No longer an Earthquake Virgin

Last night at around 11pm, I was snacking and chatting with a friend… Then my apartment floor began to shake. It was a subtle one… I froze for five seconds then started typing to my friend “Shit, earthquake!” She was like, “OMFG Hide under a desk!” At the moment, I was thinking, should I stay indoor or escape? I totally forgot the instructions on the goddamn emergency manual, which I had read before coming. I was about to grab the earthquake kit that my mother packed for me (which was a carry-on luggage with all the survival essentials. But since I got here, it’s mostly occupied by my new shopping goodies.. I guess it’d still be useful to keep myself warm with layers of new clothes :D)… Then it stopped. The entire thing lasted for less than 40 seconds… and I told my friend “False alarm, not a quake.” Maybe it’s a hallucination caused by the plum wine that I was drinking.

Then I told this to my colleagues during lunch today. And they were like…

OH you didn’t know? >>Apparently there was an earthquake in Tokai area today.

So this is your first time?!  >>”Well,  I was a earthquake virgin, so what?” I told them, “there was none during my time in Vancouver… although rumor says our time is due, and there’ll be a high magnitude one in the future.”

Really, but earthquakes happen so often in Japan… We already had several during February. >>What? So I’ve been missing out the entire time? At least this is the first one that I could identify as an earthquake.

They are just so used to earthquakes that they didn’t even talk about until I brought it up.

I think this is the one that I felt last night… I was looking at the JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency) website, holy crap, there were so many earthquakes happening in a day.

Anyhow, I should re-pack my emergency kit and brush up on some earthquake survival knowledge. I just realized I didn’t know the Japanese of “Earthquake”, here it is- アースクエーク (a-su-kue-ku)


Today’s lunch I had chirashi sushi (ちらし寿司), basically just sashimi and seaweed on top of sushi rice. The difference between Chirashi Sushi and regular Sashimi Don is it has vinegar in the rice =o=;;

It’s the best lunch I’ve had in my company’s canteen. The set even came with miso soup+cute colourful tofu balls and red bean Mochi for dessert. This is actually a seasonal special lunch for the Hina-Matsuri festival 雛祭り that is going to be on March 3rd << I mentioned it before, it’s Girl’s Festival… and this weekend I’m gonna go see the Hina-Ningyo dolls at Gajoen 雅叙園 ,a traiditional wedding place in Japan.

Dinner tonight at 仵屋 after Jap lesson...

Their handmade udon tasted just like the udon that I buy (99yen /3 packs)...

Walked past this "conveyer belt" sushi place... Since I already had sushi for lunch, I went for udon instead.

And this Sushi place too.... this one is standing only. But still very crowded...

Some Sushi Etiquette for you… Keep those tips in mind when you visit a Sushi-ya next time =P


Before dinner, I did some window shopping... I need a new pair of sneakers... the pair I have now is ripped. I've always wanted New Balance Classic XD Woot, paycheque in a week!

And my favorite store- Village Vanguard. An awesome store that sells funny/weird things. Many jap ppl crowded around this TV playing a animated show called "peeping life"...

Cute emoji cups...

Lego bento boxes

A sandwich bento box... damn, I wanna be a Japanese elementary kid now

Tai-yaki coin pouch

Want to get one for my brother.... I actually wanna throw a real one at him XD

Let me check the dictionary...

I love this Science/DIY magazine... They have many cool DIY kits.. I bought a Twin lens reflex camera kit on ebay before...

Books section.... so many cool books... I wish I know how to read jap.

I used to like him a lot, before his suicide attempt and turning himself like a hobo now...

A famous Jap photographer's book...

I just stood there, watching Doraemon for 10 mins....

Last but not least, Dora-yaki that my colleague brought from her business trip...


Can’t wait to visit those museums over the weekend… hope the weather will be nice (all indoor, so not that it matters anyway).

Interactive Arts Exhibition:


Parasitological Museum:


3 thoughts on “No longer an Earthquake Virgin

  1. ya, my Chinese co-worker (who was in Japan for 10 years & speak fluent Jap) told me Japan is shaking everyday… but you only feel it once in a while…

    What other virgin are you? i know you are not clubbing virgin or Rocky Horror virgin.

  2. ~iv says:

    aww… are you ok?? freaked out?? i guess if it’s only a small one then it’s shouldnt be too dangerous… hope you didnt tell ur mom LOL she might want you to go home now… why didnt you take a pic of the sashimi rice with colorful tofus??? XD love your shopping pictures! have fun this weekend! cant wait to read about it! good break from studying for my midterm… T_T

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s