, so I had planned to go out and around town after work to search for present fit for Micchan. First I went to Akihabara, doing some random looking around shops and later went into such a gamearcade, because I really wanted to try and I also saw a little, cute plushie that suited her perfectly. After finishing all the little errands I  took the train to Harajuku, for I wanted to do some strolling, getting to know the area and eventually searching for another little gift, but when I came there everyone shop was closing and I realized that somehow 2,5 hours had passed without me noticing at all. Luckily I still got a little insight and that already got me deep into shit – I’m sure I could shop myself to death in that district with the extravagancy of clothes, wasted youth style, pullover with wings, ripped or strick. Everything not normal, not cute, not feminine and I loved it. Definitely a part I’ll visit soon.
So my trip there ended quite fast, but it had the good point of me changing the trains in Shinjuku, where I had a little look at some hairbows and stuff which I originally thought for Micchan as a present. I got a small hairband with a flower on it and went home, straight to bed though I couldn’t bring myself to fall asleep. Still I got to work today, too, had some nice little chats with Micchan, gave her her belated christmaspresent and helped out with some minor work at work. Being a little tired, I went home straight and sat together with Yuya-san in front of the TV, having some dinner. Nothing exciting really, so now I’m going to bed. I hope you all had a some nice christmasdays, spent happily, peacefully and lovely with the family and that you got many presents. Also, have a good start into the new year – we didn’t die with the end of the maya calender so savour every moment and make the best of it! Maybe you’ll hear from me before new years eve, maybe not, depends but either way, lots of love and blessings for the new year~

Shi yuuu~ ;3

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Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

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Tokyo Tower Christmasillumination

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Tokyo Skyline from Roppongi Hills

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Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

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Tokyo Tower usual illumination

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Battery vending machine

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Part of our meal

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Nabe-rice and Udon (popular noodles, especially around New Year’s)

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View of Ochanomizu on a december day.

