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22 September 2010 @ 12:03 pm
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.  
Well, gonna take a break from some *work* (Denkiki!) to post part 2 of the meme! =^-^=

Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.

I recently moved to a suburb of Tokyo, so I'm still figuring out things where I am. =^-^= But it's not unlike a lot of other Tokyo suburbs, really! I really, really, really like it, more than I like any other place I've lived. It's by far the most convenient, despite technically being farther away from the center of the city. There is a lot more to do here than other places I lived in the city, and it's still got a bit of nature in it, if that makes sense?

And because I don't have to change lines to go into Shibuya, it actually takes less time than when I lived a lot closer to get there! Now how is that for crazy! For anyone who thinks that trains are convenient, I disagree. Actually, I hate them with all of my being, and only use them because I don't have enough money to have another choice! ToT (Trust me, if I was rich I would _never_ take one. It's all about bikes/walking for close by and a car for anywhere else!) Of course this isn't the japanese way, really, but I'm not into conformation. (Now I just have to get rich! Um, working on that..)

But back to my wonderful neighborhood! I took a walk yesterday and took a few pictures...

My neighborhood looks a little like this:

Some random guy waiting for the bus.

Look, apples and lemons are in season! I didn't know that lemons were a fall fruit, but they were impossible to find all summer and now they are everywhere! =^.^=

A bag of 5 apples for $4. This is actually super cheap. It's not uncommon to see 1 apple for $2-3. o.o

Lots more fruit! I like this local supermarket because it has a lot of fruit and isn't as expensive as some other places. There are 4 varieties of apples in the picture, and I have no idea what the difference is between them. I really want to know! It's like, which one am I supposed to get?

A quick view inside the supermarket. I didn't think they'd appreciate me taking pictures inside, and there were employees crawling around everywhere!! O.o I will have to go in to take pictures some other time!

A crossing near the train station. No idea what the advertisement is for, but I'd wager a guess at pachinko? Sort of like Japanese slot machines. I've never been in one, though, because you can smell the cigarette smoke drifting from them a block away.

Tree, lol.

Here are vending machines. There are vending machines all over. I mean, even in the most unlikely of places, you'll suddenly run into a vending machine!

This one has a lot of canned coffee in it.

Coca cola and Fanta (grape). The blue label says "co~ld", which seems like a no-brainer until you realize that they often have cold drinks and hot drinks/soup in the same machine.

There is a McDonalds in my neighborhood... I've never wanted to go in, though. It was really packed yesterday, though I can't imagine why..

I LOVE KANAGAWA. By April 1, 2011, all restaurants have to clearly separate smoking and nonsmoking, or ban it completely. IT'S ABOUT TIME! Of course, some places like McDonalds have already gotten the jump on it. I'm still waiting for my favorite local liver restaurant to comply, but it's literally only a matter of time. ^^

Seems the big thing right now is a double-mac with egg, and banana shakes. No wonder I'm seeing a lot more overweight Japanese people these days..

Basically the dollar menu. =D Actually, now I want to go to Mc Donalds. Should I go? O.o....

Down the street from McD's is a karaoke place that I love! It's super cheap (800 yen for free-time, which is about 7 hours), and half-price for ladies on Monday. And they have all-you-can-eat ice cream included in the price!!! Mmmmmm! Actually I'm stripped for cash a bit, so I haven't been in a long time. T-T

Up these stairs!

Everyone rides their bikes but there is nowhere to park! Japan encourages people to ride their bikes to cut down on pollution, but it's either ride in the street and risk cars hitting you or try to weave around people on the sidewalks, which is almost impossible sometimes. No win! By the way, every single one of these bikes is illegally parked! It looks like it's made for parking, but there are signs saying that they will tow bikes found here. I've lost many a bike that way. T_T

Mister Donut, a popular doughnut chain store. They're alright, but nothing special. I have yet to find a doughnut chain that I really, really like.

