Tomorrow is a big day, as I go to the local government office (it’s a train and a bus) to register my address and get into the National Health Insurance system. At $20 a month for 100% coverage, I guess I can take a ten-minute bus ride, eh?
A few highlights of the last couple of days, starting with my dinner stop last night: Shimokitazawa. Remember Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora? This was the neighborhood in Tokyo where Sora settled after moving down from Hokkaido, and I’ve wanted to see it ever since seeing the anime. It’s on the Keio Inokashira line in between my guesthouse and the school I’m attending – here’s a short video.
Pretty cool place, though I only skimmed the surface. Had a fantastic meal at the miracle that is kaitenzushi, 7 plates of nigiri for about 12 dollars. There are mediocre conveyor belt sushi places in Tokyo so this is one time when you want to do your homework, but the good ones are amazing value.
One amazing coincidence I neglected to mention… My town in SF was pretty small, maybe 25K people. When I wrote my address on my contract, the guesthouse manager said his parents lived in that town for two years, and he visited them there. Small world, for damn sure.
A few miscellaneous observations:
- Japanese kid wearing an English “Respect the 70s” t-shirt
- Japanese Mom on the train berating her middle-school son on the train for 10 minutes straight for wearing pants that wouldn’t stay up
- Getting off the train at a tiny town to look at an apartment to find Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” playing on the village PA
- Hyouka ED2 playing on the sound system at Lawson’s
- Continual amazement at how good the cheap food is here. Had a 380 yen beef bowl at Sukiya expecting mediocrity, and it was fantastic.