As I was reading comment left by someone completely unrelated to me about the blog, I was suddenly struck with an inspirational moment. I am going to include a Picture of The Day in my blogs! Don’t get too excited folks, I just thought a picture is worth a thousand words and there are so many moments in my days here when I will pass something and think, I wish my friends or family could see this. Like there is a hotel I pass everytime I go to the Club (Tokyo American Club TAC) called Hotel Glanz and I don’t know why (well, I really do know why) but it just makes me smile. There’s also another place of business near my apartment called Brain(s). I keep envisioning that scene from Young Frankenstein when (Eye-Gore) is trying to steal a brain for his master. Anyhow here is the PoD for today:
The Dog Salon
I think I may have mentioned in previous blog about Japan being the capital of pet pamperment. I was walking around after lunch with a new newbie to the area and we passed this pet salon on our way to coffee. Evidently this is a form of decorative dog tattoo. If you ask me, people here have really taken the whole “I Heart Whatever” business way too far. A lot of these dogs have better lives than some of the children in rural villages but I think that goes without saying. I can’t even imagine what something like this costs.
Prior to this I had my 2nd session of aqua aerobics, but prior to that I was reading my girlfriend’s comment on my blog and her continuing saga with exercise-related pain. This is my Our Town moment when I break the 4th wall: “Debra, I think this is God’s way of telling you to give up Fast Twitch and buy some aqua gloves and a fanny pack and join the rest of us.” Of course she won’t. Debra is my Korean sister from another mister, but don’t get me wrong, she’s Caucasion…. like Michigan caucasion, BUT she loves her some Korean food. I have recently been on a search for a place to get my Korean fix here in Tokyo. Not much luck. Today, Angela (the other newbie to Tokyo) asked if I wanted to try her place so I said sure.
This is for you Debra:
- Set Menu for Lunch
My standards for this tofu dish is very high, and this restaurant’s version was average. It’s been so long since I have had my usual dish, I think I am started to idealize it now… you know, like an ex-boyfriend from a long time ago… but I digress.
This dish will always be linked to my Sunday lunches with Atlanta friends. Sometimes girls sometimes boys, always Debra.
One of my favorite words in the dictionary is companion. When you study its derivations it literally means “A person you break bread with.”
BTW, in true Japanese style, we each received a huge paper bib to put on to prevent any stains on our clothes.
The Other Stuff:
This is FYI for people thinking about moving here. There seems to be no consensus on whether or not coffee makers work. I have heard of some people bringing them from the States and they work fine. I brought our Keurig and it wouldn’t heat up and is therefore useless for me. If anyone has any nifty uses for K-Cups please feel free to comment.
Before coming to Japan, I don’t think I mentioned anything about the Expat Forum which I joined on the internet. It has reflected the live community I have encountered since being here. This is the website:
The nice thing about the website is there is actually a well reviewed app for iPhone users. Makes it all very handy to communicate.
Computers. I was concerned that my laptop would not work, but was very relieved to find that not only does my laptop work fine, but so does my iPad and I am downloading a ton of stuff through iTunes. I swear, those people at Apple will not let you have any problems finding them.
I should mention that my Bose radio however does not seem to pick up any stations. I do have another machine which I purchased at Costco as speaker plus radio unit for my iPod and it does pick up a Japanese radio station.
That’s all I have to say for now. I miss my friends and family everyday, but for the first time I am starting to feel like my new life is beginning to take form. Thank you for reading and staying in touch.
Until next time…
(I <3 U)