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\(^ ^ ) My name is Yuba. I'm a 23 year old teacher and freelance translator living in Tokyo, Japan. Sometimes I model. Sometimes I sleep. A lot of the time, I take photos of what I'm about to eat. Yum yum yum!

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What the hell is this.

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No seriously. Can anyone tell me? XD It was on the wall near my apartment. :< I wanted to get a closer photo of it, actually, but I was scared that if I stuck my phone any closer it might launch itself at me!


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I don't normally feel the need to check behind billboards just in case there might be a GIANT STITCH behind them, but apparently in Akihabara that's a prudent thing to do.

"You always get that flower.."

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... My co-worker said. It's true, I do. I can't help that I like the flowers!

Going to the same nail salon every month is nice in a way, but also a bit embarrassing. The girls who always do my nails know me quite well, now, and there are days (like yesterday) when I just don't really want to chat, but they want to hear all about what's been happening to me in the interim. Yesterday was a Bad Japanese Day, meaning I really wasn't in the mood for it. I think after the first fifty "Hahaha, yeah." responses, she might have got the drift. :)

The OTHER side of parent-teacher night.

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Before parents arrive: we are impeccable, everything is beautifully in place.

During: we are delightful and complimentary, we serve drinks and food and never say ANYTHING bad about your children even if they fight all day and make us want to tear our hair out and we have to force our smiles every morning when you turn up.


That's what you guys don't see! We break out the rest of the booze we were serving you and cart off all the food you didn't eat in ziplock bags. I think you can see some grabby hands in the photo I took, since it was hard to get a shot when teachers weren't attacking it.

We drink the rest of your wine, crack open all the beers that got neglected, and some of us even slip outside for a smoke. We laugh and joke and then we all trundle home with our goodies.

A story of deliciousness and undeliciousness.

Today it was raining, and for various reasons I had the day off work and decided to make a trip to the store. It wasn't raining too badly - enough to dew up the leaves, as you can see. It was quite nice to get out in it.

On the way I mistakenly bought the drink you see in picture number two. Having not had my morning coffee, I was on the lookout for some. I picked up this caramel au lait thinking that perhaps it had coffee in it. Should have looked at the label closer, really, but I had my mind on other things. Turns out that what it proclaims at the bottom - caramel, salt and butter - was entirely true. That's exactly what it tasted like. Delicious, perhaps, if it were hard-boiled candy. NOT delicious as a drink. I had two sips and felt sick, so I threw it away. :(

A couple of days ago, one of my friends took me out to this delicious all-you-can-eat nabe restaurant. "Nabe" means "pot" in Japanese, and a nabe meal usually consists of meat, vegetables or fish (or all of the above) boiled in soup in a pot. It's yummy. We had shabu-shabu at the restaurant rather than nabe (see pictures three and four - you can even see my friend and her beer in one of them ;D) but my craving for nabe hasn't diminished lately...

I decided after my caramel failure to buy myself the nabe set I have long wanted. It didn't set me back very much at all, and now I am sitting here greatly looking forward to when the day gets long enough for me to start making dinner!!

Photos 6 and 7 are from the safety warnings I got with my nabe set. Photo 6 is there to illustrate how you shouldn't throw gas canisters away while there's still gas left in them - I really just am always amused that the Japanese seem to think that the sound an explosion makes is "BOMB!". Photo 7 just astounded me. Is there really anyone stupid enough out there to put logs on top of a gas burner, as in the top right image? Perhaps there is, or there wouldn't be a warning against doing it. One of the other illustrations that I didn't take a photo of showed a woman spraying her hairdo right over the top of the gas burner. Classic.

I'll try not to blow myself up during dinner.

Karaoke is good times.

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For those who don't know, I tend to go to karaoke as many times a week as I can sensibly manage it, which mainly depends upon my ability to cajole one of my friends to come with me. I draw the line at going on my own!

These photos serve to illustrate how going to karaoke can be a rather traumatising experience. You're sitting there, perfectly happily listening to a friend singing a song you THOUGHT you know - and then you happen to glance up at the lyrics. Was that REALLY what they were singing? How did you never notice that before!?

It can be mentally scarring, to say the least.

...And it's a real toss-up whether it's more scarring when the lyrics on the screen are incorrect, or ... unfortunately... perfectly accurate.

For those who don't know, this is the song "1sec" from the Crows Zero (II?) soundtrack. And the lyrics, for those who maybe can't make them out quite so easily:

First photo: And, the steak of the same size as the face. And, it deluges it about big coke.

Second photo: Shit! And we got a beer belly. Care! And we got fattest.

Christon Cafe time!

I love the Christon Cafe. I have to admit, I've only been to the one in Shibuya, but I prefer the look of it much more to the Shinjuku branch. I put my foot down today when we were making reservations, and I'm so glad we did! It's been a long time since I was there last. The food is delicious and the prices aren't so high, and the atmosphere and decorations are fantastic.

Christon Cafe is a religion-themed bar/restaurant. There are a lot of Christian icons around, but there's also a huge demonic creature looming out of the ceiling, just in case you were getting worried that it sounds too pious. I didn't take many interior photos, but you get the general gist!

Photo breakdown:

1. The chandelier above our table. Sofas. Sofa-table.
2 & 3. Menu time! And here we can choose between "Another pasta" and "Special meet". :D
4. Prawn and avocado salad in a wibbly plate.
5. Our drinks - on the left is a Dr.Jekyll & Mr.Hyde, and on the right is a Janne D'arc.
6. More drinks! These are "Brown Fruits". Basically chocolate, brandy, and cassis with a cinnamon stick.
7. Other MoBlog star DesertGarden sampling our pottage soup!
8. A "Mount" blanc dessert.
9. One of the virgin Mary statues was inside a confessional booth. Is that a tiara from Claire's Accessories she has there??

Kitties, Hello Kitty and Yoshikitty.

In that order! Many many cats in one post.

Today I went back to Nekobukuro, an attraction on the top floor of Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro that I went to two years ago. It's called a "Cat's House", and kitties roam freely around and you can sit and pet them or take photos or just watch and play.

Last time I went it was fantastic and I didn't want to leave, but unfortunately because it's a national holiday this week it was full of people - kids, mostly, who didn't know how to handle cats. Most of the kitties were scared and didn't want to be petted, so today's trip was not so fun. But I still got a lot of cute photos!

The huge white cat is Creep, and he was there last time I went, so I was really, really glad to see him still happy and well!

On the way home I stopped into one of the Hello Kitty stores to look for Yoshikitty - a Hello Kitty they'd made in the likeness of Yoshiki from X Japan. I'd wanted one ever since my friend got a Yoshikitty keychain, and I finally managed to get my hands on one! So cuuute. XD

Photo breakdown:

1. Sleeping silver tabby. Cuute ;o;
2. Two kitties using each other as pillows.
3. Creep!
4. One of the other big kitties in with Creep.
5. Some of the "movies" on the shelf in Cat's House. Here you can see "nya-minator", "the nya-trix", "Alinyan", "nya-zilla vs mecha nya-zilla", among others. XD
6. The guidelines. I loved the illustrations.
7. The rather creepy driver of the cattrain.
8. Dress your kitty like a businessman!! Kitty clothing available in the shop.
9. & 10. Yoshikitty! :D