Some pictures from my last few weekends around the place. Not many photos in this entry, I'm saving them up for my next one which will be all about life in my local suburb of Inage, Chiba!

Two lovely ladies, Genevieve and Gracie at an exhibition we attended together in Harajuku.

Last weekend we did a small DIY Lost In Translation tour! First stop: The Grand Hyatt!

This is the view from The New York Bar.. 
The pictures from this night are all pretty blurry, but I like them anyway.

Next stop: Karaoke-kan in Shibuya!
You know the big screens around the Shibuya crossing used for advertisments? Well, on our way to karaoke we noticed one of those gigantic screens had crashed. You could see someone operating the cursor trying to restart the ads. It was actually so hilarious. 
Must have been someone's first day.

We stayed there until the sun came up and the first train arrived. Shibuya was an absolute filth pile that morning. There was trash everywhere. I actually couldn't believe I was in Japan- being the clean place it is. According to my friends, there are volunteers that come and clean it all up. VOLUNTEERS. Very Japan. 

My exact feelings that Sunday morning, returning from Shibuya on the Sobu Line.

This day, Moe and Aki took me to a cafe called Latte Graphic- Oceanic Style Cafe. It was awesome. Being here has made me appreciate Australian style cafes so much. The late nights and early mornings on the Sobu line, the amount of homework and the dramatic temperature drop has driven me to start drinking canned coffee from vending machines.
Maybe when I get back to Australia I can drink a flat white without making a face.. Although I will probably be more like one of those 'cappucino with extra chocolate' people.

This weekend that just passed I went with some friends to Yoro-Keikoku to see the autumn leaves in the woods of Chiba-ken. Even though I lack stamina and endurance and actually hate hiking, I had a truly wonderful day.

About 25 of us sat together under this big old tree on some picnic rugs and ate lunch together. Matt (the other Aussie who is studying at Chiba with me) shared around his Vegemite sandwiches and I loved watching everyone's reactions. Personally, I'm not a vegemite fan. We even saw monkeys climbing the mountain around us. Other than being the best place in the forest to see the changing leaves, the spot is also a historically significant one where samurai used to gather and drink together.
How cool is that!

So many genki old people were out and about that day. I think that once Japanese people retire, they really know how to live out the rest of their days. Odds are they have really really worked for it.

The other evening while I was watching some Japanese firemen put out a gigantic house fire in my suburb (pics in next entry) I met an elderly lady on the street who told me she had been to Australia a few times and goes to Canada every year to go skiing! That's livin', Barry!