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==drakulya==
20 October 2014 @ 08:49 pm
After another lovely breakfast, I moved out of my host’s place and went to Phil’s to sort my bags. Ended up staying there all day watching anime because I was too lazy to explore anymore, haha. In the late evening I went back to Ebisu to get my bike and rode it up to Fiona’s place… 9km, sheesh. I should be getting pretty good at cardio after all this biking. The three of us had one last sushi dinner before I leave for my “journey” tomorrow, as my supervisor put it. I’ll miss having them to hang out with, but I’m glad I’ll finally be able to go somewhere other than Tokyo.
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==drakulya==
19 October 2014 @ 08:49 pm
We left the house a little later today, but I still spent literally half the day out. My host went shopping at Shinjuku so I went there as well with her and I wandered around the vicinity of the station, browsing the ridiculous number of shops and buying a couple of things that caught my fancy. My aim was to buy clothes for next year buuuut of course I ended up buying other stuff too, lol. Anyway, after I got bored of shopping I went to Kinokuniya to read for a few hours before heading to dinner with my fellow med students and supervisor’s family, which turned out to be really fun! For one thing the food was pretty great (and it was a buffet) and for another, the company was lovely. Everyone got along well, we all had stories to share and it was all very interesting. Very glad to have met everyone here.
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==drakulya==
18 October 2014 @ 08:48 pm
My host had to be somewhere all day, so we left the house at about 9am and I wandered around the block a bit on my bike before deciding my thighs were way too tired to bike all day. Instead, I took a leisurely stroll to the flea market at Ohi Racecourse, meeting Phil at the train station on the way, and had a simple lunch from the convenience store before he arrived. The market itself was pretty big and obviously full of used goods, but we came across some good stuff – lovely film cameras for 3000 yen, gaming consoles and games (from which I bought a copy of FF7… that I can’t play on my PAL PS2 lol) and some great kitchenware. After we were done there we headed to Aoyama to go suit shopping for him, though we didn’t find much until we hit the Shibuya area. There he ended up getting a 3DS of all things LOL. I myself went to Uniqlo and got some basics but yeah, a productive shopping day for all.
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==drakulya==
17 October 2014 @ 08:47 pm
I made it back to my hostel at about 5:30am, after getting the first train home. Jumped into bed and got up at 9am feeling surprisingly well-rested considering I only had like 3.5 hours of sleep. Anyway, I checked out of the hostel and left my large bag there, but took my laptop with me and biked to the hospital to meet up with the other students. The other Australian student is from Griffith – pretty interesting that we had so many Australians in this hospital recently! After lunch Dilhumor let me into the library, where I bummed around online for a while before finally taking my bike to Ebisu where I’d meet my host later. Of course first I had to get my bags, so I went back to Asakusa… and received an email about apparently having dinner with one of our supervisors from the hospital… who didn’t reply to us until too late. After all that waiting around I was pretty much just on time to meet my host, which I did later that evening! She was really nice and there was even a place to park my bike. Score.
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==drakulya==
16 October 2014 @ 08:46 pm
I went to get my bike from Phil’s place today, and rode it to Kagurazaka to check the place out. It ended up being mostly food and some clothing stores for older women, so that was a bit disappointing. Still, while I was wandering around I went into an ink art gallery display that was staffed by old ladies who seemed very happy that a young person was interested in their stuff. Had to extend myself a bit with my Japanese skills but I got there in the end, and they were kind enough to get the artist there to draw me a souvenir simple ink picture which was very cute. So that was really nice. After that I rode the bike back to Asakusa, packed my bags and headed out for karaoke in Shibuya… which then turned into karaoke near Fiona’s place since it was cheaper and included a longer period of time. And thus began a night of endless singing…
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==drakulya==
15 October 2014 @ 10:10 pm
It was raining today, so I postponed leaving the hostel and ended up doing some torrenting before I left – boy, I’m glad I did! The speed is pretty darn fast in the morning when nobody is there, so I managed to finish downloading Hannibal and 2 anime series today. Successsss. Headed out at about 11am with the plan to go to Yanaka, but got distracted by a Book-Off for several hours… then had katsudon for lunch. I walked a little more but the rain wouldn’t stop and my shoes were getting wet so I ended up turning back and going back to the hostel. By then it was almost 3pm anyway, so I had a relaxing afternoon sitting in bed writing fanfiction and chatting to friends.