Hot springs are hot

Yay I’m back and since nobody knows where I went to yesterday, you can read about my adventurous trip to Fukushima today. Yeah Fukushima, but not in the very dangerous tone of the reactoraccident, but the city, 2 hours carride from the eastcoast. It is a very beautiful prefecture of japan, even in late autumn. Still, many foreigners wouldn’t visit it, because they are to afraid of getting sick or maybe even other reasons. Maybe I should explain my reasons of accepting to the trip to let people get another view into this matter. First one is clearly the probably most important rule here in Japan – you don’t say no. And even if people here say it’s fine to decline you still shouldn’t, just out of politeness, because they know that they have a very different maybe even ‘weird’ way of life so they want you to at least give it a try. It’s really important to show them you at least try to get accostumed or else you won’t get accepted in the social life and that’s not a thing you want to experience – ever. Also, I don’t want to be treated as a foreigner much, I want to show my curiousty and interest for Japan, so I can’t act like a whimsy foreigner being picky and frightened, making trouble. Furthermore, I am not exactly afraid of aftereffects of the radioactivity, people live there and they feel good. Of course I’m not a coward, I know it is very unhealthy but I also believe if it’s only for a few days you aren’t going to suffer major problems. Naturally I was aware of the state of the prefecture, wary about eating and coming in contact with my surroundings. Thirdly, to pay my respect. People living in that area have suffered major losses and problems, but they can’t just up and leave, it isn’t that easy here in Japan (i believe it’s nowhere, not just in Japan). Yet leaving those people alone isn’t helping and I’m very surprised and stunned that japanese people, too, are trying to somehow help and are willing to show their support and respect. And my last reason is that I’ve come here because I wanted action, I wanted to travel and experience Japan in every way so I can’t pass up a trip to Fukushima. Keeping that in mind, my diary-entry starts here! Leaving early yesterdaymorning, about 7:30, taking into account that the morningtraffic is suffocating and tiring, doubling the normal time you need from Chiba to Tokyo, we met Fujie-san and Micchan at the office to pick them up. The reason? The whole trip was actually a work related trip, as a thank you for the employees for their hard work and staying with the company for the whole year. A japamese working year starts 1 december and stops 30 November, so every year has such a celebration, like a christmas dinner. Our journey, a group of 10 people plus 2, should bring us to Fukushima, taking the chance to visit an old friend of Tetsuo-san and spending one night in a ryokan, a traditional, japanese old-fashioned hotel, setup with tatami-mats, futon and shoji, the room itself is called washitsu. It often also has hot spring baths and so did ours. Before we got there we had lunch at a very famous soba restaurant, sitting at those clichéd low tables, which was actually my first time. (Soba are cold noodles served with tea and some side dishes like vegetables and some soysauce, wasabi and spring onions) Finishing lunch, we continued on our course to the ryokan when suddenly it started snowing at the foot of the mountain, so Tetsuo-san’s friend decided we should leave our cars and take the bus up the mountain to where the ryokan was located. The higher up we went, the whiter, snowier and foggier it got, already building a thin layer of snow when we arrived around 7 minutes after leaving out cars. For me it was the first snow this year and I think theother haven’t seen snow in a while, too, since it’s not a very common thing around Tokyo. Checking in to the hotel we got on our rooms and I was once again breathtaken. Tatami-mats are mats made of dried ricegras, knotted into a mat which was used as a material to build the floor. They are one of the reasons why japanese people have the habit of taking of their shoes everywhere they go. Futon is the name of an old version of a japanese bed. It’s actually just a thin matress you can roll up and put away easily, the blanket on the other hand was really, really big, fluffy and warm with the simple explanation of it being winter, there two versions of blankets used for Futon. They are really comfortable. Shoji are the sliding doors made of paper. Though I believe the word ‘washitsu’ is too much, our rooms still had a western touch and washitsu is mainly used for complete japanese styled rooms, but i’m not sure about that. Either way, I roomed with Micchan, since we were the only girls on that trip and we got comfortable. We talked a bit and laughed and somehow 2 hours went by, Micchan didn’t want to miss out on the chance to take a bath in the hot spring, japanese ‘onsen’. It is a very famous thing here in japan and in some areas very common, though not an easy task for most foreigners, I at least had some problems, just thinking of taking a bath completely naked with strangers. Yet it was my task to overcome that and show Tetsuo-san I could do it, because he was actually really worried I couldn’t do it. In the end it was so easy, because once we changed into our yukata’s (summer kimono, just one thin layer of cloth) only wearing underwear beneath, the atmosphere changed drastically. I ignored the fact I was going to be naked in front of strangers (I wasn’t raised with the outgoing nature of showing myself naked to people). We went down to the exit where we changed shoes and got out. There were actually 4 sorts of onsen, all outdoor. The first one we took was a little house with 2 baths, 1 for each gender, parted through a wall. Opposite from the entrance there was a locker wall with small cubicles where you could place your clothes and to the right side was a square filled with milky water, smelling like bad eggs. And it was hot, like freaking hot. I couldn’t go in neither did Micchan, luckily there were small bowls placed at the edge, which you could use to splash some hot water over you in preparation. Finally in the water, I felt my limbs go numb from the temperature, it was really nice and relaxing but hot. I was beginning the feel dizzy, my head pounding after not even 10 minutes of sitting in the water, my body numb and itching a little just seconds before we got out and that’s when the real relaxation washes over you – when you leave the water, a feeling of freshness and freedom comes over you and it feels incredible. Putting on our yukata again, we headed for the next one – and my favourite one. It was an ‘only women’ outdoor bath and definitely had the nicest view. You came in and left your shoes at the entrance, on the wall to your right there were the locker spaces, and to your left a wall that parted the bath from the lockers. A peaked aroun that wall offered an awesome view of the hot spring, milky water steaming under the cold temperatures surrounding, snow-clad gras and trees lining the view and a small descent that lead the hot water freely, parting us from the cliffy mountain. Uttering a chorus of ‘Ooooh~ sugoiii~ kirei-neee~ aaah’ we hardly could stop admiring the amazing picture that displayed in front of us, but the coldness got to us and we were more or less forced to meet the hot, steaming water and yet again it was painfully hot. The view actually got even prettier while sitting in the water, enjoying the atmosphere to the fullest. And just as I thought nothing could disturb us, I felt the earth and wood beneath us quiver, the trees and bushes slightly shaking, too. Micchan didn’t even feel the earthquake, though it was actually rather strong, I could only enjoy it, I like earthquake, but that may be because I’d never experienced a serious one. We calmed down instantly and continued to enjoy our bath. It was also no problem to just get out of the water for some minutes, because the heat lingered on your skin and the water didn’t get cold. I liked the frequent change of temperatures