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07 March 2011 @ 01:36 am
Why last week was so bad and today was so great!  
A picture of Kimberly and I from today (courtesy of Tiffany)

So, yesterday I mentioned that I had had a rough week or so. Oh man. To summarize it all, last week I got food poisoning and spent almsot an entire day with the worst nausea imaginable. (probably from some oden that I got at the nearby market. It was delicious, but I am wary of getting it any more. Maybe from the conbini next time, even though it's more expensive.)

Then I made pickles, right? So I took the new batch off the shelf to take the picture that I posted yesterday, and... put it back in the fridge! Oyyyyyyyyyy...... -_-; I took it out this morning when I realized, but I think that it was too late and probably halted the fermentation before the pickles were ready. I may end up with another case of food poisoning next week because of it.. >.>;;

Then I dropped Ribon (the manga magazine. Roughly the size/weight of a phone book) on my foot. The corner hit the bone on the top of my foot head-on and produced a nice lump and a bit of pain. Liiiiiimp was born!

Then finally the 31st rolled around and it was payday so I needed to go to the bank to withdraw monies to pay for my rent. This wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't randomly decided to hail, snow, sleet, and finally settle on freezing rain. Fuuuuuun! It is a 15-minute walk to the bank, btw, but I decided to try to make it shorter and took my bike. Will someone remind me that I do not possess awesome can-hold-an-umbrella-and-ride-a-bike-at-the-same-time skills of the ninja? Little ol' me was frozen and soaked through very quickly.

The next day at least it had stopped raining/sleeting, and it was the first, so I could finally sign up for the local gym! They were running an awesome special, so me and the BF decided to sign up together. Little did we know, the sale ended the day before we came. ^^; They decided after some debate to give it to us anyways, and we spent about an hour going through the signup process and listening to the rules, etc. Then finally after everything, they "mentioned" that these small things are not allowed:

Pregnant women (no problem!)
Piercings aside from the ears (I want one in my belly button but don't have)

BF has a tribal pattern tattooed around his ankle. It is small and not offensive at all, but nope. NO-GO! After an hour of listening and going through the signup process, they mention this NOW!!!?!?!! I was very offended.

By the way, in the past the yakuza (the japanese mafia) were the only people who used to have tattoos. So there is a big stigma against them here in Japan among the old people. It's really pretty normal to have a tattoo nowadays and a lot of young people have them, but some old folks still will complain that they are scary and that is why they are not allowed. Even if it was a tattoo of Minnie Mouse and a heart with a rainbow, it is "too scary." (Well, I kinda agree, that might be a little bit scary) I can't understand that rule though, at all. I mean, if I personally found 80-year old ladies that dye their hair purple offensive and complained, would they ban them too? (the answer is no, by the way. I asked ^^; Actually, the girl I asked laughed, but I assume that means no ;o;) It is a stupid reason. They wouldn't even let him just promise to cover it up with like, a bandaid or something.

So I did not join the gym. No awesome-looking hot yoga classes for me, for practically free. ToT It was so cheap, too!!! ToT I could join alone, but I can't force myself to, on principle. BF thinks that because money is a bit strained for people nowadays, they might eventually drop the rule. I hope so.

But to be honest, it's not just the time that I was upset about. It's all my fault, but I have a personal body goal, but I was getting tired and working out outside is uncomfortable (I hate the cold), so I took two weeks off of working out, since I was planning to join the gym. During those two weeks I gained over 10 pounds. UGH. It's my fault, but I feel really set back now. However, there is nothing to do but go on, and so until I decide what to do, I am jumping rope every day in my living room. It's kinda fun at least ^^

But anyways... on the 1st I was feeling pretty down from the gym debacle, and it didn't help that I had woken up with a bit of a crick in my neck. Not too bad, but I couldn't turn my head to the right without a bit of pain. I figured it would clear up, but instead, at about 10 it suddenly became UNBEARABLE. AWFUL. I tried hot and cold pads and ended up downing painkillers, but nothing worked. I couldn't slleep a wink and started crying at one time because it hurt so badly. Almost all of the 2nd was spent in extreme pain. I literally couldn't even check my email, it hurt so badly! Luckily, BF offered to take me to the pharmacy, and they gave me some pills that would supposedly relax the muscles. I don't know if they worked, but about 8 hours later I finally started feeling decent. Decent enough to grab some free ramen from Softbank (more about that later!).