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==drakulya==
14 October 2014 @ 10:10 pm
I was going to go get my bike from Phil’s place, but decided just to rent one from near the hostel since that would cost the same as the train ride and the next few days might rain. I rode to Ryogoku to check out the sumo museum and saw a bunch of sumo wrestlers hanging out, which was interesting. Then I rode towards Tokyo station to exchange my rail pass and biked around the Imperial Gardens. Such a lovely day out. I’m glad I had another chance to bike around there. Then I had lunch near Kudanshita (a delicious bowl of chirashidon) and had a look at Yasukuni shrine. The thing with biking around, although convenient, is that parking can be a problem – I almost got ticketed at Ryogoku when a parking inspector came around literally as I locked up my bike. Needless to say, I unlocked my bike again and got outta there. Anyway, got back to the hostel at about 4pm, returned the bike and proceeded to relax in the common room. Used up my onions and potatoes in a sad sad dinner. Why do I even try to cook sometimes…
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==drakulya==
13 October 2014 @ 10:09 pm
Got up early this morning to go with my parents to Nippori so that they could take the train to the airport. We took a taxi to Mejiro, and from there it was pretty smooth sailing thanks to the fact that there were no subway lines so escalators and elevators were aplenty. I think my parents were pleasantly surprised too, because on the way to our first place we didn’t think to take a taxi and getting to the subway line was quite torturous. I bid them a teary farewell at Nippori and then headed back to the apartment to tidy up, work on my budget and organize other things. I have less money left than I expected… so I’ll try to budget what I spend from now on, but I suspect I may have to top up my travel money card too. It’s amazing how fast money goes when you don’t monitor spending, like in the past week. At around midday I lugged my stuff to Khaosan hostel and after some distress to my poor shoulders, made it there. Phew. Looks like I’m going to be staying in tomorrow though, what with the typhoon and heavy rains and all.
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==drakulya==
12 October 2014 @ 10:09 pm
I left Kyoto early today in order to make it in time for Spark9 at Tokyo Big Sight. It was a pretty weird feeling to hop on a train and be in Tokyo in a couple of hours, but that’s shinkansen for you. Met up with Fiona over there and we had the time of our lives (well, our inner fangirls did at least) browsing the numerous halls filled with doujinshi of all the popular anime, both current and older. We both bought a couple of things – I would have bought way more if I had the money or the luggage weight for it, but of course I don’t and I don’t think it’s worth it to buy more luggage weight just to take back more doujinshi. Now if I lived here… that would be a different story. Anyway, afterwards I headed to our accommodation for the night and was joined by my parents, who had stayed in Kyoto a bit longer to see some more sights, in the evening. We had curry for dinner which we all enjoyed a lot and then picked up our luggage from Phil’s place. Parents leaving tomorrow, wahhh.
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==drakulya==
11 October 2014 @ 10:08 pm
Today we did a sightseeing trip around Kyoto which ended up being much better than I expected. I had dreaded going to Kinkakuji and all those other places I’d already been to like twice, but this time we hit all the places that I hadn’t been to yet (Rengo-en AKA Sanjusanshitsu, Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama) so I enjoyed myself a lot. I must say, the places today beat all the other places I’ve been to in Kyoto (except maybe Kiyomizudera) – Rengo-en in particular has amazing atmosphere and some great statues and history. My parents and I agreed that tomorrow they would hit the places I’ve already been to while I head off for Tokyo early, so that works out quite well. We had teppanyaki for dinner again but in a nicer place this time that had pretty huge portions but for some reason started salting things more as the night went on, but dad wanted to have yakisoba again so it was good that we managed to find another teppanyaki place. Got 3 orders of yakisoba, lol, so we were all quite satisfied.
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