I’m still very much in tourist mode, but I sort of feel as if I became a real resident today – I got my first shoe locker, and my first commuter pass.
Be it ever so humble, my guesthouse near Kichijoji at least feels a bit more like a home than the hotel did – and it’ll tide me over till I find an apartment anyway. I’m somewhat proud of myself for managing to navigate my way through three transfers with two enormous bags on wheels, a laptop bag and a backpack at the tail end of rush hour. Also, for managing to locate both my language school and my apartment using the Byzantine Tokyo address system (street names are basically useless). Learning, albeit slowly.
My one excursion of the day was a trip to Parco, in Shibuya. Why a department store, you ask? No, I’m not a shopoholic – though Japanese depattos are a tourist attraction in themselves (especially the food halls) but the sixth floor there is dedicated to pop culture, mainly anime. And of course, that’s where the NoitaminA store (no photos allowed) is. That’s holy ground for me – they have a “wall of fame” showing all the NoitaminA series, and it really brings home how many great shows have aired on the block over the years. And yes, they still have a good supply of Tsuritama stock on hand.