because the hotness sometimes really got suffocating and the fresh air was a good help to calm down again before taking a dip again. We repeated it a few times, before we decided to take our leave and try the next one. It was again a bath for both genders, but this time one with an open view, too. The water there was just the right temperature, one where you could sit for hours, but we had a timelimit to keep, so we left not long after entering, to see that the last one was a footbath-onsen with already kind of cold water. With the seats a little wet, we just sat down 3-4minutes before freezing off our backs, and just as we went back in again, a man came along looking if everything was alright, telling us that there was a big earthquake near Sendai, a town not that far away from our location. Arriving at our room just in time, we met up with the others for our dinnerdate. We had reserved a large washitsu and when we got in there was a stage to the left side with a machine in the center and in the room were 12 small tables, each having a small sidetable and pillow to sit on. Lots of tiny pieces of food served on different plates decorated the table as well as a small sake-cup and something to drink on the sidetable. The dishes were very special so left out a lot of things, being not hungry as well. And I concentrated on drinking sake, because the hardest task came with the start of our dinner – karaoke on a big stage. We had a lot of fun, everyone drank aside from Micchan and they sang and I somehow ended up singing, too, kind of tipsy, too, all in all it was a special yet nice dinner japanese style. It ended 8PM, being too tipsy for a dip in the onsen, we went upstairs to our room and were invited by Tetsuo-san to join them in his room. Micchan and I agreed, yet I don’t know what took us more than 1,5h to get into the room next door. Either way we somehow found the way over, me still being very tipsy, and the guys weren’t different, suddenly have more sake and even a big bottle of jaegerbomb – one way to kill me. And as if not being tipsy enough we drank more sake and someone was so polite to pour me and the others some jaegerbomb (oshaku, you remember) after the sake was empty. Time ran by, we downed the jaegerbomb quite fast and not even 5 minutes later everyone said they were tired – me too, but I was still too tipsy. It didn’t even take me 5 minutes to get ready for bed before I laid there and slept like a stone. Micchan woke me up in the morning, saying we should head to breakfast, I followed even though I was super sleepy, but sitting there at the breakfast table, staring at the food made me think it may would ‘ve been better to just stay in bed. I only drank tea, water and orangejuice because I have problems eating just after waking up and maybe I was a little ‘sick’ (like my ma likes to call it). We headed back, seeing that our futon had been rolled up and packed away so I couldn’t even lay down, thankfully tatami are quite comfortable. Deciding to take one last bath we went down for a shorty, since we yet again had made up a time for us to meet. It took us 30 minutes for the 2 outdoor baths and then we rushed up again, for we had only 15 minutes left before checking out. We nearly made it on time, though this time it wasn’t my fault for being late.
Either way, we checked out and got on the bus, heading for the cars waiting at the foot of the mountain. The snow fading with every meter we went down the curvy way. The view was once again breathtaking, beside the street the descent that started already at the hotel continued leading the hot, milky water over lots of stones and leaves, digging it’s way down, the fog surrounding the mountain clouded the view on the city below and made everything seem mysterious, yet gracious (I enjoy watching scenery go by a lot if you haven’t noticed yet).
Anyways, we reached the cars and tucked our luggage away safely again, but we didn’t say good bye, so I concluded our trip hadn’t ended yet, but then I remembered, Tetsuo-san mentioned something about going to the seaside, near the place of the accident last year and we actually did, but first we rode one of us to the Shinkansenstation, so he could catch his bullet train, but then he felt he left his purse in the car and luckily he caught up to us before we were gone. We had to wait an extra half an hour before we picked up where we left of. After two more hours of carride through the sunny countryside decorated by many high mountains and leafless trees, we arrived at a harbour harbouring many fisherboats. Tetsuo-sans friend lead us over the street in a neat, little japanese-style restaurant. Tetsuo-san told me, that there was nothing left of the city after the tsunami crashed there last year. I remembered that the houses all looked very new. Our lunch came, it was salmon-sashimi and salmon-eggs with rice and a miso-clam shell- soup. Being a little sceptical, seeing the clam shell’s and huge fisheggs, I tried and was positively surprised because it tasted really good, it just depends on what you eat to every dish. I was very lucky to have some ginger, improving the taste, making it richer in hotness. Oishii! (Yummy!)
We left the restaurant and took a stroll along the harbour, taking in every detail. 10 minutes later they decided to take a tour along the water, which in fact only was one street. Passing the maybe last significant reminders of the past, we only could get a small idea of how it had looked like right after the incident. Aside from this completely broken house and the big betonsquare, everything looked very fresh and new, like nothing every happened, just occasionally some construction site.
Soon we were on our way home again, having fulfilled our sole purpose of supporting the people living in Soma. And hell, it was so windy, the people driving had problems controlling the cars. Somewhere on the way we stopped and ate an super delicious ice cream, very good, made me very happy. The day so far had every weather possible, snow, rain, sunshine, wind, coming near fukushima the snow-rain started, more wind along with a dark, rainheavy sky joining in. Luckily we reached the highway quite fast, only stopping shortly to say our thanks to Tetsuo-sans friend by endless bows.
Finally back in the cars, we started our journey back home, a ride thick with sleepiness. After about 3h of driving and pausing thrice, we came to Tokyo and it took us another 40 minutes to arrive at the office, but the awesome nightview of Tokyo helped a lot to endure them, we also got a close-up view of the Skytree in all it’s nightlights, and I first then realized how tiny everything get’s in comparison to it’s 634m height. Really impressive.
Arriving at the office, we just went up, let some things there and got back down, saying good bye to Fujie-san and giving Micchan a lift to the Metrostation, continuing our way to Chiba and since the it was an early saturday evening the streets weren’t crowded with traffic.
Coming home, Emiko-san was quick to prepare dinner for us and we came just in time to see the last 3 participants of the ISU grand prix finale of figure skating in russia. Suzuki Akiko was the next up and got third in ranking, the next was some girl from usa and last but not least Asada Mao, skating her seasons best and getting 15points more than the earlier first in ranking. Her run was really perfect. (http://m.youtube.com/results?q=asada%20mao%202012) This was also her winning performance for the NHK Trophy I wrote about. Beautiful.
She rounded my evening well, so I said my good nights to both and went up in to my room, to write the first part of this, since I originally wanted to update yesterday, but I was too tired to stay up any longer. Today after getting up, I went down for breakfast and up again, because my room needed a thoroughly cleaning session and I must say I was quite successful. But other than that, nothing really happened. Dinner were oyster-tempura, brokkoli, miso-clam shell- soup housemade, and some leftover curryrice. Was very tasty. I got up in my room quite early today and now I’m going to bed.

