I’d never been to Yokohama, so I thought it’d be fun to check out. I didn’t see the black ships but I did see Yokohama’s Chinatown, and got a sense for why this considered the most international of Japanese cities. There’s a lot of Western architecture and the Chinese influence is very strongly felt.
I was feeling pretty run down by the time I got back to Tokyo, so I thought I’d make my first visit to a cat café as a Tokyo resident. Calico in Kichijoji is one of my favorites, and only one stop from my guesthouse. Here’s a video:
I love cats… Here’s a short clip that features an interesting supporting cat at the caff.
After dinner in Kichijoji (note my restaurant, above) I faced the prospect of buying laundry detergent for the first time here. One of the things I love about being in Japan is that it could hardly be more different than America, and all the things that have become second-nature become adventures again. That’s what it’ like when you’re a kid – a little unsettling, but exciting, because you’re constantly learning how to do things for the first time. It’s a pretty special thing to get a second chance at rediscovering life, but that’s what a move like this is in many ways.
Tomorrow, we try to open a bank account…