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Days Four and Five

Get the latest pictures, including some video clips from Shibuya at night.

We slept in yesterday and spent a leisurely afternoon shopping at Takashimaya Times Square here in Shinjuku. First was the Kinokuniya bookstore, where thedreadpilot got a GT car magazine. On the foreign languages floor I got Volume 2 of a kanji workbook I have, a Giongo/Gitaigo (Japanese mimetic expressions) textbook, and Breaking into Japanese Literature: Seven Modern Classics in Parallel Text. On the children's books floor, I got a cute easy book titled ミフィーのおばけごっこ (Miffy's Ghost Make-believe), a slightly more sophisticated one titled とん ことり, and a totally gorgeous larger one titled 雲の信号 (Cloud Signal) by Kenji Miyazawa. That last one includes furigana with the kanji, fortunately for me.

Yesterday it rained and we discovered several neat accommodations for umbrellas around here. Outside large buildings you'll find umbrella dryers, parallel fabric pads that you can twist your umbrella between to get at least some of the water off. Or you might find a stand where you stick your umbrella in a hole, pull it out, and presto—your wet umbrella's encased in a plastic bag. Just inside you might find umbrella lockers, where you can secure your umbrella in a stand for about 100 yen.

There's a new movie that opened here today, Sengoku 1549, that looks exciting. Samurai + attack helicopters = fun! We're going to see if we can see it while we're over here sometime.

Further up in Takashimaya, I got a Gackt CD at HMV, we saw what might be the smallest table saw ever in Tokyu Hands, and signs exhorted us to enjoy a line of motorcycles called the Pentagon for the big five-sided speakers on their sides. We dined at Xenlon, a Chinese restaurant here in the hotel. The service left something to be desired; it wasn't worth the high prices. Give me P.F. Chang's, thanks.

Today we wandered around in Shinjuku Mylord and Keio department store, and we ate at a little hole-in-the-wall place with a menu I couldn't read much of (the waitress suggested the time-honored tradition of pointing to the pictures of various dishes advertised out on the sidewalk in front of the establishment) and good dumplings. We took the subway over to Shibuya to stand among the sea of people at the famous intersection.

Random fashion observations:
  • Today I saw three completely separate women who looked to be in their 60s, around Shinjuku, with lavender hair.
  • Fluttery skirts over pants are a popular look with young women here.
  • Parasols are fairly common when it's sunny out.



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Jun. 13th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
Yay for lavendar hair and parasols. [grin] I sort of want to try the latter in the sun, but feel a bit pretentious about it, even if I am pale. By sheerest chance, I was in Seattle's Kinokuniya yesterday as well. I was really thrilled to find out that we had one -- that's a real and significant chance to improve my Japanese.
Jun. 18th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
Your site is very cognitive. I think you will have good future.:)
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