SeeYaSooN !

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Tokyo skyline

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Skytree

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Tokyo skyline

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Sign

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Soba

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Outdoor onsenhouse

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Left: outdooronsen both gender Right: Only women onsen

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Our room

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Futon

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Only women-onsen

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Outdooronsen for both genders

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We were at the top of the right mountain

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Japanese restaurant in soma, your place to sit

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Samon to Ikura (salmon and salmoneggs) with rice and soup

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Soma harbour

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Soma harbour

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Broken house

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Contryside in fukushima prefecture, nice forrest and ricefields

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Those sacks are full of radioactive soil

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My ice cream

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Skytree

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Tokyo nightview

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Tokyo nightview

Public holiday and Birthday

Hii~
So as it says in the titel, today was a public holiday, meaning I had my day off, as well as Tetsuo-san.
I had a lot of sleep to catch up so I somehow slept until 12PM and just as I finished my morning rituals the front opened and in came two little boys a man and a woman – Tetsuo-san and Emiko-san’ daughter Nanami with her husband Juntaro-san and two little sons, Shoutaru-kun and Yoshike-kun. Oh those two were sooo adorable. Shoutaru-kun, the elder from both, is 5years old and very shy and timid. Yoshike-kun on the other hand is a very wild and active child, though he’s only 2,5years old.
Anyways, Tetsuo-san was playing with the kids and Emiko-san was preparing lunch, while I sat in the diningroom together with Nanami-san and Juntaro-san. Thought it was very awkward, at least for the two of them, because they didn’t know how to start a conversation with me. We still somehow did and I learned that Nanami-san talks very good english (Emiko-san she studied in Boston for a year or so, though I wasn’t able to ask her about it), Juntaro-san on the other side is currently trying to learn english, but he has problems understanding since he doesn’t have any practice here in japan. Both are super kind and nice and we had a nice chat. The kids though were super cute but very shy so they didn’t approach and since I can’t talk much japanese yet, I was very careful abutt approahing them, too. But I had a little battle with Shoutaru-kun, being asked various questions like ‘what time is it now?’ ‘when is your birthday?’ or ‘what comes after wednesday?’. Questions we both could answer, but Shoutaru-kun won, he was just a tad bit better than me, I believe that he has more practice and is better at understanding, I always need to process for myself what I’m being asked before I can answer. But it was very fun nevertheless.
After our little battle we all got excited for Nanami-san had brought a cake, because her husband had birthday two days ago and she wanted us all to celebrate together. We sang together and ate a wonderful strawberry cake from a very famous patissier. It was delicious and the atmosphere gentle and calm, though Yoshike-kun came running in and out of the room sometimes, having a running nose. He did that during lunch, too, but there he wanted to eat some rice, oh and hell was he cuuuuuute~ so kawaii~. Emiko-san made him two Onigiri (rice balls with nori around it) and tried to stuff one into his mouth and it crumbled into small bits and the sticky rice stuck on his face. That was just so cute, especially since he has such a round and hubbychubby face. Kawaii~! Eh, anyways, after the cake the kids went to play with their father and Emiko-san, Tetsuo-san took a nap on the couch and Nanami-san went over to her grandmother. She came back around 3 o’clock and we said our goodbyes, since they had to leave again.
Both elderly people were happy to have their quiet and calm house back, because the kids made it very, very lively.
An hour after they left, Tetsuo-san asked me if I wanted to go out with him and of course i wanted. We drove to the liquorstore, where he purchased his beer (he even wanted to buy the wrong one, until said it, the funny thing is that he drinks a beer every evening and forgets its name). I actually liked the store a lot, they had german beer and even korean products, like potato snacks and ramyun (with B2ST on it //fingirldance abdbdjdkaksb) Of course I bought them. We finished and stopped by a conbini (24h shop), I went to ‘read’ the newest version of shounen jump, or more like i looked at the new chapter of naruto and Tetsuo-san went to do whatever he did. Sitting back in the car, he opened a weird package containing two white weird balls, ice cream. I looled at him stunned, then took a better look at the weird white ball, shaking my head mentally. He said I should try one and I did, the first bite was like ‘ew, i’m trying something new, better be careful. this is ice cream, don’t freak out’ and it was very weird, at least the first bite. The more I ate of it, the more I enjoyed eating it, it was delicous actually and I couldn’t stop to sigh in satisfaction after finishing.
What happened after we got back hasn’t been that much nor exciting. I got up to my room to take a rest, got down to eat some dinner and then got back up with Tetsuo-san again to print some pictures.
Now I’m laying in bed, there was a little mini earthquake just 5minutes ago.
There’s one more thing, something I wanted explain. I was asked about the living expenses here in Japan, and it’s actually quite expensive. Cigarettes are probably the only cheap thing here, and I might say, I haven’t touched a cigarette in 11 days. Except cigarettes, it’s quite expensive to buy clothes, not always, some shops can be cheap, too, but mostly are expensive, as well as shoes and groceries. And don’t get me started and on restaurants, they are extremely expensive. Remember about the Soba and Tempura I had for lunch on my first day at work? Tetsuo-san told me it cost about 18-20€. I sat there like ‘WUT?! you kiddin me?’ Something also eats away a lot of money are the trains I’m always talking about. I spent about 45€ in from monday afternoon to thursday morning just for my train and monorailrides.
That’s… a lot. Though you don’t realise that, because you have a prepaid card to just check in and out. Yet I need to praise how things work here in Tokyo, some things are really chaotic, but they still manage to make it work perfectly, like driving a car. For driving car you also pay money, and not actually for fuel, because about 70% of all citizens who drive a car are driving a hybrid one, and you smell. Even though they are a lot of cars in Tokyo and so many people, the air is still very clean and unpoluted. No, what I mean when I say ‘cars pay money’ is that they have the ‘maut’-system that germany didn’t want to have. Imagine it like this, the highway is divided into small distances and everyone has a kind of prepaidcard on the drivers side, so they pay money by stages, how much depending on how many distances they’ve taken. I think it’s a very nice idea, it has many positive sides, like less traffic, no ghostdriver, people can’t drive too fast over a long distance but have to stop frequently or at least slow down, what atomatically reduces the chance of a crash or accident. Of course it get’s expensive somehow, but what would you like to pay for your health and safety? You can get it for free.
Getting off-topic. Either way, that’s it for today, I’m tired, but I hope I could answer your question dougie! And mom? It’s not cold or winter yet, we still have 10ºC, but for a measurement you could say, we have the weather you had last month. We get very cold during January and February.

SEEYAA~

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The ice cream

Run Run Run through Tokyo! – Ow!

