Here it is, a photo documentary of my weekend life in Tokyo.
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I’ll start off in Shibuya, at the most frequently crossed intersection in the world.
Next we can show off a group of Nationalists using a loudspeaker to inform all of these people that every Japan shouldn’t be dealing with all these countries like America and Germany. It’s a neat picture of the Japanese flag.
Some pictures of the crazy advertising and buildings at the crossing below:
Here’s Hachiko, the statue of the faithful dog that waited for his owner everyday for some years at Shibuya Station. Now a popular meeting spot for just about anyone.
Next: Food and Goodies. I went to this small little chocolatier in Shibuya Station and bought this, and took some photos:
I sat down and had it and some crappy Starbucks coffee whilst looking at this neat view:
And then, there’s the notorious Don Quixote store chain which sells everything, but I just grabbed some pics of some of their snackfoods (constructed for otaku). For those of you who can’t read Japanese, that says something about something, then DoN.KiHo-Te
This is what most of the mess inside the store looks like:
I bought some Macadamia Chocolates, they were pretty alright:
On the way home I stopped at a noodle shop in the station because they’re really cheap and really filling. It’s like traditional Japanese fast food. I ordered Chikuwa Ten, which is like deep fried fish paste with some noodles and soup. Yum!
Then the train took me to my home station: Sangenjaya.
Next we have some of the buildings I see everyday, some of which I buy things at, some of which I just find amusing. First: The shadiest Hakucho parlor in Sangenjaya… It’s in a parking lot.
Then we have the 250 yen bar, which serves beer out of a beer machine. Cheapest around!
It’s hiding, inconspicuously down these steps:
I bought food from this pre-prepared, package it yourself food place. It’s like a to-go cafeteria. Pretty expensive but very decent quality. I think it’s supposed to say Ku-I-Shin, which would be Cuisine, but I’m not sure, it’s a weird script.
A megane store. Which is kind of funny, because it’s written megane store in both roman characters and katakana… So you’ve got an english word in roman letters and katakana (store), and a Japanese word in roman letters and katakana (megane). Anyway, It’s a glasses store.
This next place changes what they sell every other week or so, not sure how that works…
These next two places are discount markets. The first picture has a storekeeper in it who pretty much yells “Raaashai, Rashai rashai” all day. That’s like an abbreviated version of “Irashaimase” which carries the same meaning as, “Welcome to our store” in English.
Next is our nearest Sushi take-out place, Chiyoda Sushi.
Then one of our two main nearby super markets, Marufuji. It reminds me a lot of Food Lion. (2012 Edit: This supermarket is no longer there)
The next store has the best name ever, “Smile” In japanese it’s “SuMaIRu” See the happy face? The kanji on the far left is “Kusuri” which means medicine, I guess they sell some drugs too? Haha who knew.
This is a typical Japanese parking lot. It has four spaces, and is coin operated.
And our friendly neighborhood Family Mart. Family Mart is one of the most common “Combini” or Convenient Stores in Japan. They’re open 25! hours a day (kidding), and they sell tons of stuff, from preprepared food, snack food, magazines, some groceries, up to beer, wine, and liquor.
(2012 Edit: The dorm shown in the following pictures has been demolished.)
Here’s the front of my dorm and the name plate which reads eh.. I don’t feel like transcribing it directly, but it basically is the equivalent sounds of “Willing” in English.
Here’s Joel, one of my dorm-mates. He’s at the moment of this picture a self-proclaimed “Hungover Intellectual” doing homework and nursing a hangover in the “Hungover Intellectual Corner” of the Willing Setagaya ground-floor lounge. He’s drinking Nestle Iced Coffee (ew) and doing Level 12 (out of 12) homework for Keio Japanese Language Program. He’s from Sweden, and sorry ladies, he’s taken.
Disturbed and Hungover:
Next we have the 2nd floor lounge. By the decorations maybe you can tell what sort of activities were being observed on the television, and by whom. And who won.
And last, a peek into my room, its a hole right now.