Chapter Four: Tokyo Fashion

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
Trip End Feb 09, 2007

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Ihave to say,@soon these blogs are going to become less frequent. But I had to check my email and thought, hey, why not write about Tokyo fashion since I have to pay for an hour anyway?? Right, so here we go. Now, I have seen some things in Tokyo. Some things you wouldnt believe. In fact, just as soon as I figure out how to put pictures up here, I will introduce what will be known as the WHAT There are plenty to be had around here, thats for sure. I have a whole bunch of photos just lined up, ready to entertain you....anyways, for now, let me say that after this, I am going to buy some socks, Tokyo style. This means not only will I be buying socks but making a statement. My statement is WHAT THE... . Like yesterday, I found these cool socks I was going to buy for Tara until I remembered I dont in fact have any money. They said I WANT TO DRINK MILK and they had this picture of a doughnut with a straw. They had them in three different colors! So cool. The actual reason I didnt buy them was because I couldnt decide between them and these other ones that said DO YOU KNOW???? And thats it. Nothing else. Nothing with which to quell the readers desire for the knowledge apparently on offer by said socks. Its a very sad world. Anyways I have decided to buy some big tall socks. Perhaps with pink and black stripes? Those are option A. Option B is massive white leg warmers that all the cool kids wear...option C is lucky dip, just the randomest there. Im not sure but I think you should vote. Email me which one you think I should get then I will post a picture of me in them and you can all see that I am in fact the pinnacle of awesomeness....and possibly weirdness too.
Today I went to a station called Hiroo which is a bit of a mission from where I live. I went to see my friend from Shizuoka who went to uni in America with me, so that was cool. We had lunch and took some photos and I will see her when I go down there next week.
Who said I couldnt buy shoes in Japan?? I totally can. I lugged 5 pairs over here to find cooler and cheaper ones at stores in Shibuya. Its only if I want to find fluffy pink ones with hello Kittys on them that I might have some difficulty. however if you are reading this then you probably know me quite well and you know that you are to shoot me immediately if you ever se me wearing said shoes.
I have never heard so many irrashaimases in my LIFE. I mean, whoever came up with it ought to be poked mercilessly with a rubber chicken for the rest of his life. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this ubiquitous Japanese term, shopkeepers say it when you go into a store, to welcome the customers. Well apparently here in Tokyo it is something of a competition to see who can pronounce it the weirdest. Like, yesterday I was looking for some earrings for my sister. I go into a shop and the one guys like IRRASHAIMASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it goes on forever and keeps getting higher until his voice cracks. SO weird. Its kind of awkward because Im standing there staring at some earrings and it sounds like hes trying to sing a Mariah Carey song but not doing a very good job.
On Monday we are going to (maps again)Kamakura, which is a bit south of Tokyo and has this enormous Buddha!!! I am so excited. Then that night I am going to go to Shizuoka to stay with my friend Yukiko who I met in NZ. The time is approaching whenI will have to go up north and start University. My host mother said people are going to stare at me. Then she said they have hearts like the weather or something, like that the weather is cold so tehy wont be very friendly or something?? Thanks for that. Maybe I got the Japanese wrong and she was actually saying that I am the pinnacle of awesomeness..
I saw these two women fighting at a nearby station teh other day. I think they were fighting over like, a scarf or something. One of the guards tried to stop them but they were like, staring to hit each other a bit so he ran away to get help. It was quite amusing. All te people there were staring.
I ate ramen again last night and Im pretty sure ramen is not my favourite thing.
By the way, Japanese TV is weird. The people on it are so genki, and I dont understand anything thats going on really. Basically there are gameshows and shopping channels and then like a million shows where people are eating. Trying new foods, specalties of the regions, everything you can imagine. Some of it looks good but whoa, some of it even my host mother is like, OH, OISHIKUNAISOU, NE?
Okay well thats just about it for this installment. If you made it this far, congratulations, you are awesome. If you didnt, well youre not reading this anyways so I have nothing to say to you.
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nzaussie on

I second the vote for luck dip socks
DAMN YOU KATIE!!! i mean i miss you becky!!

sounds like fun is to be had.. i need photos of all the random stuff you are seeing - although i do have an over active imagenation as it is and can pretty much visualise it for myself...

the times Katie and I have gone to Tomoaki's house - he has always had Japanese TV on ... i understand how and why you would hate seeing it... they are FAR too genki and nothing makes sense... although i did watch a gameshow where they were playing a game of like paperdart tennis of something... random....

stay groovy

~ Tara xoxoxox

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