Let’s go Shopping in Shinjuku

When I woke up in the morning, the water supply had been disconnected due to scheduled maintenance which resulted in a few things. First, Bucky and Fanzy had once again been my alarm clock to tell me they were on the way to the nearby laundromat. Second, the supply wouldn’t be restored until about 11am, so we had a little time to burn in the morning. Xara stopped by while Claire was showering, and we hung out until it was my turn to shower. After that was taken care of, we made our way to Shinjuku.

Chicken Katsu Curry at Coco’s Curry in Shinjuku

Our first objective was to find something to eat, Claire still had a craving for Coco’s Curry since we hadn’t gone the evening before. We made our way to a place on one of the corners of the street and sat down. We were greeted in English, but ordered our food in Japanese. This was the first time I’d had real Japanese food while being in Japan. The Chicken katsu curry I ordered was excellent, though the portions they give you are generous, and I wasn’t able to finish the whole thing.

An Alleyway in Shinjuku

We went on to walk around the city and through a few side streets. We became immersed in a very cool and unique atmosphere inside of what is otherwise a very modern city space.

Finally, we did make our way to an actual place to shop, UNIQLO, which was a 5-floor clothing store in the heart of Shinjuku. We mostly looked around, but Xara did pick up a few items before we made our way back to the street level.

Big Signs in Shinjuku

During this time, Fanzy and Bucky were out doing stuff, or so we thought. At some point, Fanzy returned back to the apartment, and Bucky met up with one of the folks we had met up with for yesterday’s dinner. We decided to head back to meet up with Fanzy again and rest for a bit. I had put a good 12,000 steps on my phone’s pedometer up to that point.

Claire and Fanzy went back out so that Fanzy could finally take care of signing his part of the lease for the apartment, while Xara and I stayed back and hung out. We went over to my apartment to take care of the somewhat boring, but necessary task of assembling the albums we were bringing to Comiket for Komeiji Records in August.

Albums for Comic Market 92

During construction, we went out to grab some food from one of the Lawson’s convenience stores in the area, and I tried an onigiri for the first time, with a tuna & mayo filling. When we were done with our work, we retired for the night. I had grabbed a drink called “Supli”, which apparently helps one fall asleep. At least I’ll be well-rested for tomorrow’s excursion to Akihabara.

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