Xavid (kihou) wrote,

Serendipity (but no hot chocolate)

Today after work I decided to walk a little ways before taking the subway. I walked several blocks in entirely the wrong direction, then impusively decided to enter a grocery store. They turned out to have tortillas, which I'd been looking for for a while. (The three traditional foods for me to eat when fending for myself are chinese dumplings, Kraft macaroni and cheese, and quesadillas. Tortillas are harder to find in Japan. I'm not holding out for the Kraftiness.) Leaving the store I found a map and realized that I'd been going north, not east. Then, instead of going back the way I came, I decided to orienteer, knowing that if I headed east I'd eventually intersect my normal route. I came across Tōkyō University, which has many magnificent old trees and buildings that made me think of Harvard. I finally came to Ueno Park and wandered around there a little, finding cool ponds and a guy playing Japanese flute among the homeless people. Well worth the exercise, all in all.

Sunday I went to the self-proclamed largest used English bookstore in Tōkyō and picked up some more train reading material, including A Wizard of Earthsea, which I haven't read since Onaway. After the modern fantasy I've been reading lately, I liked the change of style.

Also got Shinkansen tickets today. While I'm nowhere near fluent, it's good to know that I know enough Japanese to be able to get pretty much anything I need to across in Japanese.
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