The guy on the poster is probably a huge celebrity, but I have no idea who he is, lol!

According to the sign, if you spend more than 1,200 yen on doughnuts, you can get one of these bags free. Yay? ^^;

A convenience store and really common fast-food "stuff-on-rice" restaurant, Matsuya.

See the cop? They are all over, but they just stand there. I never see them do anything but stand there. I can't figure out what their real job is. There are guys like this all over Japan.. Why?

This is a common sight. A chinese food (mainly ramen) fast-food shop. I never really go into them, though ^^;

This is inside a game center near my house. These Disney character things have been really popular recently. You can get keychains and all sorts of goods. BUT THEY'RE HIDEOUS! I've never seen anything more hideous! I mean... wtf???

And last but not least.. some road signs!! Give way to walkers, and don't drive faster than 40kph. I'm not sure how fast that is.. I've noticed though, that when you are walking, bikers are really annoying, and when you are biking, walkers are really annoying! I wish that the city would make proper lanes for each, so they wouldn't run all over each other. It doesn't make sense to promote cycling and then not provide a way to do it..

Fire hydrant sign and a Century 21 (yes, the real estate company.. only here it's used for apartment rentals and things as well as selling! Weird..)

Sorry, I'm in a bit of a bad mood today because the old couple living below me must have turned their tv volume to max or something and left it on ALL NIGHT. I first noticed it around 11 pm and it's 11 am the next day and STILL on. It came through my floors or something like a strange whistling and took me forever before I realized that sound was a tv and not the wind seeping in through a crack! Not very loud, but just enough to grate on the senses and keep me from sleeping even with earplugs in. You know what I mean? I really feel like stomping on the floors all day.. I feel really cranky today because I didn't sleep well. X.x

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.

Day 03 - Most interesting person you met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)

Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - -Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
Lorryllorryl on September 22nd, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the pictures; I love seeing snapshots of other people's neighbourhoods!

You have my sympathy on the tv noise from your neighbours. My neighbour is a shift worker so his TV is going ALL night. Not blaring, but enough that the noise comes through the wall and stops me from falling asleep.
az1989az1989 on September 22nd, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
LOL at the Disney character things. it's so freaking scary if i were to see it in the dark night. o.o!

seems like ur neighborhood is pretty interesting. would like to visit too if i'm in Tokyo. XDDD
and those ramen...made me so hungry now. XDDDD

and oh! i know how it feels about sleeping at night but ur neighbor just have to on the tv to the max! =_= what's worse for me is that my neighbor likes to talk loudly too while watching. =_____=
現実逃避: gian jailbirdshiroro on September 22nd, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
The ad for Mr.Donut. . . you dunno Tokoro George? He's probably past famous and more like a legendary celeb in Japan. lol He probably has about the same amount of shows as Minomonta that's his own by now. Just a few weeks ago, he passed out in a heat stroke and it was ALL OVER the news as if Japan exploded or something. haha
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 22nd, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Nope, lol! I don't know who Minomonta is, either. XD But I don't watch variety shows or anything. Or really, much of any tv at all, so it makes sense that I don't know who he is. =D
Chisotahn / 記録係chisotahn on September 22nd, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Wow, your neighborhood is awesome! I love all the green.
Uru-pon: miuuru_k_22 on September 22nd, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
I looooved the pictures of your neighborhood! really. Thanks for posting them.

vulpixlover: Pikach and Pichuvulpixlover on September 22nd, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)

i have followed you for a while, but never have commented. i LOVED this entry! i want/will visit Japan one day and i really liked looking at the pictures. :)

i am a fan of pokemon and disney. so i know i will need to bring a ton of spending money! :) oh and i agree with you about those disney things in the machine. they are scary!
Chiakichiaki777 on September 22nd, 2010 07:14 am (UTC)
You got a nice place. It's one of the nicest neighborhoods I've seen. Also, yeah, trains can be a major pain, just driving is so damn expensive. :\
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on September 22nd, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
Omg those bags at MisDo are so cute!!!!! I want one!!!

