This AM was the wife’s turn to geek out. We headed to the Ginza to hit up Itoya, a stationery, pens, etc store. I adored Itoya, because it had chairs. There is nowhere to *sit* in this city and standing around is just not something I can do for more than a moment or two.
After we spent too much on paper goods, we headed down to Hibiya to find another Inari shrine. On the way there, we found a different shrine, and while my wife went through the steps of ablution and prayer, a woman came up behind her and filmed her. Bruce and I watched, laughing. We all bowed and went our separate ways, smiling. I took a picture of the woman filming the wife – and also people taking pictures of some cat on a pole that some guy randomly walked up, lifted the cat onto the pole, then walked away. People flocked to the pole to take photos for some reason then, about 15 minutes later, the guy reappeared, took the cat down and walked away. It was “life in the big city” bizarre.
I left the wife and Bruce at Ikebukuro and headed over to Akihabara to have dinner with Rob Pereyda from Crunchyroll, translator extraordinaire Mari Morimoto and Erik Kyo of Udon. Dinner was superb – I am so going to try and find a recipe for the tofu cream cheese croquettes – but after it was over….karaoke. Rob sang me a song from Rose of Versailles, I murdered “Alsatia” from Rin and Erik and Mari both sang really well. Thanks to Rob for being a great host and a good singer. :-)
I really need to come back next lifetime with an entirely different set of attributes – good feet, no jet lag, ability to drink and to sing.
Tomorrow the sixth volume of Sasamekikoto comes out. I’m on a mission.