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last weeks of school in japan

Posted by veritas on August 31, 2008

7/22 – 8/1

so by this time the prospect of having to return soon had pretty much taken over my mind, which was terrible, because it probably prevented me from reaching out and making new friends (though really, the amount of texting i was doing already was unbelievable, so this was probably a good thing). cynthia and i also spent a lot of time together doing shopping, which spread out between souvenir shopping, clothes shopping, random poor decision shopping, eating, and we never bought what we ORIGINALLY went shopping in the first place for – suitcases. yes, that’s right, we bought so much extra crap that we couldn’t fit everything. every year i’m like, ok, i’m downsizing on this suitcase thing, and every year it gets worse lol >.>

anyway, towards the end of school semester both the professors and students all started to care less – especially since it was the summer and it was so damn HOT. so i would chat with my professor, made her late for class, then not go to that class, and that was somehow ok. wake’s ridiculous attendance policy has somehow struck into my mind that “if there’s class and you don’t go, you are going to be actually punished beyond your monetary opportunity cost” so i was just baffled.

as previously mentioned, the last 2 weekends were nasty business that i don’t want to get into here, not only to spare you from having to read through useless ranting, but also because i don’t personally find any use in angrying myself for no reason. so, lips are shut (fingers are bound??) on this one!

as for other things! MUST VISIT SUNSHINE CITY! this place was fabulous. there are like 100 shops of random things, on top of a floor of restaurants. if anyone gets the urge to eat mexican food, PLEASE GO to the place on the 3rd floor here, it was delicious. maybe it was just us, but combining not having any mexican food for like 3 months and being horribly hungry that day, sinking your teeth into that first fajita and quesadilla was just unbelievable. we both got jitters and goosebumps chewing. and a strawberry margarita pitcher while we were at it, just because we could! ohhh so yummy

there is also namja town in this place, but i didn’t get there til the week after this. so i will go into that later! speaking of food, there was also a sushi place that i went to before the trip to kyoto, but zac and dan wanted to go try revolving sushi so we went back. this place is in shinjuku station (i know, i know, sooo specific), somewhere on the west side. rather than navigate the confusing underground section, i just go up to the rotunda and find the entrance next to the bic camera and take it down. you should find it soon. apparently without 4 people you can’t get a table there, and would have to go sit at a stool. which isn’t bad, because then everyone can pick their own sushi, but my other friends showed up and we ended up having 7 lol. as usual we ate a bunch of cheap plates then called the chef for 7 ootoro…and he had this look on his face that was a mix of “sweet we are making a bunch of money” and “fuggin foreigners have too much money”…which is not true, i just think that if you go to japan and dont have some ootoro, you miserably fail 😦

on that wednesday i ran into a “friend” for a (way overpriced) burger at friday’s. this is what we can “awkward tension” – she’s older than me (by 5 years, which really, is not substantial) but the thing where it’s wierd for guys to date older women is much stronger in japan – usually the bigger the age gap and the more boy-ish the guy looks, the better indicator that it’s a male host situation. (which is socially awkward, about 1000 times more than female hostess-ing, which makes no logical sense, but whatever) but she and i got along quite well, and she tried to hide the fact that she had a boyfriend for some reason lol. you will quickly find that in japan, the girls are very self-conflicting, where keeping their personal desires and social “right thing to do” in check is always very hard, and where this “nonverbal communication” will pretty much tell you, “ok, i have a boyfriend, but i’m going to keep saying that i don’t, and you will understand, so the ball is in your court” because then if something happens, it is not her fault. clever, and かなりムカつくw either this will happen, or there’s the other situation, where they will definitely make sure you are listening and then go talk about her boyfriend with someone else in the room, and then from there start vicariously flirting with you. once again, if something happens, “but you knew!” can always come out as defense. these are the reasons why guys that try to be good guys come back from japan thinking “damn, why are they so emotionally frustrating?!” ….however, since i like to turn everything “fun” about the world into logical explanations, this was just funny to me….unless i was dealing with it…which was often…ah oh well lol


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july, post-kyoto

Posted by veritas on August 29, 2008

finally settled down at school for fall 08. time to finish this thing lol


i’ve been wondering how to write these last few closing entires. there were fewer and fewer “firsts” that happened over time. i mean, in the time frames mentioned in these posts, there was always a lot of eating various things i like – ex. すきやのマポ茄子、the ramen place near mcdonald’s in shibuya – plus karaoke, harajuku, coins bar, etc. and even though that’s a very very good list of “everything” things that i came to love, i think it’d get boring to write “well, we went to sing again, today i sang (list of songs, blah blah blah”. stories about life are able to be understood through words, but singing and eating? mm…

anyway, by this time i remember feeling like i had gotten accustomed to everything to the point of having lived there for a long time – i had my little favorite places to go for everything when i was out, became friends with my dry cleaner guys, and when i was home, i found some friends in the neighborhood. so then i had maybe 2 days of that before realizing – “oh shit i’m going home soon lol” which is why i started organizing “i’m leaving japan let’s meet up!” kind of things the week i got back from kyoto. goodness there was a lot of that to do, even with the short amount of time i’d been there. anyway, another super busy weekend:

7/18: i finally ran into mai in tokyo! after i got out from school, we hung out in shibuya for like 7 hours up to the trains stopping even though it felt like no time at all. this was really awesome because it was relaxing and fun, plus we got to go sing :D. we didn’t really know each other, so it was cool that we got along so well out of nowhere.