The blow-up doll Mickeys and Minnies are just plain creepy though. XD

and I don't think that dude is a cop, he looks like he might be some sort of roadwork supervisor or something?

I want to come over and do karaoke sometime! I'm broke too. haahhhh...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 22nd, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
That sometime should SO be a Monday!! =D Half off for teh ladies!!
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schmiddttersschmiddtters on September 22nd, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Oh boy! Apples!

I recommend the green ones myself. Those are 'Granny Smith'apples. They are just slightly sour, but quite good!

Also, I want to try 'Boss Coffee' now. =D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 23rd, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
They look like Granny Smiths, but there's no way to tell. They're called Kiou Apples, which is just named after the prefecture where they're grown. Annoying, right? Some of the green apples here are really sweet, so if you don't know your apples well, it's like playing russian roulette!
Kay: Happy Litakaysuiko on September 22nd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
I love the pictures! I studied abroad in Japan in 2006, so some of the sights are very familiar :)

I loved the drink vending machines... so useful! I was there during the spring, so shrimp nuggets with salsa were the seasonal food at McDonalds... they were SO good! I love how they have the "normal" burgers and such, but also random goodies. That burger looks kinda gross, but is probably delicious. ;)
Wee Lisaweelisa on September 22nd, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Everything is so neat and clean and tidy. Very interesting.

I wonder if those cans of coffee heat up when you press a button - they have sake cans that do that.

It is too bad about the fast food popularity - the Japanese need to have a good look at North Americans and then pass a law limiting the number of such restaurants - before people become well and truly addicted.

Noisy neighbours - it's possible you may need to buy something that will generate white noise to cover up the sound of the tv. This could be an air cleaner machine or one of those environmental noise machines - the kind that generate the sound of the surf or a rainstorm. I use one - it takes a little time to get accustomed to it - but once you do, you become dependent on it (not permanently, don't worry.)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 23rd, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Nah, the coffee cans are all labeled as cold ^^

Did America really pass laws regarding fast food restaurants? I can see the merit in regulating the nutrition in food, but if people want to go to fast food I think it should be their choice. What the government should do instead is offer deals to people to open new fast food businesses that are actually healthy. Like fast salad shops and things like that. ^^ I can't tell you the number of times that I've wanted a quick snack but can't find anything yummy like cut fruit or veggies. It's all fries and bread here!
Alita: JunjunMitsuiangelachibayuy on September 22nd, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
I don't get how you can't love Mister Donuts... they are SOOOO good. So much better than Dunkin and Krispy Kreme (bleh occasionally OK but more expensive than Misdo and way too sugary). I am tempted to go there tomorrow cuz it is 100 yen weekend but resisting because it would be nice just to spend one day in the house and not get sucked into the medal games at the arcade near Misdo.

BTW I am getting a feeling that you live awfully close to me, like at least on the same train line. I can't figure out quite where but your description sounds familiar. I'm in Sagi btw.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 23rd, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
LOL it's probably because I don't care for doughnuts much. I like flavored cake doughnuts (there is a great gourmet place that makes them), and I like danishes or jelly doughnuts. There is no place that makes good danishes with tons of jelly, especially lemon! I don't get it. Danishes are the main point of doughnuts.. at least so I think =D

What line do you live on? I checked but there doesn't seem to be a Sagi station on my line :)
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wanderingdreamr: kobatowanderingdreamr on September 22nd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
BOSS coffee? Lol, think that made my day.
angeangelamori on September 22nd, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
not that I live in Japan, but! Those aren't policemen. They're more like upgraded security guards? Direct traffic, help out randomly... :\ I'm quite sure they're 警備員…
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 23rd, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
LOL< you're right. Actually, I think of them as the same thing, so I didn't think to use another word. ^^; They're pretty superfluous though, ne!