So we decided to meet up and hit Harajuku. ^___^
I got Grant Animal Crossing for Christmas. It's his first version of the game. He seems to really like it so far. I'm just passing on my addiction. Happy Christmas.
In Monday's class, our teacher gave us each a Christmas card with a personal note in it.
Since track season is over, I don't have practice anymore >___<. But Yuuki and I went to the gym after class anyways. After, he lent me this Manga about Jesus and Buddha as brothers:
On Tuesday, I met up with Grant and Luke after Grant's class to go to the New York Bar in Shinjuku. It's the same bar that "Lost in Translation" was filmed in.
I've actually never seen this movie, but now I kind of want to. It's probably going to be exactly like The Virgin Suicides (same director), but in Japan. And with Bill Murray instead of Kirsten Dunst.
Lauren's going to kill me for saying that.
But first! Here is the outside of the building:
Wahaha, these are actually terrible pictures of trying to capture the awesomeness of this building. I am ashamed. But! We plan on going back soon, so I might bring my good camera.
There were 57 floors and the bar was on the 52nd. Only the 39th-52nd floors were for the hotel. It was incredibly fancy. We walked in with sneakers and school backpacks, so we completely fit in.
Fancy elevator mirror shot:
The view was amazing. I think I may prefer it over Tokyo Tower's view, which you could see from the bar.
|Man, I really need to bring my better camera.|
The mood of the bar was so chill too. It was very dark and didn't have a bar feel at all, really. The waiters spoke both English and Japanese, which was pretty awesome.
Grant and Luke both ordered fancy drinks:
We all really want to go back and eat here sometime. It's just so expensive. The burger on the menu that sounded amazing (well, everything did, really), was over $50. woof. It must be worth it though. The people next to us ordered the fries on the menu, fried in duck fat, which smelled so good.
Oofa, it was an awesome experience though. It's definitely a place that makes you want to dress up and just enjoy the atmosphere of the place.
After, Grant and I went to his place and cooked some foodies and hung out for awhile ^___^.
Yesterday, I finally sent that devil of a package to America. lolol. I met up with Yuuki and his friend in the afternoon and we walked to the post office. There, they helped me to ask what the heck to do. While I filled out the EMS paper, they assembled the two boxes I bought. Man, we were a team. It was awesome.
Just so you guys know, your presents are in individual, random store bags, labeled with tape. I kind of slacked off on packing XD. I really hope everything is okay...the box seemed really sturdy though...right? oh noes...
We went back to school to play a little Dragon Quest to pass the time since we were going to go to Shinjuku, meet up with Grant, and get some spicy ramen.
Grant and I have been looking for a restaurant with spicy food for a long time. When I asked Yuuki for ramen restaurant recommendations, he suggested Nakamoto in Shinjuku. Then, he invited us to go ^___^.
It's located underground in a building that Grant and I always pass. NOW WE KNOW.
Something I really like about a lot of ramen places in Japan, is that they have machines that you place your order with and it gives you a ticket to give to the worker. I think I mentioned them before...anyways, the menus had dishes ranging from 1-10 in spiciness (10 being the most spicy).
I decided to get a level 6 spicy dish. It's the same one that Yuuki had ordered last time. He had shown me a picture of it and it looked amazing. Well, it was more than amazing.
Grant and I tried Yuuki's dish, which was level 9 on the spicy chart.
They had tissue boxes right in front of you, knowing that you'll need them to blow your nose, wipe your eyes, or in Yuuki's case, wipe the sweat off your forehead.
Another thing I like about ramen places, is that you sit in a row instead of at a table or at booths, which pretty much means it's all about really enjoying your meal instead of staring deeply into the other person's eyes. Which is great and all, but this ramen required all attention.
I think I want to try eating the dish Yuuki had next time. It was definitely spicy, but I think it'd be a fun challenge. ^___^
The workers there were really awesome too. They're all in happy moods and just full of energy, yelling a welcome or goodbye to each customer.
After stuffing ourselves with ramen, we went to a random store called Tokyo Hands. Really, this store is random. Each floor is like you walked into a different building. There were floors of backpacks, camping gear, kitchenware, clothes, toys, games, etc.
Of course, we went to the toys and games floor. They had a ton of random stuff.
Evangelion Hello Kitty Stuff:
But we did pass these rainbow tunnel things that you could walk through along the way:
I have many bananas.
And this guy was chilling along the way:
I also got to video chat with Lauren, Beth, and Shawn. I...don't think I can post any of the chat pictures on here. lolol.
Then, I read a bit more of The Hobbit and play some Animal Crossing. I should probably study. Bleh...I wanted to take it easy today so I feel better tomorrow for the Christmas party. It's really not that bad, just kind of annoying and I don't want to get anyone else sick. >___<
After class, Grant and I are going to meet up and go to Ueno to look around before the party ^___^. AwWwWww YeeaAahhHh.
Did I mention how my mom is the coolest?