7/19: celine took me to this way way far away cosplay convention…or should i say, shooting lol. people apparently go way far away in to get “scene shots” for themselves and their friends that do it. so, when we went to ask some people in really awesome or tada niau costumes they would turn us down sometimes. i did get a shot or two of this really good naruto and gaara (both were girls but the makeup worked out so well), a geass team, and probably my favorite, a lacus team lol. i got 5 of them in the picture, but there were a total of 9 of them. i was pretty damn baffled when i saw all of them at the same time. this was really interesting, totally different from the ones in the states. and no offense but…japanese girls just simply fit those character costumes so much better.

later that night: jake and i planned this night for the womb since momoko really wanted to go out this weekend (well, we weren’t really against this plan either…). so after the cosplay in the morning, it was time for clubbing – at tokyo’s finest. celine came along to “see what it was like”. i tried to get her to dance but she refused to try lol. after a bit of time passed celine went home (she had work in the morning), and i conveniently left jake and momo to do their own thing while i found my nitch of fun. around 3am we randomly ran into each other again and also some random temple students, so we chilled, and had a few drinks. i decided to go finish the night off strong while jake and momo, both seeming dead and wondering where my energy came from (i don’t know either, it’s just the atmosphere right?), decided to just chill and head back to the station early. no scary russian this time.

7/20: on the way back i missed my stop as usual, this time all the way to takao. i woke up and saw “東京行” and was like, what the hell i’m on the wrong train. oh wait, what do you mean まもなく八王子………..fuck fuck fuck. i slept a good 4 hours (T_T) and woke up to take katie shopping in harajuku (i mean after all it was sunday and she was in tokyo to visit, is there a better day?). well, THIS PARTICULAR weekend was laforet’s massive super mega clearance sale bonanza or w/e it was called. we went throughout the entire thing and OH GOD it was ridiculous. imagine this – a 10ft by 12ft store being stormed by over 200 teenagers and a line of about 100 outside – this was EVERY SHOP in the building except like floor 4 (kinda bum-ish clothes) and basement (super goth fashion). i found a shirt i kinda wanted, but it was 30 bucks for fairly flimsy material, so i decided against it. on floor 3.5 there was a high-class male store with pop star fashion stuff “on sale” for about…300 bucks for a pair of jeans. that’s like, armani pricing lol. in any case, i checked out this flashy (literally, it was kinda glittery) black jacket which fit me pretty well and made me look like i was je or something, but at $165~, it was way out of the question. shit, i’d rather have a vw orb locket than another jacket at that price.

after the shopping bonanza, we went back to shinjuku and met up with zac, dan, celine, and her 2 friends to go to yokohama for the 花火大会 that was going on that night. it was extremely crowded but we snuck over on the streets barely out of range of the police forcing people to move out of the way. thank god for being tall, else getting pictures woulda been impossible. celine brought a friend from her modeling job, yui, who when i mentioned “その歌手なユイみたい?” she said that she actually sung herself, in 2 bands, including this (i figure just for fun) female voice lead visual kei band. we connected sooooo well on music it was kind of scary and exciting, as she was the first person i’ve heard to mentioned “stay away” (!!!) and “neo universe” from l’arc en ciel before like…flower. other than watching fireworks, we talked about music alot the entire night. when we got back to shinjuku, celine wanted to do some purikura (due to her kimono) so we went. yui and i were gonna go singing the next day, and by chance celine overheard and said she wanted to go too. we were like uh…yes sure! lol sigh. not that she wasn’t welcome but…sometimes she really was kinda clueless. i couldn’t help but thinking, tomorrow is going to be awkward.

7/21: no school this day due to temple’s one-day-break-a-week-for-some-reason rule. we met up in shinjuku’s west, and set off for shidax, which somehow i had never used before. as expected, AWKWARD TURTLE since yui and i knew all of the songs each other picked and celine…kinda didn’t. she only could sing cherry (YUI, er that is, the singer) with us lol. yui picked ayu’s evolution cause she figured celine would know that song, which i mean, that’s like the only ayu song i know, but she didnt…….so oh well lol. after that we went to curry buffet (!!! awesome) and once again yui and i talked alot about her singing and music…celine didn’t lol >.> i felt so bad afterward but its like…i dont want to do the false-cheese conversation thing to try and include her…だってあいつの興味あることなんてぜんぜん知らなかった。_。

anyway, she went home and yui and i kinda “pretended” we were going home then snuck out of the station to go…gothloli shopping! we were looking for some places (her favorite place seems to have closed down). we were on an escalator and she was like “where the heck is this place” to which i pointed at the spiked and chained “gate” on the escalator up to the 5th floor and said, “uh, you uh, think that’s it maybe?” lol. we went up and down the place, and i actually found a really nice wallet chain that i got there. sadly we didnt keep in touch well until i left, but this is just YET ANOTHER thing i can add to my list of “if only i was in japan long-term…”

overall, another exhausting weekend. but you know what, this was the last truly fun weekend i had in tokyo. the last 2 would be, how do you say…tiresome?

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