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Met Ai as she picked up keys for her new apartment, so I got to see what an actual Tokyo apartment is like. *eek* Along the way we stopped by a supermarket, and I got market sushi. Fairly good, for $6. And a pretty complete set of nigiri: salmon, tuna, roe, egg, eel, others, probably like 60 cents a piece.

Then back to Ichigaya, finishing my sushi (but not eating on the train itself, wasn't sure if that'd be rude), to meet the family friend, who founded Ishi Press, then Kiseido. We played Go twice, 9 stone handicap for my 10 kyu (at last stable rank) vs. his 6 dan (amateur, when he last played regularly). I lost around 50-30 the first game, got advice I knew but wasn't applying on cutting and connecting, and not trying to be too clever on certain opening stuff, and lost the second game by a point, much stronger play. And we talked a lot, about each other and my parents, esp. my mother, but that's all for my private journal.

Later dinner at Yoshinoya. No tea dispenser. No water dispenser for that matter. I did get tea by asking for it.

So, to make up for two dull entries, I'll throw in some random stuff.
* train ride from the airport: passed through rural areas, bleak buildings, interspersed with neon blue roofs. Maybe I mentioned that already, but still stays with me.
* no fat people. Biggest I've seen is kind of chubby and stout.
* the sea of black hair gets to me after a while. I haven't seen any exotic dyes, just some girls with dimly reddish hair, like Youko in taika form. *drawings* of people, like ads on the subway, those may be blonde or bright green.
* Japan seems a strong argument against "government doesn't work". Apart from the navigation insanity, the city seems well designed -- beautiful subway system, lots of maps and signage to deal with navigation (but not, you know, actually giving names and predictable numbers to every street and building), signs giving distances to things as in "foobar, 80 meters".

* oh yeah, fashion. I haven't noticed anything special with the guys, and I don't think that's just my being insensitive to male appearance. Well, I have noticed a few older men in traditional dress. But some of the girls... I don't think I've seen full blown elaborate gothic lolitas, but I've seen lots of heels, often shiny, lots of knee-high or thigh-high socks, what strike me as odd combinations such as mundane short shorts and thigh-high socks in the heat. And streetwalker girl -- right, I should go edit Sunday's entry.

* gripe GORRAM INTERNET CAN'T CONNECT TO SERVER GARBAGE ARRGH

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aiwritingfic
Aug. 19th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Japan seems a strong argument against "government doesn't work".
YES.
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