I feel good now that I've gotten that off my chest! I feel like I don't want to complain any more, lol, so how about talk about what I did today? I have tv work again this week, so I worked out and then dyed my hair in the morning. Then I went to Shibuya and met up with Eda, and we hit up Forever 21. It's not really the best store, but it's cheap and sometimes I find simple clothes that I really like there! This time found two tops that I am definitely going to get a lot of wear out of when it gets a littlle bit warmer! Yay!! =^^= They are so cheap! I kinda feel like I want to change my fashion this year, so here goes nothing! ♥

After the short shopping trip, we joined "the girls" at TGI Fridays nearby, to celebrate Kimberly's divorce being finalized, and finally finishing her master's degree! That's a lot to celebrate (and the first divorce party I've ever been to! I seem to be going to another one next Sunday, though XD) Tiffany summed it up better than I could in her blog here: http://www.writerinjapan.net/2011/03/07/happy-kimberly-day/ (She loves comments, so leave her a comment if you stop by, please! ^o^)

Well, in any case there seems to have been no explosive backlash from the last post, so I think that I'll continue with the 10 things meme. At least, the world did not come crumbling down, as far as I know! Even if, I did randomly see a video that made me ashamed to be an American. ToT

Day 01: 10 things about you
Day 02: 10 things you love
Day 03: 10 things you hate
Day 04: 10 things you want to say to one person
Day 05: 10 wishes
Day 06: 10 items you can’t live without
Day 07: 10 important people
Day 08: 10 of your favorite songs
Day 09: 10 ways to win your heart
Day 10: Final 10 words.

Ten things that I love!

1. Makoto ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
2. Good friends, which I have many of *^^* I am really fortunate in this aspect =^^=
3. Tea (especially chai, earl grey, and green. I drink tea every day, without fail. ^^)
4. A good book ♥ This includes manga and comics, of course!!
5. Good entertainment (this includes movies, music, tv, etc!)
6. Stargazing. I wonder what all is out there, and how big the universe really is. I used to own a telescope, and I would like to get another one someday. My parents used to take our family out to the middle of fields during meteor showers, and we would lay down on lawn chairs or in the back of the truck and gaze at the stars. Those were some of my favorite moments in life ♥
7. The ocean. I sometimes think that I must have been a mermaid in a past life. That would explain why the ocean fascinates and attracts me so much. Seeing the ocean makes me, no matter how bad I may have been feeling, calm. So very calm and at home. I would love to live on a beachfront someday. =^^=
8. Warm, dry weather. I think that sunny 80-90 degrees with 0-4% humidity is probably ideal weather. ^^
9. The smell of cut grass. It reminds me of lazy summer days when I was a child. I played a lot outside by myself, with my My Little Ponies, or laying on the lawn reading My Side of the Mountain.
10. Comments and emails =^^= I read everything and try to answer if/when I can!

I have a habit of writing right before I go to bed, don't I! Any thoughts? I really, really love checking my email and finding comments. If there are a lot it usually makes my day. I feel validated, somehow ^^;
Debbieteacup_bunny on March 6th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
I feel like you'd really love Dr. Who, considering you love space and aliens! In any case, thanks for the interesting blog <3 I like reading it so much!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 7th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I did try to watch Dr Who (the first) a while ago, but I couldn't get into it. The cinematography and female lead were both so bad.. ToT It is so popular, too!
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 7th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
Ooh, that's great! (coming to Japan)

Yeah, depending on your community and where the tattoo is, you might not have a problem. Like I said, it's normal on the street, but if you want to join a gym or go to an onsen, it might be a problem. T-T
crunchy_lolipopcrunchy_lolipop on March 6th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm really shy so I haven't really commented much (if not all) but I really love your blog, and since you like comments, I'm going to try and comment more ^^
The rain/bad weather thing used to happen to me a lot when I lived in the middle of nowhere and had to walk a lot so I understand the feeling... Anyway, I hope you'll have a better week this week!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 7th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for the comment! Yeah... I hope the weather gets better, but yesterday was warm and today I woke up to a blizzard! Tokyo just can't figure out what weather it wants to play ^^;
ShadowNiteWolf: Bookstoreshadownitewolf on March 6th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Well even though your week turned out bad, you had some better things make up for it!

But that tattoo thing seems a little extreme...especially when he said he would cover it o_O
But, I understand the issue they would have...