I’m very sorry for the delay of my daily post yesterday, but yeah, I started writing and somehow got knocked out, too tired. here’s what I wrote yesterday night, but I won’t mark where fell asleep, I’ll just tell you what happened yesterday and today! Konbanwa! Nemui desu! Hell, I’m tired. Had a great day, without a doubt, but now I’m soo exhausted. Let me tell you. Getting up early isn’t one of my fortes as you now surely know, so my plan to get up at 7:10 was a failure, though I got up only half an hour later, with the goal to go shopping and sightseeing in Tokyo. So I left the house 9:15 and got to Tokyo around 11o’clock. I started in Shinjuku and took a walk around. Well, it’s the district of Tokyo that has the most skyscrapers, remember my photo from yesterday? You could also say it’s more for the richer people, except you would consider paying more than 100€ nonstop for simple clothes is something poor people do all the time. I saw an Adidasshop, went into ‘The body shop’ and bought something for the first time! Some night lotion and cleanser. Now I feel good. I took a stroll here and there, but there was rarely something you could do – not even shopping. It seemed like everything that existed were all kinds of restaurants and aside from that, Shinjuku is just too big to explore it in 2hours, Emiko-san said it even takes days, because it’s too big to grasp. Either way I miraculously got back to the trainstation and got on my train to Ikebukuro, the shopping district in Tokyo. Indeed, it is. The station it self is under the surface, under a biiig big 6 or 7 storey shopping arcade called ‘Seibu’. It combines, metro station, train station and JR-line station in one. Still way too big for my liking, because being stuck with hundreds and hundreds of people, trying to find your way out, when there are at least 6 exits and the directionsigns are confusing to no end because they are all mixed up with the signs for metro or JRlines (the trains I use to get to Tokyo) and to top it off – the halls seem endless. Somehow I still found my way out and what came now was like running into a brickwall. I came out from the Seibu shopping mall, that already was huge, and looked at the buildings on the opposite side of the street abd those were just as big, but also lit with advertisements and signs that read different things, a very overwhelming sight when you were so very frustrated not even 5minutes earlier. Anyways, I instantly understood why it’s know as the shopping district, malls over malls and many streets with different small shops. Naturally everything is very cramped, even the big shops are stuffed, making it nearly impossible to cross ways with someone in between two shelves. 3 hours looked like this, me going from shop to shop, falling in love all over again. Yet I couldn’t go at this rate or I would’ve bought myself to death and I also promised Tetsuo-san to look by the company, so I did – but not without having the biggest problems! You remember what I said about the station in Ikebukuro, finding my way back was even harder! It starts with taking the wrong entrance and you have the first problem. Maybe you should know, that you need to have a sort of prepaid card to be able to drive the trains, and you need to check in at the entrance of the station. I found out the hard way, that you can’t check in and check out at the same station, so i was kinda locked in and I felt very lost, yet I thought I took the same way in that I took out, but uh-uh, sadly not the case. Yet I realised it too late because i already had checked in. And I was locked in. I ran around, up the stairs to the trains – but the wrong ones – and down again, tried to get out, yet i couldn’t and up again, sitting down, because my feet hurt like hell already, then down the stairs again and trying again – no luck. But then I gathered enough courage to go to the infopoint to say I got lost and locked up, and before I knew it I was already on the other side on my way to the right train. Finally finding the right station after 10more minutes of walking and searching, I got on the train and debated on whether go look at Shibuya first and then go to the company or the other way around. I chose the company and somehow thought the train had just arrived at my station, but that was only imagination. I was still so confused from the earlier hassle. So long story short, I got off one station too early, my feet still hurt and I needed to wait for the next train. Such a misfortune, but i was soon at the company and had a little time to relax and set my things off. Slowly I took a deep breather before getting bombarded with questions from Micchan and Tetsuo-san. I explained what I had done today and also told them I wanted to get going again, planning to at least look at Akihabara one more time and considering my feet still hurt like hell after walking on 11cm high heels around Tokyo for about 7,5h I was sure that I couldn’t take that much more. And so I got on my way again, straight to Akihabara. Last time I talked about big gamearcades and many lights, but somehow I didn’t see any of them. I got out from the station and already stood infront of a huge store, very like the saturn in Hamburg, only a tad bit awesomer! Huge, vast variety of things, 7 floors with different things, about 300 different kinds of headphones – and i mean the big ones, not the small inearplugs. On the 6 floor there were even toys and Otakustuff, like anime and manga puzzles, a lot of anime merch ranging from various cards to action figures to bags to everything else. It also had massage stools and the most impressing and overwhelming things were the handyaccessories. Imagine 7 rows on each side of you, each row consisting of 6 shelves. Every shelf was filled to the brim with cases for every kind of smartphone, and lots of cellphonestraps and sticker and everything. It was plain huge. But i really hadn’t left any energy to walk around for more hours since it was already 7o’clock and I was already worried about how to get home, because my feet were barely alive. I took the fastest way out and to the station, going straight for my train, even slightly hobbling, the feeling of getting blisters never leaving my mind. The ride home was quite and uneventful, only the bus ride was very unpleasant, because I feared I had taken the wrong bus (there are two from the same line but they are driving different routes). Still I got off where I wanted and barely made it to the supermarket around the corner to make some last minute purchases for the dinner I wanted to prepare for thursdaynight. Luckily the shop was still opened, so I got in, bought everything and hopped home fast. Once home, I ate some well needed food and sat there with Emiko-san talk with her and later watching K-Dramas on TV (freakin mother of god, I’ve never like dbsk nor jaejoong but hell, protect the boss is pure entertainment and jaejoong a god, he’s sooo handsome sjriwbskrb)
Later then I wrote this and went to bed. Byebye

SEEEYAAAAA~

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Shinjuku

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A 7 story building only filled with restaurants and one money exchange – Shinjuku

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Ikebukuro

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Ikebukuro

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A hairnet for changing in a clothes store

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Need to take your shoes off!

