Solo in Tokyo Part 2: Shibuya

Shibuya in the afternoon... Taken from the train station.

After visiting Meguro last Saturday, I went to Shibya. It was only several stations away. The train station was so huge and I was lost (I wish I have a GPS built into my head). Took me 10 mins to find the Hachiko Exit.

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Blood Donation in Japan

My first time donating blood in Japan.

In fact, it’s my first SUCCESSFUL blood donation…

Saw the blood donation poster featuring AKB48 a while ago at the workplace. Red Cross finally came today, so after lunch (gotta eat something since I never eat breakfast) I went straight for it!

There were many people… since I was a first time blood donor, I was asked many questions and had to fill out some paperworks. I was really nervous, like I always do when people speak Japanese to me 😀  Phew, finally, all the questioning was done… thankfully I could read Kanji, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to fill out those questionares (though the answers were always “NO” except for the first question). Finally it was my turn to register for a new donor card, and there were some system errors… =_= had to wait for 20 mins before I received my card and moved on to blood testing.

It was stationed by a nurse and an old doctor (I saw him falling asleep during the system down time lol)… he measured my blood pressure and the nurse took a tube of blood sample. I was then given a pack of biscuits and a bottle of Pocari beverage, and told to drink half of it. Soon I was brought into the donation area by a nurse… she was very gentle and diligent. I lied down on a bed, with blanket too.

During the donation, she found my hand was cold and gave me a can of warm tea to hold on to 😛 It was over before I realized it… like under 10 mins. Too bad it was a short afternoon nap….

Before I headed back to office, I was given some donation gifts too! and of course the can of tea as well =)

I love freebies. We got to choose too: between handsoap, toothpaste, bowl noodles etc.

I received... green tea, handcream, hand soap, some bandaids/cotton sticks, crackers and of course my donor card!

No bruise, so happy!

Rolled up the bloody bandaid inside the bandage... Im gonna keep it... Haha JK.

I will donate again before I leave Japan, probably around June. This felt great, completely different from my last horrible experience in Vancouver…. which the nurse couldn’t find my vessel, so she kept poking the needle around (several times!)… and the blood flow stopped after she messed with it.. So at the end, there was only less than half a bag (if under 200cc, the blood couldn’t be used 😥 ) I bruised up so much too, it hurt for a week! This time however, was quick and painless! Plus, Canadian Blood Services doesn’t give out free hand creams!

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Japanese sweet a colleague brought from Kanazawa. It's iced sugar covering a lot of red beans! Yum!!

290 yen crepes day! Got it before Japanese class... Mine was Strawberry Tiramisu flavor. I eat crepes at least once a week... I think I've given up on my weight.

Gonna do some Japanese Review now, have a nice day! =)

Solo in Tokyo Part 1: Meguro

Finally the sun showed up during the weekend!

I have just gotten back from Roppongi… My legs are sore from all the walking I’ve done over the weekend… should’ve worn shoes that are more comfy. But I LOVE Roppongi, I wish I could walk further to see more.. but I guess I’ll pay another visit soon! I realize I haven’t blogged about my weekend trips much… I almost forgot what I did in Asakusa/HakkeiJima… so while it’s still fresh on my mind, I’ll first write about what I did yesterday 😀

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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)

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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

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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...

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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: http://megei.jp/

Gojoen: http://www.megurogajoen.co.jp/event/hinamaturi/

Parasitological Museum: http://kiseichu.org/english.aspx