Tuesday, 9 August 2016

日本第7、第8日 - Japan days 7 and 8

Day 7: Nakano

So I did not write day 7 up yesterday because we did not really do much. We had decided to have a "slow" day. We got up later, washed some clothes (dried within minutes because of the heat) and then eventually made our way out to a place Him Indoors knew because a Digimon game had been set there: Nakano Broadway

It is not very big but it does have a cool shopping centre - all of it covered and is like a long tunnel leading to a proper department store style complex.

I have been having a mixed experience, because I awoke with not just one, not two, but SEVEN insect bites! 4 of which are on one leg. I could tell immediately that one in particular was going to cause problems. I may have already scratched it in my sleep, who knows? What I do know is that the creature(s) in question a) went to town on me and b) was let in by the guests in room 202, who had left the day before. You see, they seemed to think that leaving the every communal window open was a good idea, even though it was often hotter outside than inside!

They also left the windows open when they left the house, including one downstairs in the other toilet, which could have more easily been climbed into by thieves.

Well, I had some cream we had managed to acquire for a lesser bite (I miss that one, now! Took it for granted!) when we were in Akihabara, so I used that as soon as I had discovered them.  In the heat, as my legs swelled, the itchiness became somewhat of an issue. The Muhi wasn't as effective on these as with previous, less destructive bites.

I coped though! I used drinks bottles as cold compresses and when I got home I did the hot spoon thing.

We did not buy a lot - I found a funny little phone charm of Freeza, a villain from Dragonball, caught in his hell cocoon looking angry, straight out of Resurrection F. I HAD to have it - it was about £1.20! It is now attatched to my bag and amuses me greatly. I also was weak and bought a little box set of Domesticated Vegeta models... hilarious. Got him making the Octopus dish for Beerus in Battle of the Gods, wearing his pink apron.

We ate in a sushi bar, the sort with the conveyor belt system. It also had overhead electronic order touch screens so you could have what you want delivered to you by...wait for it... A FOOD TRAIN!!  SO cool.
Then you pressed a button to send the train  back.

I guess it is just indicative of how little we drink these days, coupled with emptier stomachs and possibly because the Sours cider drinks are stronger than typically assumed? But we were somewhat tipsy afterwards which was rather fun.

Then we stopped off for a drink in a bar in Shinjuku, which I guess is sort of a Red Light District in most areas... We found an Irish pub which turned out to be more authentic than the English ones! Hah!

Here are photos from that day. Check out all the Moomin merch!!!! :(  I REALLY want to get one of nearly each character on the bottom shelf. They are more accurate and better quality than at home. Each one is £7-9 as well :(  They have Soryu, they have Thingumy and Bob (as a set), they have a decent Little My, the Snork, The Hemulin... argh!

Nakano - 8/8/16



Day 8 - Akihabara again

Him Indoors booked tickets for the Final Fantasy cafe in Akihabara, so once we had gone to the pharmacy to get some stronger after bite (they got worse and woke me up - my suspect bite was painful at 4.30am), we played in arcades, did some shopping for friends and then we had a late lunch there at 4.30

I have played FFXIV for a short while but I  not a huge fan - he liked it before the current expansions - but it was cool. You got given a huge pack of stuff. Instruction booklet with dos and don'ts, once you get in; a set menu based off two characters; a grand menu; an order form and a drinks menu.

I got a cheese omelette on a bed of basil rice with a stripe of ketchup over and a square of salted (everything is here btw) butter which was set alight!

He got a sausage dish, octopus dumplings and fish and chips to share.

Our first drinks were a coke with rose cassis jelly and a guava juice with other stuff in and a blueberry. Really nice.

For pudding we had a pistachio mousse cake, a chocolate fondant with raspberry and he also ordered a pancake with bananas.

We were very very full afterwards!  (Also the reason there are toilet photos in there is that I was just loving how FRICKIN' FANCY that building's loos were!!!)

FF Cafe - 9/8/16


Tomorrow we are getting up at about 4 to ensure we are at a particular bus station that will take us to the 5th station on the Yoshida trail up Mt Fuji. Then we need to hike up to our but which is at the 8th station, where we will rest and get ready to climb up so that we are there for the sunset. Which may actually be a damn sight earlier than either of us realised when concocting our whacky scheme.

I, for one, am hoping there is snow further up so my leg doesn't over heat! Maybe I can shovel some snow onto my bites.

As I type I am sitting with just my legs from the knee down in the bath, because this is what they currently look like :(

Even in the cold bath, that red area feels hard and sore when touched.

Owwwwwwwww!!!!!!
Itchy, itchy!

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