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Seibumall in Ikebukuro

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Ikebukuro

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Yodobashiarcade in Akihabara, a huuuuuge electronics store

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Somewhere in Akihabara

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Akihabara

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My Brook-cellphonestrap

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My sorry excuse of suppossed-to-be Kimchi and Daeji Bulgogi

Dancing monkey and a nice talk with a stranger

Konbanwa tomodachi!
Today the japanese fits exceptionally well, because I slowly feel my progress. I’d want to mark this particular day as the day I started understanding (mostly, not everything) what people asked me. It’s difficult and I admit that, but thanks to people like Tetsuo-san, Fujie-san and Micchan, who are trying their best at helping me and conversing with me I feel that I’m slowly but surely understanding how this works.
So that aside my day was funny and exciting yet very relaxed. I woke up at 6:30, one hour before my alarm was suppossed to wake me. Knowing me and my habits of running late (especially in the morning) I stayed awake and tried to wake up fully, yet softly. After getting ready, I went downstairs, Tetsuo-san already sitting in the diningroom, and ate breakfast. I finished, rushed upstairs to brush my teeth and came down aproximately 8:58, our appointed time to leave the house. We left by car today too, and luckily it wasn’t much holdup on the streets so we even got to take ‘a little rest’ how Tetsuo-san would say. 30 more minutes and we arrived in the company where we stayed for about 2 hours. And today I got to know that every morning someone goes around the blocks in our neighborhood and sells Yakultproducts – and it works! They store the products in a cool bag and sell them to employees of companies.
Later we went to Tetsuo-sans apartment in tokyo to eat lunch, this time some leftovers he brought from home. I literarely can’t express my thoughts on that apartment it was neat and lovely, quite big and spacy actually, considering apartments in tokyo are often only one-room-apartments and very cramped. But what amazed me the most was the view. I think I’ve never jumped up and down out of joy and amazement, this view was just… wow. There’s no other word to describe it and please note that it was broad daylight, I nearly fainted imagining the nightview. I can’t wait to spend some nights over there. And I may say, it’s located in a block opposite the Entrance to Tokyo Daigaku (University) which is like, HUUUUUUUUUGE and i mean huge. I haven’t been to many universities, but this one surely took my breath away just by its’ size. Anyways, we had lunch, a very nice talk following along, a cup of coffee completing it. Tetsuo-san later showed me a lot of pictures, some from the legendary evening I’ve been told about some many times, some of his mother, some sightseeingpictures, pictures of his daughter and … you get the idea.
Somehow 1,5 hours had gone by like 10minutes and it was time for us to leave again. He took me over the campus of Tokyo University, showing me around a little, on our way I even figured out what Ochanomizu means (the part of tokyo where my workplace is located). Somehow we ended up at yushima shrine, a big shrine decorated with gorgeous flowers, mostly dahlias and chrysanthemum. This shrine is known especially under students. Many go there to pray for theirselves to pass the exam of either their schhol or university. Just as we wanted to leave, a drum started to sound through the garden and we stopped. There sat a girl … and a monkey. We both rushed there and watched. For 10min an ape called sakura made some tricks and was just adorably cute and cool!
But after that we finally left for the company. Arriving there, I sat down and picked up the powerpointpresentation I was finishing earlier. I was ready 10minutes before I could go so I started doodling, passing the time until i could leave. On my trainride home, I had a very nice, long and deep conversation with a stranger – a black man. I may note that he was the first black man I’ve seen so far, and even white people are quite rare, I’ve seen 8 so far, 7 of them on my third day during my trip to akihabara. Nevertheless, that little talk we had was awesome but too personal and long to brag about it so savour the quote.

“First, you yourself need to be happy, before you can make someone else happy.”

Sayonara!

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Humans made of flowers

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A huge flower made of small ones

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Flowers

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Lilies and ginkos

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And if you ever should get problems understanding a word or two i’m using, you should try this, a very nice and helpful vocabulary site, translating german into different languages quite adequate.
http://pda.leo.org/?searchLoc=

need to post this here, it’s part of me and the reason i’m crying right now. new mv release of hamstergyu. and myung~ ❤
http://m.youtube.com/results?q=kim%20sunggyu%2060%20sec&search_sort=relevance&search_type=search_all&uploaded=
Enjoy!

Every day a special day!

I’ve been to Japan for not even 4 days, yet I’ve seen so much already. Every day has so many things in store for me, only waiting to found and seen. Today wasn’t different, and it once again started with a messy morning, me waking up, rolling over and getting to sleep again. Luckily Emiko-san was there to wake me up, otherwise I would’ve been late – sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Anyway, yesterday evening during dinner with Emiko-san we talked about what I would do tomorrow. I told her I needed to head to work so we sat together and talked it out on how to get to work the best. She offered me to take the expresstrain leaving 9:40 but I couldn’t since I had to leave before 9 o’clock, yet this idea of taking the expresstrain had implanted itself into my brain so strongly that I decided to take the one leaving 8:40. – For explanation, the expresstrain only takes about 40 minutes from Tsuga/Chiba to Kinshicho (near the center of Tokyo) – Problem: It’s always very crowded especially during rush hours. So when I got on in Tsuga there was no place to sit but everyone had there place to stay and a little personal space. That mentioned personal space vanished like water in a dessert after 2 more stations – about 10 minutes later (where I even saw Fujiyama!) – and so I had to stand, cramped into one wagon with 100-150 people, rubbing against 3 of them simultaneously and being careful not to fall onto the oba-san (grandmother/aunt/ elderly woman in general) in front of me, for 30 minutes. Of course it was nerv-wrecking til no end, yet somehow it was very exciting and even kind of fun, but that may be because of my general fascination and addiction for this city or way of life. Getting off in Kinshicho and getting on the normal train heading for Ochanomizu I didn’t get much of a scenerychange, even this train was crowded as hell – rush hour. Many, if not all, people were for work – except me. I got off in Akihabara, my initial purpose of getting up earlier than usual. I wanted to stroll around the city and take a look for myself. Akihabara was the best decision, since it is the last station before the one i need to get off at, though at first it wasn’t that special, the shops and arcades not even open yet. Nevertheless I went along the mainstreet and off into some little sideway, lovely decorated with small shops, though those were very uninteresting. Everywhere I looked were posters of half naked cute anime girls with big boobs or some advertising for the latest games. But the mainthing Akihabara is known for are the popular arcades. I saw 3 Sega-arcades, each at least 4 stories high, about 50-100m away from each other. My luck, I went past one store just when it opened. Suddenly 7 blinds went up, exposing 7 employees declaring the opening of the arcade and trying to ‘seduce’ bystanders into coming to play some games. Actually I got a bit scared, though they all seemed nice but considering I was completely new to everything I got away and headed for the train station, watching how every shop opened their doors. When I got into the building something caught my eye – sweets. And not just sweets, but the super popular, expensive, complex and deliciously looking small cakes. Hell they looked awesome! thay even had some small hamburgerlike looking cookies or obento’s and a variety of different meat dishes. Oh, everything looked awesome, but I had no time to dwell much, so I went to my train and got off 3 minutes later, searched for a quiet place so I could eat breakfast before going to work. When I got there I greeted Micchan (very personal nickname, my first friend)

