What You’ve All Been Waiting For

Here it is, a photo documentary of my weekend life in Tokyo.

For more pictures check my Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_mrwizard/

I’ll start off in Shibuya, at the most frequently crossed intersection in the world.Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

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.

Japanese Nationalists at Shibuya Crossing

Some pictures of the crazy advertising and buildings at the crossing below:

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

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:

Chocolate in JapanChocolate in Shibuya

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:

Meiji Chocolate

Meiji Chocolates

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!

Chikuwa Ten

Then the train took me to my home station: Sangenjaya.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.

Megane 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.

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.

Japanese Parking Lot

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.

Family Mart

(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.

Willing Setagaya

Willing Setagaya

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:


Willing Setagaya

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.

Willing Setagaya

And last, a peek into my room, its a hole right now.




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5 responses to “What You’ve All Been Waiting For

  1. I was searching for pics of Willing Setagaya and found your blog entry. I just found out yesterday that I’ll be living there for the 08-09 JLP year! Did you like living there? Any advice for the next generation of residents? I can’t wait to go to Japan!

  2. Willing is a pretty nice dorm, the location is wonderful. I wasn’t too excited about the resident managers but they’re not bad. I got kind of screwed out of friends because I came in second semester, but if you’re going for fall semester you’ll be good.

  3. Sarah

    Hi! I was just wondering if you were able to choose the dorm you wanted? (Out of all the Keio dorms, Willing Setagaya looks like the nicest one and has all the amenities I’m looking for, mainly the private kitched) I’d settle for Plume Is, but I heard WS is where it’s at! 🙂

    Thanks again!

    • I did choose. Beware the kitchenette is tiny, no stove to speak of and only 1 stove burner. It’s hard to keep much on hand because the fridge is tiny. I was pretty frustrated with the kitchenette but it’s still better than nothin.

  4. JL

    Very cool Mark! You’ve made it so we feel like we’re there.. makes me want to read more photo doc posts now.

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