Himajin’s (暇人) Weekend

Has been really rainy in Yokosuka last week. One day on my way to work, my converse sneakers were completely soaked...

This was a dull weekend, as I stayed in Yokosuka without going anywhere (not even Yokohama). But I did catch up on some much needed sleep, reviewed some Jap, cleaned my room etc.

First thing I did yesterday(Sat) morning was to hurry to the nearest ATM… My paycheque+ air ticket money was finally deposited on Friday! I had seriously ZERO cash(except for some coins, not even enough for an onigiri) in my wallet, and in the past few days I had to borrow transit money from N-san just to make it to work T_T As for food, I was surviving on instant noodles, which I previously bought for emergency purposes.

When I saw my account balance, I knew it’s the end of my financial crisis. Phew, a major relief. If I don’t spent extravagantly, the amount should last for at least 3 months.

Since the ATM was located inside the post office (my bank is a post office bank), I also tried to pick up a parcel (received a slip in the morning).

Post office's gift shop.

Dragon BallZ stamps..

Cartoon stamps: Astroboy, Doraemon, Pikachu, HK...

Mickey's. There are heart shaped stamps?!?

But the post office lady told me to return at 5pm. It was 1pm then, which meant I had to chill in Yokosuka Chuo for another 4 hours…

Time to stuff myself with some real food... Conveyer Belt Sushi near the Chuo train station.

Menu and price list for different plate colors.

I made a grave mistake of not checking the price of my first plate... I was starving and the tuna looked good. After my first bite, I saw and almost choked- 550yen for two pieces of Bluefin Tuna sushi. But the tuna was really good, you can see the shining fish oil on its surface ...

Some kind of eel and fresh squid on the far end.

Didn't know what it was, but it tasted good.

About half way, I started to see the same sushi over and over again. The chef did make some new ones... but the fresh ones were immediately taken by the people sitting at the upstream. I realized it's all about location, location, location! Next time I'll sit upstream too.

I could have ordered directly, just as many customers did. But I was too shy, I was just wishing secretly and hoped the chef could catch my telepathic waves.. And he did! Or maybe he simply saw the lost look on my face. He asked what I wanted.. I told him- Uni and Unagi. OMGGG, they were the best! The Uni was soo fresh, no stinking taste. And the Unagi was hot and melted in my mouth.

Then I saw the chef grilling something with a fire gun.. Again those plates only lasted like 5 seconds on the conveyor belt, and they were gone. Lucky the chef made a second round and put in right in front of me! He could probably tell I was waiting for it. Lightly grilled salmon with mayo on top! Yum.

My last dish.. and it was the worst. I should've eaten another dish of Unagi or something to rinse away the nasty taste. But I was too stuffed. It's tuna with those green things... Texture felt like Natto as it had some stringy slimy things.

I K.O 10 plates at the end. You can tell I had the most expensive (golden plate) first and the rest were mid ranged or the cheapest (110yen). Poor tamago (egg) sushi in the photo was there when I first sat down.

After a fulfilling meal (the only meal I ate for the day… since it was costy- 2500yen!), I went for grocery shopping…

Saw these canadian canned salmon sold in a store... My mom wanted to pack a bunch in my luggages.. thank god she didn't, they are quite cheap in Japan too.

They have Snyder's Prezels here too! But expensive for such a small pack... The mustard flavor that May bought me was long gone. I missed that flavor! I later bought a huge pack of Caramel flavor at Donki in Roppongi... for 350yen! What a deal, except, Caramel sucked!!

3rd Year Anniversary at a Snack Shop that I frequent.

I couldn't help but put more and more into the basket.

Let’s fast forward to 5pm, when I was ready to pick up the parcel in the post office.. The lady apologized to me and said the postman would actually delivered the parcel again to my place between 5-7pm!! Shit, I couldn’t miss it (I knew the parcel was my debit card).. So I ran as fast as I could to get home. However with so many bags, what I actually did was fast sprints for 30 seconds, then rest for 10 secs lol

Finally I made it, and I saw the post man on his motorbike about to leave- “Sumimasen!” I yelled and showed him my pickup slip. Phew… It’s a small package, but since it had confidential info, the guy had to make sure I was the receiver by following me home and confirmed that I could open the door with my key haha.

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Look at what I bought in just one day... spent over 10000 yen. My limps were sore and I threw everything to the ground. I think I'm definitely the type - 有錢就身痕的人

My snacks... I probably don't need to stock up on junk food for another 3 months XD

Besides grocery and snacks, I also went mall shopping to kill time (since the post office lady misled me to go back at 5pm =_=)

Elmo slippers for 300 yen... and the seat cushion for 100 yen.

For my mom: the padded socks that she wanted, and a pair of strawberry "crocs"... The crocs have fabric insole.. perfect to wear for dumping out garbage/laundry in winter months.

A cardigan and a plaid shirt... 700yen each. ~8CAD

A bowtie cardi... also 700 yen. Who says fashion in Japan is expensive? You just gotta avoid areas like Tokyo =)

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After unpacking, time for cleaning….

Even I couldn't stand the mess on my desk.

After sweeping and cleaning up… The entire night was spent reading a Manga called “Parasyte”/(寄生獣).

What a "human" host looks like after a parasite invaded his brain. They are technically dead and act like zombies.

A colleague recommended it to me after finding out I visited the Parasitological Museum. It was about this young teen’s (Shinji) right arm got infected by a Parasite. He was lucky as the parasite did not take control of his brain and turned him into a human eating monster… The whole story was about how the parasite (called Migi, means “right” in Japanese and Shinji co-exist and fight other parasites to save mankind. I finished it, in one night. It was bloody but engaging! It also had a meaningful message about species on earth and the environment.

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Today is the one year anniversary of the 3.11 Earthquake in Japan. I did not go out, but I heard that trains would stop around the time when the incident happened…

Since I stayed up till 4am to read Parasyte, I woke up at 1pm today- my first time since coming to Japan .

I bought some chicken breast yesterday… so I decided to cook that for my late brunch. I didn’t want plain chicken breast and dip with soy sauce… I had eggs too, might as well make Oyako Don Udon.

Marinate a piece of chicken breast with salt and soysauce -> cut in pieces -> fry until half cooked. Add Onion and stir fry together.

Put the chicen/onion aside... Time to fry udon and lettuce together, add some Dashi (fish stock) for favouring..

When udon is cooked, add the chicken+onion back in... Beat an egg and pour it in.

Crack another egg and add on top of everything.

An easy, well balanced brunch.

Sometimes a chill weekend like this is quite enjoyable, especially going to Tokyo is quite physically+financially draining. A good way to get some work/jap review done without spending much money (though I still managed to spend quite a bit during grocery shopping oops)!

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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