Archive for May 12, 2009

Impressions from yesterday – continuing thought.

May 12, 2009 4 comments

Okay it is right now 8:21AM Tokyo Time, May 13, 2009.. and I feel more awake now. 7:30 and May 12 in EST.

Title is probably based on Jet lag is possibly taking a toll. Still I must go go go! Going to take it a little easier.. but impressions from yesterday..probably my impressions will be bouncing around.. and I am probably very incoherent, but this is a subjective representaiton of a different culture.. and I have to sometimes repeat this to myself, Japan is my first Asain country to visit, even as my cousin in HK asks if I am going to visit, her – I really wish that was the case. Much better there, than my current experiences in Japan with not really speaking Japanese. Even the Japanese handing out tissues know that I am not Japanese and not hand me one.. T_T

Still I realize that it must be a Japanese love or something.. but got to say cell phone technology here is soooo good that I feel cell phone envy already! I am not a cell phone users per se, but I love the rule that you cannot speak on your cell phone in the train, and so I see so many people just doing the silent thing which to me is like texting..but as Rai reminds me…. that Japanese cell phone tech is so much more advanced.. so the train is blessedly silent..

As a foreigner in Japan, it is so hard to avoid bumping into people, but that is a previous bad posture to begin with. Although Rai mentions that Japanese people walk in a very cute way.. Don’t really see it as that. ^_^

Oh and I also happen to think that the restroom situation is sooo cool!

Ahh and it’s off for me to do laundry! I am right now going to upload photos as we speak.. no pictures for this entry tho.. ^_^

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Impressions of Nakano Broadway – First Day of Shopping

May 12, 2009 7 comments


Warning, this is NOT a picture of me!!!!!!!! I found this picture on Flickr!

I think sometimes this vacation of mine, is an elaborate shopping trip. (sighs). Yep so this morning I woke up at 5am. Will try to adjust to the time change asap, but it is going to be hard on my family who is also in a time change of their own, and I call them at really bad hours.

Anyhow this is what kinda happened in a long winded food nutshell. Profound impressions/issues, I need to write them, when I don’t feel like I want to collapse. >_<

After seeing Rai off to work, walked really early to Nakano Braodaway.You would have to be an anime lover to really enjoy this place.. and not mentally scream at seeing favored products.

Ate at McDonald’s hot dog for breakfast.Walked to Nakano Broadway. Stopped by Family Mart – brought drinks. Then stopped by another Drink Vending Machine – brought Hot Coco. Nakano Broadway was pretty deserted, so I walked there, stopped and brought an onigri, stopped and waiting for the store to open up, ate a slightly more filling breakfast at Cafe Miyama. Waited for there for about a half and hour. Stores weren’t really opened so went to  downstairs, had a pineapple crepe. Had one of the best Takoyaki ever a while later. Then got Welch’s grape juice for a pretty low price!

Finally stores began to open up, and I went to Mandarake for the first time, and man what an experience it was.. so this is what I got from Madarake area today.

  • Two tea cups for about 350 yen.
  • Disney Puzzle – Am contemplating on going back again to buy another or two puzzles!
  • Luffy, Brooke, Carue, Franky, Chopperman Figurines.. with my eyes set on obtaining Shanks and Portuges D. Ace as well. >_< . Refer here for info and pictures! Nearly broke the piggy bank on this one. Definitely spent over close to $500 for five figurines. Moy said to have at least enough money to go back to the U.S. and yes, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t go nuts on this second day of Japan.
  • Sailor Moon Art book Vol 1. So sad that I cannot find more of this out of print collector’s set. Would still hope to find it!
  • Sailor Moon cards –  KareKano cards -Evangelion cards… omg I know that I would have doubles.. but my god.. the cards and sets! Contemplating on going back for either more Sailor Moon sets or Yu Yu Hakusho.

Walked back to Rai’s aparto after this, and I felt like an granny. It was so heavy and very hot. I hate the fact that I packed the wrong type of clothing.. >_< It felt like 80’s June-July weather! Also my bag broke, so now I am hefting around things, in a plastic bag.. >_<

Got lost for a while, and was thinking, where was I? Finally made it back up here. Went and ordered from

Two Dr. Slump Collector’s Set DVD
Black Lagoon Shen Hua figure.. >_<

Spoke with iceblueaya for a bit. Then rushed to meet up with Rai at Shinjuki, where we went to that gigantic Kino! I was so excited. Got another book! Had Okonomiyaki for dinner at this self-making resturaunt. I had buta flavored, and Rai had Squid flavor – pretty delicious.

We left by train, but before that had Green Tea flavor Taiyaki! Was crisper than Mitsuwa, have a fear that I won’t be able to compare things afterward w/o thinking of Nipon flavors.. T_T

Exhausted, but still moving! Well tomorrow would be another bigger day.

Food and purchases… ah such is life! Oh and I am not going to try the UFO machines, since I worry about wasting more money than not.

Have to figure out how to send things back to 801megane. Also going to Otome Road tomorrow night with Rai…quite excited! I know I need to upload pictures to Flickr, and I will tomorrw when I feel more rested.. >_<

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