Just came back from a short jog through the streets of Tokyo after a typhoon (#16). It’s not raining anymore and temperature is perfect (somewhere between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius). Loved every second of it. It’s so quiet and peaceful outside and I really needed a break (listening on repeat to that made me wanna go on some quest instead of finishing my work).
I should’ve taken a photo of empty streets. Instead I can only post a photo of my poor shoes.
(Earlier today the same typhoon forced me to buy an umbrella – felt like admitting defeat but it was either that or getting drenched to the skin.)
It’s because I started writing this post yesterday but a bunch of things happened (some of these things called work, other – Netflix) so yeah… The title doesn’t fit anymore. But it did yesterday, around 9 or 10 pm.
Also, there was another earthquake yesterday. I’m starting to get used to them (not sure if that’s a good thing). Don’t like the feeling, though: kinda reminds me of airplane turbulence or drive in a very old car (with terrible shock absorbers). I’m prone to motion sickness so these earthquakes make me a little bit sick (fortunately, none of them lasted longer than one minute).
Anyway, I managed to do some shopping before the rain started falling and earth started shaking 😉 This time I went a little crazy. I bought:
snacks (because life is boring without snacks)
a piece of watermelon (unfortunately, fruit are expensive here)
and last but not least, buns and chocolate cream!
I almost ended up buying black caviar instead of chocolate cream because: no Japanese. But I used my brain cells and concluded from its placement in the fish part of the store that that the probability of this being chocolate was close to zero. And found chocolate cream few minutes later standing next to jam 🙂
I’ve been cooped out indoors all day and I’m running out of things to do. I cleaned the apartment, made and ate a “real” meal, put the trash out, prepared all the details for my new project, worked on the said project, insect-proofed the apartment, rearranged the furniture a bit, saw the typhoon come and go, watched a good movie (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai), listened to some music, watched ten episodes of an anime series in a single sitting (Servamp), and made two sets of plans for tomorrow (one set for a rainy day and one set for a sunny day). And I’m tellin’ you, if this day doesn’t end soon, I’m gonna lose it.
I think it’s time for a nice and calming shower. And if that doesn’t help, I’m gonna do the laundry.
OK, so I was going to post a picture of my apartment slash room slash kitchen yesterday but I was dead tired and went to sleep after going through my suitcase like a lunatic (couldn’t find my towel – I swear I put it on a top when packing) so I have only one semi-good photo of my apartment (= not littered with my stuff). I’m sitting on my bed here so there is also a bed and a clothes rack on my left + a tiny shower room slash toilet. And while I love my A/C unit (trying not to think about its impact on the environment…), I loathe my fridge! It’s making strange noises all the time (kicking it helps but after 10 to 15 minutes it starts yelling again)! I had to wear earplugs to be able to sleep (and slept 16 hours…). BUT I also have a balcony which is awesome bc I will be able to “experience” Tokyo from above while working on my computer (on not-rainy and not-that-hot days).
It’s raining pretty hard today so I’ll probably just stay in and unpack (properly). I also have to learn how to use my air conditioner (my agent gave me a translation of the remote control but it’s still not easy to identify various Japanese characters) AND how to dispose of household garbage in a Japanese way (fortunately, I have a manual in English). I also got a how-not-to-get-mildewed manual because apparently that’s a real threat.
Oh, and I also caught a Pokémon in my apartment because Japanese Pokémon!!