First, we met up at Shinjuku Station and then walked to a restaurant to hang out for a bit until it got dark. Megumi and Yuka wanted to see the tower at night. It was definitely worth the wait.
We asked each other a lot about the other's culture and tried to tell jokes from our countries. They become a little less funny when you have to explain them XD. I decided against telling the Home Improvement pretzel joke.
We still had some time to kill after a few hours of talking at the restaurant, so we went to the arcade that was 4 or 5 floors high. The first and second floors are mainly filled with UFO catchers. The other floors have DDR, Beat Mania, and even a more "Casino-type" floor with a mechanical horse racing table where you can bet and even roulette. It was really impressive.
Yuka really wanted a Zebra from one of the machines, so Tom, Megumi, and Yuka all tried to get it. After MY FER EEKING PINK LLAMA INCIDENT, I decided against trying. And it's going to stay that way, darnit. That pink llama, you guys. I can't even.
W-w-what just happened?
I got in trouble for taking pictures again T____T.
After many attempts, Yuka finally got her Zebra!
We headed off to the station soon after watching people and their way-too-good skills. Honestly, some of the games...I can't even think as fast as they're pushing buttons.
Waiting for the train ^____^:
Since it started to rain, Tom bought an umbrella at a convenience store on the way to the station. I pointed out how it matched his shirt perfectly. lolol. Then, another foreigner had the exact same umbrella. lolol, aww, Gaijin. (Gaijin is a word that Japanese people use to describe a foreigner. I really haven't heard it used too much around us though, so I feel like we use it most as a joke to describe how we don't quite fit in here.)
First reactions caught on film:
BRACE YOURSELVES, CHRISTMAS IS COMING.
They were handing out free pocky and big blow up pocky sticks (Sorry Mr. Wonka, they weren't eatable). Later on, Megumi's popped, so I insisted that we traded. It took a lot of convincing to have her do a tradesies. ^___^'
Of course, there were a few Pocky stick fights.
And then we ventured half-way up Tokyo Tower. You have to pay to travel half-way and then again to go all the way to the top. We decided to go to the middle and then decide there if we wanted to go to the top.
On the way:
Grant, some of these might make you a bit queasy >___<
You can see the Christmas decorations to the right. We were down there! And hoping that we wouldn't be down there again sooner than planned XD.
This reminded me of MoMo:
Yeah, I could see her staring at that for hours in awe. ^____^
Of course we had to venture all the way to the top. It would be too sad to say "Oh yeah! I've been to Tokyo Tower. Uh, I went half-way up." LAMEPANDAS.
New Facebook profile picture?
The speaker on the elevator on the way to the top said, "It's normal for the elevator to make cracking noises as it's for a safety precaution." WUT.
The view was even prettier at 1,093 meters high. There were clouds racing by the building, too. On one side, a street looked like the tower mirrored on the ground:
And then us being all touristy with our Pocky and Tom killing Yuka's zebra:
Standing on the higher floor window like a B.A.:
Tom being a B.A. If he had a monocle on, I think he'd look more like the Monopoly Man, though. Where are you when I need you, Google Effects?!
After O______O at the view for awhile, we went back down to the ground. The elevator was pretty awesome, too, though.
We checked out the shops on the ground level for a bit. Apparently, this guy is supposed to be the character to represent Tokyo Tower:
Looks more like a drop of the pink goo from Ghostbusters to me...I should have yelled at them.
They sold a few food items for gifts and souvenirs:
Apparently they're really good 'cause Tom bought some for himself.
And Japanese version of peeps?:
Of course, there was a huge Hello Kitty:
Then, in the lobby there was this display:
I told Tom this was what they were planning to make the area into. It was followed by silence until he finally understood what I said and told me I was lying.
We went outside by the Christmas decorations for a bit.
Just chillin' with the Ghostbuster's character in a house. NBD (No Big Deal).
We headed home soon after this ^___^.
I've been searching for Animal Crossing here, but it's all sold out. I really want to get the special Animal Crossing 3DS LL, which comes with the game on a memory card, but they're sold out everywhere and are going for $550-600+ online now. Their original price is about half of that. >___< Gosh darn. I also asked one of the workers if they were expecting more and she said they weren't and my best bet would be to find it online. Gah. I tried Amazon Japan (since it's much cheaper than buying from the US), but for some reason, it's not allowing my address to go through or to send it to a convenience store to pick it up. Buggah!
For now, I bought this Animal Crossing magazine that came with a 2012-2014 Planner:
Nicey nice! It looks like you can change your socks now in the game. Now, I really need the game.
I asked Kazuya if there is possibly an option to pay-per-lesson for kickboxing and he checked and said there is! Now, he is checking to see if there is a discount available because apparently there was one in the past. Oh dang. That would be double awesome. I figure I could go at least once a week and go to then go to the training center the other days =].
For Monday, I had to make a poster for my Gender Studies class. It had to be about a cause that I believed in and how it would benefit society and stuff, so I drew this Sunday morning before heading out:
It's about how I think people should stop saying negative things about other people because they might overhear. It might be funny for the person for a few seconds to say, but it'll stick in the other person's mind for a long time and affect them negatively. For example, whispering to your friends that someone is as big as a whale or making whale noises around a bigger person. Most likely, the person's going to overhear. So pretty much, don't talk badly about others and no one gets hurt kinda thing.
See, it's all artsy and stuff with the insult going through the other person's ear and choking them. Omg, art. Get me black thick-rimmed glasses. Wahahaha.
Yay! That's pretty much it for now. ^____~