New year hiatus

Sorry for the lack of updates. I was at my girlfriend’s in Tokyo for over 2 weeks (without internet) to help her move out. She quit her job that was going nowhere and went back to her parent’s in Hiroshima. It’s going to be hard, changing from a mid-distance relationship (we saw each other only on the weekends) to a long-distance one.

Anyways, here are the notable events of my new year vacations:

  • I wanted to go to a temple at midnight, but it felt so cold outside and nice and warm inside that we ended up just drinking champagne at a friend’s recently-moved-in apartment. Fun was had, that’s what’s important.
  • I went to Meiji-jingu on January 4, there were still thousands of people there. Also, half a dozen weird people (including a 12-year-old gaijin girl) were standing around the entrance of the shrine with big signs reading:

JESUS LIVES, HE IS OUR SAVIOR
or
PRAISE THE LORD
or
JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS

meiji shrine for new year

  • I finally got a Wii, a colleague found it while shopping for PS3s with his son and bought it for me. Thanks again Morikawa-san!
  • I went to Takashimaya in Shinjuku and bought some cornichons, then ate them with baguette and rillettes for new year. It sure beats the hell out of KFC xmas chicken and Toshikoshi Soba, even though I paid ¥1400 for the smallest bottle.

All in all I had a pretty nice time for my second New Year in Japan. Let’s hope for many more to come!

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