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Life in Japan – April 11, 2018

April 11, 2018

Six days later, I got over my jet lag at last – just in time to start our apartment hunt. I’m glad this is finally happening because I’m tired of burning money on short term Airbnb rentals. Our first apartment viewing was in Nakameguro – one of Tokyo’s most popular residential neighborhoods. I stayed at an Airbnb in this area last time I was here, and I really loved wandering around and visiting different coffee shops all day.

Camera Configuration: Fujifilm X-Pro2 with a Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 WR lens.

I missed full bloom a few weeks ago, but there were still some pretty sakura trees along the Meguro River.

There were lots of people on this bridge overlooking the Meguro River. They were all taking essentially the same photo. I wonder how many nearly identical photos ended up Instagram that day. Hundreds? Thousands?

I’m guilty too…

I love seeing people dressed in traditional Japanese clothing. The sakura backdrop really adds to the effect…

I’m thinking of starting a photo series titled “Tokyo From Above”.

There was some sort of taiko drum performance going on. Recently, I learned that taiko (太鼓) in Japanese is just a blanket word that can refer to any kind of drum. A Japanese drum is actually called wadaiko (和太鼓), and an ensemble of such drums is called kumi-daiko (組太鼓).

Ayaka running for her life. What else is new?

This was the apartment we saw today. It ended up being a little too small for us, but the floor to ceiling window was so nice!

After the apartment viewing, we made our way over to Obana for unagi. It was only 5:30 p.m., and the line was already our the door and down the street. The waitress told us the approximate wait time was an hour and a half. Bummer… this was our second time trying to get into the restaurant. We’ll probably try again in a few weeks if we happen to be in the mood to stand around waiting for an hour. I really wish they took reservations, but I understand why they don’t.

Feeling defeated, we ended up at some random restaurant down the street…

That’s it for today. Good night from Tokyo!


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