[EEEEEEH?!?!?! he deleted everything i wrote from here on ): anyway i’ll try to write it again]

and Fuji-san and was a bit surprised to see Tetsuo-san missing, but after 45 more minutes even arrived at work. I studied japanese and the other three got to their work.
Sometime during 1PM Tetsuo-san asked Micchan, Me and Fuji-san to go out for french lunch, but Fuji-san declined so he stayed back at the company while Micchan, Tetsuo-san and me went for french lunch in a restaurant, about 20m away from the company. It was delicious! (I’m afraid you get sick of this sentence because I say it everytime I try something new lol)
Lunch was something else today. It was very fun yet relaxing, I had some good talk with Micchan and I learned some new things. Micchan tends to praise me everytime I say something right or I learned something new, she is a very cute person. About 45 minutes later we ended our meal, said ‘gochisôsama deshita’ (It tasted great, thanks) and left for work again. I got some Powerpoint presentation from Tetsuo-san that he wanted me to look over and design, so that’s what I did for 4 tiring hours. In the meantime Tetsuo-san left for 1,5-2hours, which gave me the opportunity to talk to my 2 co-workers. They are so cute, I have a hard time at worked to contain my squealing. Fuji-san is always considerate about helping me, he has made some copies for me, showed me his program/dictionary which he uses to improve his english and german with. He always tries to do it right and that’s something very precious about him, though he’s very hard to understand if you don’t him. Micchan on the contrary is very shy and hesitant about talking to me, I got the thought that she isn’t capable of speaking english, but Tetsuo-san said to me yesterday that she actually should be qualified enough (meaning that she’s had some englishlessons before). But it occurs, though she’s very hesitant, she still is very curious about me and getting to know me, always trying to talk me in japanese, hoping for me to understand her, which I sadly don’t do. During those 2hours we were alone, she asked for my last name and if I could write it down for her, so I did and she got back to her desk, practising how to pronounce it right, writing down the Katakana for it and all. Hell she sounded so cute and looked so precious, desperately trying to learn my last name. I’m anticipating the moment where I’ll be able to talk to her without having bigger difficulties.
I’ve grown very accostumed to both during my 3 days at work and they already are very precious to me. I like both a lot.
Tetsuo-san got back around 5o’clock and presented me with my new work-mailadresse, instantly asking of me to write him and Micchan and even Emiko-san and Kerstin. He is such a fun guy.
But then it started. I just sat there, working on powerpoint until Tetsuo-san called me, I looking up from my desk it took me some time to realise everything was shaking. My eyes grew big excitement and I even squealed a little bit. My very first earthquake (though it was only a small one). It felt weird to see and feel everything shaking, especially houses since you always thought they weren’t able to move, yet all this moving was the reason why it felt so exciting and funny!
I mean you can’t go to japan if you’re scared of earthquakes, that would be like going to an amusementpark without wanting to rideany rollercoasters – so where’s the fun? Tetsuo-san even told me that last week they had 2 earthquakes, it sounds like a lot but in japan it’s actually common.
Oh that was exciting! And soon after that we made our way back home by car, talking, teaching and laughing during our ride back. When we arrived home we prepared a little dinner and ate it while watching TV. Japanese television surely is one of the most entertaining things I’ve ever watched! Even though I don’t understand yet, I love to watch Naruto, Shinchan or stuff like that, but that’s not all. We watched programs about japanese ramen in germany and how that crazy japanese guy travelled trough germany on his mission to find the hottest and spicy-est ramen . Hilarious! Or a program about grinding teeth, their noises and what teeth look like after years of torture, very interesting actually.
Anyways, I went up to my room at 9 o’clock and now I’m here.

So that’s about it. Seeyouuuu~

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delicious pastry

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french cuisine pt. 1 salad

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french cuisine pt. 2 fish

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french cuisine pt. 3 applepie

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tokyo autobahnsign

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Mh, who knows him?

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some weird glass that can't tip over

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popular pocky!

My trip home alone and some delicious gyu don!

Haha, Hello~
So today started kind of weird yet nicely. I woke up to the bell, or rather music of the daily routine of school on the other side of the street. I’ll somehow try to show you the next days.
I got ready on time, but lost time during breakfast so we still got away from home 15minutes late, with the little difference that today we took the car!
Coming out on the street to tokyo we soon got somehow stuck up in the middle of an 15km long bumper-to-bumper traffic jam. (yeah right, thank you leo xd)
Thinking about what the reason could be, we guessed and guessed, completely disregarding what Tetsuo-san had told me just 5min before getting stuck up. The reason being, that every 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th the traffic nearly doubles on this street because everyone wants to get out their deliveries and money. And, you pay for driving this street.
After about 1,5h of waiting and learning some japanese with Tetsuo-san, we got to work safely. For lunch we went to the little restaurant just across the street and ordered two ‘gyu don’ – berrrry delicious!
Today wasn’t very busy so I was allowed to leave earlier and this time – alone! I of course took this chance to at least look around ochanomizu a little bit more than just to go to and come from the station. Oh it was totally worth it, really lovely way of life here in tokyo.
Either way, I looked around the station and about 20min after leaving work, I finished my looking and got on the train home. Finding my way perfectly fine, even though I took some detours to look around, my day already took an end. The evening was spent together with Emiko-san and delicious sandwiches and after dinner I watched Pokemon and Naruto There isn’t much left say, only that I’m very tired~ so i’ll go to sleep now~ do well!

