the poor man and the sea: tokyo’s human ocean.

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since she arrived in japan, my girlfriend has been asking me if i could find some time to take her to tokyo.  she is new to japan, and her enthusiasm is admirable.  which is to say, i totally understand her reasoning for wanting to go.  when she returns home, her friends and family are more than likely going to ask her the usual battery of ridiculous questions, and to be unable to answer them would be embarassing.

  • did anyone try to grope you on the train?
  • how did you use chopsticks for so long?
  • did you see any ninjas?
  • how was the sushi?
  • are you radioactive now?
  • what was tokyo like?

when your family expects an impressive story about the capital of japan and you respond with “i didn’t go to tokyo because my boyfriend was busy,” you end up looking the fool.  how did you go to japan and not end up in tokyo one time?

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a merry kitchen town christmas.

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my friends are pretty strange people, which is probably why i get along with them so well.  for christmas last year, they planned a 5k run on christmas day wearing santa hats.  on new years, they climbed a local mountain at the wee hours of the morning to see the first sunrise of the year.

but because i end up going home for christmas most years, i normally miss out on their end of the year shenanigans.  so this year, a few of my friends decided that we should try to do something early.  the plan we came up with was what we lovingly referred to as “kitchen town christmas.”

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