ok, an update on Thursday.
As noted in previous post, Ratboy stumbled across a sumo tournament on some whats on site, gave me directions, and sent me on my way. Red had called that morning, suggesting we meet later in the afternoon as well.
So, three trains and some confusion later, I arrive at the sumo stadium in Ryogoku. Paid my 2500 yen for the nosebleed seats, ended up seated next to a really nice Singaporean lady, and chatting and, what can I say, it was totally fun. Left after the halftime entertainment - basically watched a full tournament, which was about an hour, then some comedian slapstick sumo wrestling with a pro, and then they brought out like 20 kids and three sumo wrestlers and let em at it - which was actually pretty damn entertaining.
Bailed, met Red at a very nice little French cafe, a warm up coffee and a glass of wine later we went a-wandering through the Ginza district. Spotted a manga cafe, proclaimed it my accomodation of the evening, and made some mental notes on how to re-find it later. Went to a conveyor belt sushi place, then on to some tapas bar. While there, girl who is good friends with a Japanese girl I know in Saigon called me, invited me to meet her for dinner. Red pointed me in the general direction, and I was bound for Shibuya again.
Girl looked prettier in her Facebook pics, but was supercool nonetheless. She took me to some little local joint with a grill on the table, made some Japanese omelet thing, some fried noodle dish, and some potato with cheese and salad on it. Apparently it is Eastern Japanese cuisine. Went from there to some really nice little cafe for dessert, and was joined by her equally unattractive but equally cool friend, worked our way through some empty calories, then moved to some bar for a drink. Really enjoyed the night actually. Last train back to Ginza in the freezing cold...entered my very very brightly lit manga cafe, which provided me with a little booth wioth a shelf, a bean bag, and a yoga mat floor, along with a computer (all in Jap, couldnt work out how to change it, was too tired to get the guy to do it for me), put my scarf over my eyes, and fell asleep about 1.
Woke at 5, forked out my 1500 yen to crash there, checked it off the to do list, and entered the insane cold once more bound for the fish market. It was a fish market. Only bigger. With fish. Only bigger. It was cold. Real cold. I mean, shit, I live somewhere where anything under 80 degrees is regarded as a cold snap. Im here, it is just north of freezing, and I cant feel my knees.
Spent an hour or two there, then another hour wandering the lanes around there, where I spent 1200 yen (abt $12) on what was without doubt the best sushi I have ever had. Beautiful.
Went wandering for a while, couldnt handle the cold, so headed back to my manga cafe, and here I sit. No more little yoga mat private booth things unfortunately (really want a nap), but free coffee and a computer corral thing a la college library.
Meeting Red, Ratboy and Brian tonight at some Chinese place in Roppongi apparently, and staying with Red the next two nights. Could really use a shower at this point, since the manga place doesnt have one, but Im not complaining, just chalking up cultural experiences and enjoying central heating...
oh and PS - forgive me my punctuation - I cant find apostrophes on this keyboard for the life of me and have twice accidentally sent it back into Jap input, and the guy is looking at me funny when I go to get him to fix it again!