Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Journalizing Japan: Sensory Overload

  • Our time here so far in one word: overwhelming. But in a good way. There's so much...stuff. Lots of it.
  • Just came back from a jaunt that included New Japan wrestling merch, a sumo tournament, and the amazing Shibuya crossing. We're crazy tired. Not as tired as yesterday, though. Yeah, we're taking a ton of JR trains and Tokyo Metro subways, but we're also hoofing it quite a bit, trying to find these obscure/not-so-obscure places to satisfy my esoteric jollies. Sarah's been saying that I'm getting my revenge for all of the estrogen-laced shopping excursions I've been dragged to.
  • For the record, Brad Pitt is your gaijin-to-go-to for SoftBank, and Beyonce is representin' Crystal Geyser. Apparently, it's "her water". Uh...you'd have to watch the commercial. It's kinda boring.
  • I just watched Lily Allen get asked somewhat personal questions in a 2001: A Space Odyssey-type environment by a disembodied voice. I wanna get that famous. I fucking love this country.
  • If you're wondering why I've been stingy with the links, it's because I'm faster at placing those with a mouse, and I'm using a Eee PC. Me and the keypad don't get along very well.
  • I spent 98 bucks on an issue of Arkitip (that Evan Hecox issue). I don't feel bad about that at all. Domo arigato, Tower Records Shibuya!
  • I fully recommend a trip out here to anyone, but if you can't handle cuteness, well...I don't know what to tell you, jack. Japan has an endless supply of it. Characters and mascots are everywhere. If you can't deal with that, I suggest visiting a country where things are less kawaii.
  • I'm surprised at the amount of black people I've seen out here. It's not like I was expecting to be the only black Canuck among the nihon-jin, I just didn't plan on seeing more than 20 in my first couple of days.
  • For the record, there's no fade-to-black between commercials or programs out here, so what you get is a non-stop barrage of television. I find it strangely comforting.
  • I've been drinking everything under the sun, mainly because I can, but also because it's hot, so there's a method to my usual madness.
  • In Tokyo, vending machines are pretty much everywhere. It'll be interesting to see how Osaka compares.
  • I've got some e-mail to write. Peace.


kyozoku said...

If there's a place in Osaka that DOESN'T have a vending machine in its line of sight, then I couldn't find it.

Jeope said...

Revenge ... •snort* ... love it.