Finishing in Tokyo, Akihabara, and oddities

Every meal here in our hotel comes with a tiny, limp bread roll and creamy margarine that feels like salad oil in my mouth, and the eggs have a similar consistency–like instant, but creamy?  Goopy perhaps?  With pepper on them I have almost forgotten how fucked it is.  Random announcements pour forth from overhead speakers nearly everywhere I go.  My pockets are routinely filled and then immediately emptied of 100-yen coins, which are accepted in every single coin-slot-having machine (and there are more of them than even I had allowed myself to believe prior to coming here).

I just purchased a bag of snack chips called “Mammoth meat!?” and I opened the package and by god if it doesn’t smell like popping open a jar of dried beef.  Each chip pops apart into individual sections too.  I could write individual entries on everything I’ve done in the last two days.  I think the theme of the week is more or less sensory overload: overwhelmed, overburdened, overstimulated, overjoyed.

We got to Akihabara tonight by taking the JR Rail system, a feat so gargantuan it’s difficult to describe, but feels somewhat like what I imagine it is to be a salmon swimming upstream.  I went to a store called Super Potato, which I think must be the most extensive and cramped retro video game store in the world.  I ate katsudon at some restaurant and bought the new black Wii Classic Controller Pro at Sofmap.  Tomorrow I take the Shinkansen to my new home in Kobe. Life is pretty weird right now.

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6 thoughts on “Finishing in Tokyo, Akihabara, and oddities

  1. bdovey says:

    Hey, what's going on? Are you in Kobe yet? Speak! Send Pics with you guys in them!

  2. Melissa Dovey says:

    Wonderful to read the news of all your experiences! Keep them coming! We are all living vicariously through you both!


  3. Dan Bowerman says:

    I went to a similar shop in Akihabara.. maybe it was the same one, this dealt exclusively with Famicom/Super Famicom games. Was tons of fun lugging around a Super Famicom and 6 games around for most of the trip… but worth it! They had every game I could think of, but I only picked games I figured I could play without knowing Japanese.

  4. Liz B says:

    Excuse me while I live vicariously through your blog…. Stupid question, but how do you find the weather there right now?

    HI JESSY!!!!!!

    • bdaiker says:

      it's very humid and quite hot. almost nowhere is air-conditioned, but restaurants and our hotel room and whatnot are (to some degree). apparently kobe is even hotter (34 C right now!)!

  5. Cory says:

    I am kind of boggled by the number of SNES games, particularly by the FF's, Chrono Trigger, and the Star Fox in original packaging. Live in the now, Japan!

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