Liven Let Die

Last day over at our friend’s place, the sun setting on the buildings across from his balcony view. also a sign of no more puzzle fighter. I don’t want to brag (except that I do), but over the past two days I have upped my puzzle fighter skill tremendously. although Devin has years of experience on me, I have kept up a fight of worthiness with my cat-girl, felicia. (ps anyone who cosplays this character needs a dad in their life).

after our first visit to tokyo back in 2008, I always remembered the tiny grocery store in our friend’s neighborhood with the veggie characters on the packages. having cute characters representing your food is no new thing in japan by any means–but I was telling everyone about the grumpy mushroom! maybe he’s just bitter and unsure, like he doesn’t wanna be apart of it all. it cracks me up. a character that isn’t happy or smiling or cute, that was new to me. I love grumpy mushroom <3

after being in japan for about 8 days, we found and moved into an apartment. today we unpacked our bags (we brought too much stuff). (as I am writing this, there is an earthquake happening. it is the second since we have arrived. 2 earthquakes (mild, mild, no worries) have happened, but I only remember 2 earthquakes in my entire life growing up in Seattle. I hear it’s “earthquake season” right now…) ANYWAYS. this apartment is great. the neighborhood is awesome. I’m super happy about everything. I will elaborate on those statements later.

a brief night shot from our window. in the top left corner are the ((IN)famous!) shinjuku towers. I was told we are just a 15 minute bike ride from shinjuku. we are 5 minutes walking from a station which is 2 stops from shinjuku. I will post a map of how awesome this is, so you can understand the weight of the awesome.

I can’t wait to properly explore the neighborhood with my camera this weekend! we have lots of accessories to get for the apartment, some we can easily get from a ¥100 ($1) store. man, those stores are great. so useful. tomorrow it is suppose to snow. I hope it doesn’t. I don’t like being cold. >:|


  1. Bethamint says:

    I’m loving reading up on all your Japanese adventures, it’s so exciting and inspiring!
    Can’t wait to see your apartment and neighbourhood!

    • alextthomas says:

      the past two days I have been wanting to make a little “tour” of the apartment and area, but it’s been snowing, so I want to show the area snow-free! we went out last night and found out just around the corner from our doorstep is this long market street with EVERYTHING we could ever need! it’s so cool! I will make a video about that too!! <3 thanks for reading beth! <3 hope all is well with you!

  2. Yukari says:

    Wow, you already moved into an apartment !!!! Thats is super fast and so amazing that your apartment is just 5min. walk from train station and only 2 stops from Shinjuku! Awesome~~~~!

    • alextthomas says:

      last night we explored a little around the apartment and there is a market that has EVERYTHING we need just outside our doorstep!! it’s SO COOL!! fresh fruits and veggies, a pharmacy, bathroom supplies and lots of ramen and udon shops! it’s incredible! best spot ever! Also I hope to buy a bike and I was told it’s just a 15 min bike ride to shinjuku! that would be SO COOL!

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February 10, 2011 days, travel