Mt sister chided me the other day for not having written anything new on my blog for several days; she's half a world away and wonders what I am up to. Well, here's what I did yesterday:
6:30 woke up and had melon bread* for breakfast
8:00 left my house in Gokokuji area of Tokyo and took two subways to Shirokane Takanawa neighborhood.
8:30-10:30 explored the neighborhood around the mansion** I am thinking about renting (because I AM MOVING!!!). I found a dry cleaners, vegetable store, bean-filled cake shop and a homemade tofu stall. What else do you need?
10:30 met with the realtor to discuss the contract for the apartment
11:30 went to Ebisu neighborhood to be interviewed briefly about a story for a financial magazine on one of the companies I work for
12:30 met my immigration lawyer regarding my new visa (which has finally arrived after months of worry and stress)
13:30 met one of my private English students for two hours of English study. "What is your hobby, banana?"
15:45 we watched the Da Vinci Code as part of our English lesson (OK, we really just wanted to see it)
18:30 had a ten dollar "fruits jelly parfait" (my student's treat)
20:00 went to the Foreign Correspondent's Club for a drink. Met a friend there, went drinking at an "izakaya", a traditional Japanese bar, was taken by well-dressed said friend to a cigar bar(!) wearing jeans and split-toed shoes*** where we continued to drink...
??:?? lost time, missed my curfew****, and am a bit hung over now.
And that was my day.
* it's best not to know
** cruelly, the word "mansion" in Japanese means apartment
*** basically, Japanese sneakers
**** thus I AM MOVING