So long, and thanks for all the fish

Tonight is my last night in Tokyo (for now), so I’ve decided to treat myself to something I’ve never done before: visit in an aqua park. There’s a reason why I’ve never been to one: I’m against caging wild (or not so wild) animals. So I’m a bit ashamed (especially as I enjoyed it). But I must add that this was also the first time I had ever thought that marine wildlife was so ancient, beautiful, and beyond our understanding. I think places like that might contribute to our knowledge about that what lives in the oceans (by making young people want to become marine biologists).

Anyway, my favorite part of this little trip were jellies.


Out of this world!


There was also a dolphin show. Awesome lighting and sound effects.


P.S. To the Polish couple I met at Nakano Broadway: if you decide to go to Epson Aqua Park, go after five pm. Tickets are cheaper and everything looks so much better after dark! Pozdrowienia! 🙂

Have a nice trip! 

There is something utterly confusing about a toilet telling you to have a nice trip. 

And with toilets here having so many mysterious options,  it kind of feels as if it doesn’t mean trip as in adventure but a very different type of trip. Or maybe that’s just me and my tendency to misunderstand people (and toilets?). 

Now we wish to catch a fish

How about taiyaki and barley tea for dinner? 

Two fishies have some sort of apple filling, one is of a “premium” kind (+10 yen). Premium taiyaki is so much better than apple taiyaki that I actually feel sorry for the latter. 

I ate all three and I think (know) it was too much. Trust me, my precious – never eat that many in one sitting, you’ll regret it. You shall see, oh yes… You shall see. 

So juicysweet! 

You have to massage your husband! 

Just met this extra nice Japanese oldman and we talked about Japan, travels, languages, and the fact that his wife had a massage studio (I got discount!). 

He asked if I had a husband. When I said I was single (decided against specifying I was divorced), he told me that at some point I would have a husband and that I should give this husband massages. OK. So to all of you who are married: massage your husbands 😉 This has got to be the weirdest piece of advice I’ve ever received! All because I helped him with his tray and smiled when he said thank you in English. He said he liked this coffee shop and was a frequent customer which means I might meet him in the future (because I like the place, too)! I’ll have to learn more Japanese by then and do something about my degree because I told him my plans and he was really supportive (for a total stranger) 🙂 

Not a haiku

… but definitely some poetry. And yet there is something missing: No smoking / While walking / No littering / While…? 

Thanks to my lousy Internet connection I’ve created my own version of this Tokyo poem as the photo kept uploading for 10 minutes (!):

No smoking
While walking 
No littering 
While capturing 
– Pokémon



I’ve been in love with Japanese Shinkansen since May and it seems this love is eternal. They are so fast and steady, and so much better than all other means of transport! I would totally ride a shinkansen from Poland to Japan if such an option was available. 

And currently I’m on the Hikari Shinkansen to Kyoto. To buy some green tea there. Because life is full of surprises 🙂 

Car 12, seat 2A

(BTW, I’m going to write a few words about the other half of yesterday’s trip sometime soon, one of my tiny dreams came true on that day!)