Its about time to call this mission
07/05/2010 - 07/06/2010
It turned out that my friend couldn't show me around Electric town because the Americans were already back to work because of the time difference, and so the Japanese sector of the business did not get a holiday for the 4th of July. Oh well, I was actually a bit relieved about this, since the social interaction sounded stressful more than enjoyable. I gave the place another chance, looking at it from a more realistic perspective, and I guess I had a bit of a better time, but it was still just not quite the same as a place to share with friends. The next day I walked around town and tried to figure out why it was all decorated, but failed to ever figure it out.
That evening I went to another hostel bar as I still had a free drink pass. I talked to some cool people who were traveling as well, but the sneaking into their conversations felt difficult and intrusive. Once we got going I felt a little better, but still an outsider. Then I went walking at night for the first time, and I found all of these lights with red white and blue strips and stars on the lamp posts. It couldn't have possibly been for the 4th of July, but they were coincidentally strange.
The next day, well, it was my last day in Japan! Tomorrow I leave for the land down under! Wow its taken me a really long time to say all of this! So I did only what I had to do, I said goodbye to the Asakusa temple by actually walking around all the gardens and temples in the main temple area. Of course I did some shopping too, I mean, come on, its my last day! First off I bought a new purse. It was time for the one I got for free in Hawaii after I was robbed to be turned in for a new one. It was tearing appart, and I was running out of safety pins to hold it together, and on top of that, the some dozen pins I was already using were boring bigger hols into the seams, so, it was a dying cause. I found this perfect purse, with a sipper on the back on the outside for a cell phone so you could keep it safe against you, and easy access, and I could hear it b/c its on the outside of the bag, and then it had a big flap that went over the main zipper (this is a green canvas messenger bag btw, if you didn't already guess my style) and a secret zipper inside for the wallet, and another zipper for smaller things, and even the flap had a zipper for storage! It said city of Tokyo in a funky type and I absolutely loved it! You can see it in almost any picture of me in Australia and New Zealand, and it is still my purse to this day. I love it. I also found these BFF type keychains. I never ended up getting Joe anything for his birthday, you know, with the whole him dumping me thing. But now I feel resolved about us. He is my soul mate, and will always be. He is the love of my life, and I hope to god I never fall into the clutches of a relationship with him again because of that fact. We are both different people, and our love for each other at this point is bassed on a reality that only exited in the past. Right now, he needs to grow up, go back to school, get a job, become independent, become successful, become someone I don't feel as if I have to take care of. I'm sure he has his requirements for me as well. Is there hope, maybe, but its in the future, down the line, after a lot of heeling has taken place. However, with that in mind, here was by birthday gift I would give to Joe. One of the key chains is of the yin, the dark energy power, with a silver tattoo like sketch of a tiger for the "white dot" portion of the yin yang. The other is yang, the light energy power, with a silver tattoo like sketch of a dragon where the "black dot" would normally go. These two keychains fit together to form the yin yang. The tiger, since it is silver with a black background, is obviously a white tiger, therefore Joe's keychain. The dragon is silver on white, so it is a much more subtle looking design, and what can I say, I'm flexible like that, and dragons are cool? I'm sure if you talk to Joe about it, he will have the philosophy all panned out.
Finally now, my last purchase, I swear, well, last one today, I have no promises for tomorrow, anyhow, I got new shoes! All the Japanese girls have them, and I feel like such a big dumb grunt in my hiking boots, so I got these awesome wedge heels that looks like Spartan spikes! To top it off, they were only $14! That was about half the price of the purse (oh sales, how I love the... I need to get out of traveling so I can stop being such a shopper).
And now, to finish touring the temple grounds in style:
Not sure what the sign says, but it was some sort of cute story about the temple and its shops.
I thought that last picture was so cool and representative of the area, the old Japanese statue, perfectly framed by the new Japanese constructions.
At first I thought these were candles, but with a closer look:
You can see they are little "foxes" I think they look like kitties, but this is the fox temple, so all the statues are of foxes and all of these little figurines are supposedly of foxes as well.
Here I thought the place was really cool, but I was mostly looking at this amazing woman. Here, lets see if you can spot her a bit closer:
Okay, in case you are still puzzled about what I am talking about, this is the woman:
With the gorgeous breeze playing the same in my hair as it was in hers, I could feel connected to this woman, hear her story playing in my head. I fell in love with this woman, and realized I could only keep up the guise of taking pictures of this statue infront of me for so long, so I continued on past her, and wished I had known her.
Then, continuing my creepy watching people, I have been seeing this man off and on at the food shops near the market just before the temples, and now I see what he has been up to:
Here I finally get my sesame ice cream cone, and as I'm sitting down near the statues of buddha with all the red bibs, I see what Ciani told me to look for, maybe, possibly, bottles with a little marble inside! They were like 5 bucks and only had a sprite like drink inside, but you get 2 bucks back if you returned the bottle to them, so I went in the basket, and I got myself one. I was tempted to keep the bottle and send it to Ciani, but like I said, I was tired of paying loads for shipping, and I really wanted my 200 yen back.
So, here it is, saved forever in images:
On my way back to the hostel just before I cross my bridge, I went to my favorite sushi train place, and I indulged by getting hot green tea as well, and you get the hot water from a little spout at every chair around the oval train track. Ahhh, Japan, how lovely today was. I will miss you.
Finally, the temple right near my hostel that I pass almost every day on my way to the bridge: