I’ve never been afraid of wild animals (except for bears but hey, bears can easily kill you!). So imagine my surprise when I felt terror at the sight of a small turtle. In my own defense I must say that it was one spooky turtle…
OK, maybe not that spooky.
But let’s get back to the beginning of my day. Meeting the turtles happened somewhere towards the end of it.
I’m not sure if I’ve told you this, but I got rid of my sleeping problems (hopefully for good). So now I have mornings! To celebrate, I spent the entire morning watching a certain Taiwanese drama that started off great (for a Taiwanese drama ;)) but quickly went downhill. I blame hormones for the fact that it moved me to tears a couple of times! So if you’re here because you are looking for a review of Easy Fortune, Happy Life – I’m not sure what to tell you. First episodes were great, the rest – not so much. I liked the heroine. Male lead is hot but his acting was poor and his character is so much worse than his rival that I wanted him to die some terrible death. I want some happiness for Dong Jie. And for Yan Yang. These two made it watchable. But still, I probably won’t ever rewatch this.
I went out around 3 pm (this time to avoid scorching heat, and not because of Netflix) to 木場公園都市緑化植物園, a botanical garden in Kiba Park. I was a bit disappointed with the quality of this botanical garden. I kinda understand why there is no entrance fee. It’s more like a botanical patch in a medium-sized park.
So the garden was a bit of a bust, but maybe it’s because of the weather or the fact that it’s September? Who knows. However, I liked the park. It’s a nice place, especially for runners. Lots of vending machines (= water) and tracks with cute distance markers.
Tons of people (of all ages) working out and running. Awesome!
One more thing I liked about Kiba Park was that:
Huge bridge connecting two parts of the park. As I said before, I’m not a fan of bridges, but this one is so massive that it’s impossible to not feel safe here. Unless there is an earthquake. OK, mind, why would you do that?! I refuse to do listen to my treacherous thoughts. Let’s talk about turtles.
Okay, long story short: after Kiba Park I went to Kameido Tenjin Shrine. There is something you should know about this particular shrine: it’s a home to lots of turtles (and carps, but that’s irrelevant to the story). You can usually watch them from the bridges over Shinjiike pond in the shrine grounds.
(I love this place.)
I paid my respects to the god of learning (because one should never anger the god of learning) and decided to spend some time watching turtle from my favorite platform. Suddenly, I heard this unsettling noise somewhere near my feet. I looked down and saw it: a small turtle crawling out from under the railing and towards me. (This is where I should add that it was getting dark.) It did not respond to my voice and when I took a step back, it followed me. Freaky! Somehow, it reminded me of zombie which made this situation so much worse. But being a child of modern era, I still recorded the crazy guy:
Few minutes later a middle-aged sararīman showed up and started taking pictures saying that this was sugoi (I agree)! He also asked where it came from but my stupid brain understood the question too late, after I already told him that I did not speak Japanese. He left me with the turtle (by then I was sort-of ok with it and a bit afraid that someone would come and crush it) but came back after 5 minutes. I think he used that time to check some English sentences on his phone because he asked me where I came from and about the duration of my stay (I think…). He was really surprised to see that the turtle was following me (it’s a good thing that he did not hear me chatting with it about the dangers of staying on a sidewalk) so he took more pictures and went home saying “bye bye” and bowing his thanks (I think he recorded the turtle and me, walking together). Few minutes after he was gone I heard more rustling and another turtle started crawling towards me. I didn’t want to touch them (because wild animals!) and I had no food to lure them into returning to water so I spent fifteen minutes encouraging them verbally to get off the sidewalk. Finally, they relented. And now I think I’m a turtle whisperer (or a turtle bait). This was a bizarre experience!
On my way back I decided that I’m completely unprepared for hot weather, so I went shopping. Bought a yoga T-shirt (so expensive!) I already love, cotton pants (I really hope that they are not pajama pants!), and a nifty handbag described as a “multi-functional shoulder.” Fortunately, I did not bring more money with me – I found a shopping mall and that could’ve ended with me being broke.
I also bought groceries – this time I managed to spot butter! Everything that was not butter was cheese and they usually write English “cheese” on cheese 🙂 I think I’ve mastered my process of elimination skills! And as at 8:30 pm it was still close to 30℃, I also bought some ice cream (not that good, but still cold!) 🙂
And these eco-thingies here are wet towels. You get them every time you buy food. At some restaurants they give you “real” wet towels (by real I mean cloth), at pubs, burger joints, and Starbucks you get these paper towels. I think it is great. Kudos to Japan!