Seeyaa! ;D

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'weiße weihnacht' - mal anders

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a part of Ochanomizu

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Mate from COCACOLA

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The school outside my door

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Sumo! There are 4 tournaments yearly and the one now started 4days ago and takes a total of 15days

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Pokemon~ :3

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Tokyo and my first day at work

OHHH~ today was an awesome and exciting Day~
I made my first trip to Tokyo and it was beautiful – and long! Maybe you remember in my post yesterday I said something about chiba being a little village – scratch that! On our way to Tokyo today I learned that it takes about 20minutes if you go by bus or monotrail, only to get to chiba’s central station at the other end of the city. (I live in the south part of the city and the central station is in the north) And the nearer you get there, the more livelier it gets, expensive shops popping out of nowhere, several malls decorating the streets. The central station is the main point of the city where every bus line, monotrail line and train line starts, or maybe ends? Either way, my point is – it’s big. Yet there’s still something untypically, maybe even weird. During around 80% of the way, you need to watch out for houses able to keep more than 2-3 families. There actually barely are any apartment buildings. Those start at the middle of the trainway there is left to tokyo. That part of the way takes about 55-60 minutes – when it’s not crowded – during rush hours about 2 hours. The middle I was talking about is the city funabashi. It connects chiba to tokyo along the coast and the whole ride offers so many things to see that it gets hard to savour it all. The way the houses are built and how people live here is so easily displayed through the look of every house itself, it’s so fascinating it gets to much sometimes. Also you can see how scenery changes, how small houses slowly grow into apartment buildings into skycrapers with neonadvertisements hanging on every wall, lightning up the citystreets. Even the people on the train can be enticing, to see how all kinds of different people try to get the time by by effectively using it to either pass time with their cellphone or sleep or read a book (yeah right, a book, heard of it?). What I saw on my way back home today, is that people who want to enter the train are actually lining up at specially marked points. Looks awesome!
Enough of that talk, on to tokyo. On the way there I had the chance to peek into akihabara a little but other than that, I didn’t see that much of the busy streets of tokyo, since my workplace is in a rather less busy and crowded area, but still, high apartment buildings inhabiting different shops and companies mixed up with rather small and cute multifamily houses. I got a little taste of life in tokyo but clearly what I saw today wasn’t even near the peak of crazy athmosphere tokyo caries within it’s heart.
So today was also my first day at work (my second in total lol xd crazy shiet) and I got to meet my colleagues, who are Fuji-san and Michiyo-san. Fuji-san is a man in his 40’s and trying his best at communicating with me even though i can’t speak japanese and neither is he capable of talking english well (though he tries his utmost, but his aczent and pronounciation are just too heavy/bad, sadly though). I’d really like to talk to him more, because he seems very kind and tries his best to help me study japanese. Michiyo on the other side is a really cute and nice woman in her late 20’s maybe? I’m not sure, but she definitely can’t speak english except for phrases like ‘you are cute’ and simple things like this. Though we can’t converse with each other (she tends to speak japanese to me a lot but i just can’t understand her – and i feel very bad about that) she has left an overly positive impression on me, hopefully that doesn’t turn out bad or wrong or awkward, once we’ll be able to talk. Eitherway, both are just very precious to me already and i look forward to getting to know them better!
So many new things today and there still is a lot to tell.
We were out for lunch today and went to a japanese restaurant around the corner and even passed a traditional japanese shrine. Hell that was impressive and big, but i believe this one is even considered rather small. Anyway, I got some good lunch consisting of soba, soysauce, tempura and rice, miso soup, some weird yet delicious vegetables. I don’t know how to describe my impression the right way. Everything I’ve eaten here so far is quite weird and it sometimes costs a little willpower to try it, yet it has something ‘magical’ and tasty about it, I can somehow understand why japanese people eat it. Sounds not like a lot of fun and it surely even seems very weird to many, but let me explain. For every meal you eat (especially at restaurants, at home it’s more of lika a habit) you get a cup of soup. So far not bad, but if you know that the soup you are drinking is the water the noodles cooked in, it gets a little odd. Additionally those soups normally have a very own, for western people, strange taste, yet it has something refreshing, even kind of addicting in it, that makes you drink it sip by sip until it’s empty. For starters it’s like a vicious circle. It’s a thing that’s hard to explain but that’s the way it feels to me.
Today I also got answers to the one question everyone’s been asking me – How do people in japan celebrate christmas? I always answered that they celebrate it western style with christmastrees and presents and stuff, but that’s actually neither right or wrong. Elder people tend to not celebrate it at all, because it’s just a trend the younger generation picked up on and here it’s mostly only a reason to give gift’s to their partner’s as a sign of love and affection.

So, I think that’s all for today and I’ll see you tomorrow! Have a nice day, I’ll be going to tokyo tomorrow, too, but this time by car (jap: kuruma!)

Seeya!

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Trainlinesystem for Tokyo and outskirts

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Ochanimozu Station from outside

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Shrine

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Shrine from outside

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left to right: Tempura and rice, soba - beneath: vegetables, miso soup, soysauce

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The sight out of my office

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The sight out of my office

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people lining up for the train