Well, last night I decided to venture to the market to check out all the crazy stuff that's there. Good thing I only took pictures of the Japanese versions of stuff you can find back home.
I went to a more formal, more elite than Fresh Market-type place and got some pretty funny looks. I guess wearing a hat with goggles is weird there. It felt very Wisconsin. XD
I've been pretty tired early with the strange sleeping difference, so I got sleepy pretty fast last night. But first...okay, well I knew there was a TV in my room. And then I was like well, it's going to need to have some way of getting channels, so I shouldn't get my hopes up. WELL, IT HAS CHANNELS. I turned it on and bam! like 10 Japanese channels.
SO. AWESOME. TV is interesting again! And it doesn't feel like a waste! And it's a really nice TV too. I can't believe it was just here.
I went to sleep soon after and woke up at around 2:33 a.m. to my first earthquake experience. It was like "Oh, this is what an earthquake is like. Oh, I should probably move stuff so things don't fall. *goes back to sleep*.
The next morning. Oh wait, today, I woke up at about 5:30. I got to skype with Grant again ^____^. Another happy moment, but I felt so sleepy and wanted to be quieter 'cause I didn't wanna disturb Kirsty. Sorry, Grant! >____< But it was great to see him again. =^.^=
Then, I NEEDED TO WORK OUT BECAUSE I MISS IT. and we don't have our gym memberships at Seijo yet. Asato san said that she was glad that there was an athletic student because there usually aren't many and the gym usually isn't that full.
On my way of getting lost yesterday, I found that field and decided to go back so I could do some sprints and interval training. Sadly, I found the gates were locked so I went back to the house and did whatever exercises I could using body strength and stairs. I didn't want to in my room because I didn't want to disturb anyone else in the house. It was only 7:30 a.m. too. I got a few strange looks by passerby-ers. Maybe it was because I was wearing kinda short shorts (BETH). But they're for training! And I didn't think I would be running into many people because I would be alone on the field. Oh wells. I'm not sure if I'll be wearing them again here if it's considered inappropriate or disrespectful.
I haven't really seen anyone running around here or working out. Only strictly for sports team reasons I see people exercising. The streets are probably too narrow for running though.
Then, the internet people came back so I wouldn't have to mooch off of my neighbor anymore and I had gotten an ethernet adapter in Shibuya two days ago.
I had a very awkward moment when they were leaving and I asked if it was proper in Japan for me to show them out. The girl didn't know much English and asked me to talk slower. The guy didn't know any English. It was one of those "oh, this must what it be like for them when I ask them to repeat what they say or explain it differently. But yeah! It's like in America where you pretty much wave them goodbye at the door. I had tried explaining Maywynd to her. I'm still surprised Asato san and her haven't heard of Blythe dolls before.
So, before she left she said that I have a free day and that I should go out. haha, no problem there. I went around the shops by the station and such and didn't find much. Then, I decided to challenge myself and try the train system alone. Yeah, I have no idea still. I had to ask for directions the entire time, but it all worked out. Everyone is so helpful and there are station workers that are always there to help.
Being here really makes you want to be more girly. Back home, I feel more like a tomboy, I kinda always have. Then, you see all these girls who are so pretty. Honestly, it kinda can make you feel like crap because you're like WOW, YOU GUYS ARE SO PRETTY and then you pass a mirror and you're like oh. I'm all like...greasy and need to put on a hat. The girls' skin here is all perfect and it's like WHAT. MAKEUP. ARE YOU USING?
One other small fault is that they never have your shoe size because Americans have monster feet. Sorry, Lauren. But this place is great for you, Small Foot Beth. Ugh, Creepers. THEY ALMOST FIT ME.
But now the happy stuff! SHIBUYA IS AMAZING. So you're in a building with all this crazy awesome stuff and then you realize it has more floors. And more. And more.
|Big Intersection when it's less crowded|
|ughhh, cool stuff.|
It's funny I got so excited when half-price got a Japanese CD in stock because now I'm in stores with thousands of them. Oh gosh. Even...
|Finally found one! soOooO coOOOool!|
Um. Okay, I went to try stuff on and then the girl asked me to take off my shoes and then she put this cloth on my head. I think for sanitary reasons. I'm like I CAN'T SEE WHAT I LOOK LIKE IN THESE CLOTHES. I really dig the whole shoes off thing though.
It had been about 4ish hours of shopping and I hadn't eaten for a long time, so I decided to stop somewhere with ramen. I was the only girl there besides the waitress and it was mainly just middle-aged men. I think it was the most out of place I've felt so far. lol. I really just wanted to go somewhere cheap 'cause a lot of places had pretty pricey meals.
|6 Floor Forever21|
This was a Hummer Limo with 3 models posing in front of it. It must have been for a magazine photoshoot or something but a lot of people were standing around it and taking pictures. Oh, and then there were really big lines for the iphone 5 a few places.
So yeah, shopping in Shibuya was tough 'cause everything was amazing. And it was the worst place to go because of wanting everything. THEN I FOUND OUT I COULD USE MY CREDIT CARD. HAHAHAHA.
Wanna see what I got in these bags?! WAHAHA. Even the bags are all nice.
Anyways, today was awesome and it's only 7 p.m. I think I was in Shibuya for 5-6 hours. I don't feel too tired yet so I might go check out beer prices for Grant. =]
On a side note, the shower here is awesome. What's up with these awesome bathroom stuff? I think America has this too, but still.
|I could wash only my leg if I wanted|
|Or just my hair! Great for putting cold water to maintain hair color. This isn't an advertisement.|
Oh, and the toilet has a Big Flush and Little flush option. Honestly, great stuff.
So I really think I'm allergic to pure soy milk 'cause my scratchy throat returned after drinking more. lol, what is. this life? That's okay! Probably just had too much of it.
Dude, Beth. All this stuff. It's gonna be waking up in the morning tomorrow and thinking "Wow, I got some great stuff." If you visit, you're going to love all the shopping in Shibuya, so start saving up. Too much of it reminded me of you. Cross shirts. Leopard Print. Baggy Shirts. Baggy Hats. Studded everything. Really. High. Shoes. I really want the 2-3 inch Converse looking shoes with studs. I don't think they have my size though.
But honestly, just walking around and seeing all the people and their outfits and listening to them talk is awesome. Even though it's frustrating not being able to say exactly what I want to with people, it's still fun and makes you try thinking a different way. I really hope to go to Harajuku soon, maybe tomorrow.
Anyways, I think I'm gonna go wander by the station. I want to enjoy the free time as much as possible 'cause I'm not sure what it'll be like when school starts.
I'm really excited for Grant to come to Japan though. Like, really excited. Hopefully my bangs grow out in 23 days so I don't have to hat it up all the time. lololol.
This is what I look like if you forgot.