A divorce party? I don't think I've ever heard of one of those before xD
(Anonymous) on March 6th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Was she married to a Japanese guy? I've heard that most relationships between foreign women and Japanese men don't work out for a variety of reasons. You and Makoto are an exception of course.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 7th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
I don't think that it's my place to say. But I think it didn't really have anything to do with ethnicity ^^
Alita: hitomiangelachibayuy on March 6th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Hope this week goes better than last! BTW, there's a new yakiniku place that is cheap at your station now 美貴亭 so we should try it sometime ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 7th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Seriously? Yeah, let's try it out!!
超ちゃ人chochajin on March 7th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
There are days or even weeks like that when everything seems to go wrong. For some reason those things always happen together and it accumulates to some big huge UHOH F*** it! x_X
I hate food poisoning and all the more I hate stupid rules. Why the hell wouldn't they let join people who are pregnant or with tatoos/piercings?? So stupid :(
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 7th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Pregnant I can understand, because it could injur the baby. There are saunas and onsens and stuff inside, which is all damaging to a fetus. But tattoos... that is just an oldfashioned pov and catering to the elderly. It's extremely unfair.
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Blacklillykittygoth on March 7th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
I feel your pain with the gym situation. I was kicked out of a gym a few years ago when an old lady spotted my tattoos and grassed on me to the staff. They came to talk to me while I was changing, and then by the time I was out in the lobby, they had already completed the cancellation form for me. All I had to do was sign.

As I left they said: "It's hard being a foreigner in Japan".

Interestingly, when I lived in the mountains, I told the gym I had tattoos and they were cool with it as long as I had them covered. Tokyo seems like the most intolerant place sometimes!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 7th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Oh no! Did they at least refund your membership fee?
Liz Starskylizstarsky on March 7th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Man, you weren't kidding about having a bad week. x_x Glad things are somewhat better now...

By the way, I second the idea about giving Doctor Who a try - I think you might really like it. Start with the David Tennant episodes, though - the ones with Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who aren't bad, but the Tennant episodes are when things start to get REALLY good. *_* It's definitely worth giving a shot. If you want some recommendations for what episodes to watch, just let me know and I'll be glad to give them. Returning the favor for DS9, perhaps. ^_~

Anyway, I hope this week is a bit less crappy for you! XD;;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 7th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
The episodes I watched were the first (new) series. There was a really awful blonde girl as the lead. Is she in the later seasons? And is the cinematography better? It is really hard for me to get past bad cinematography (and fake-looking makeup). :( Is it really okay to skip whole seasons/series? I don't understand how more than one person can play the same character (doctor). Maybe you can explain it to me :)
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zombiestarzombiestar on March 7th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
I hope the week gets better!

lameness about the tattoo rule it seems like the last time I was in japan all the young people had tattoos(or a lot of girls)

kakibellkakibell on March 7th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Despite that the yakuza are everywhere, people seem to have an irrational fear of anything associated with them. I've been to a sauna that is quite "gray" in nature (many of the people going in are obviously affiliated , and not only were the prices excellent, the service was top notch. In my work in real estate finance, I've noticed that the people who are the most sensitive about organized crime associations tend to be foreign investors/lenders. I'm wondering if this gym has foreign investor/lenders in its corporate structure and has this zero tolerance policy just to cover their asses, especially since you said it's a pretty nice gym.

I wouldn't say that having a tattoo is "really normal" here though. It doesn't as strong of a stigma as before, but to some degree, tattoos are still seen as fairly unprofessional in working society. I know of at least one employee who was chewed out by his fairly young boss for having one, despite it being not obvious.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 7th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
You're right about it not being seen as professional. I think so too, for the most part, that a tattoo of any sort would look out of place in a business-suit type of office. I was thinking more that I see them on the street a lot, on the young kids in Shibuya and such.

This is the gym that I was trying to join: http://www.asuwell.jp/
I don't know if they have foreign ties or what, but it still is annoying. When I asked why she told me that it was because customers complain if they see tattoos, and members have even been kicked out when someone complained that they had a tattoo. If that's not the real reason, then I would definitely appreciate if she didn't lie about it.
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Moi: sigh...chuchuchie on March 7th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
wow about the tattoo rule... my husband is Japanese and has mentioned that to me once (we were talking about the different expectations we have for our daughter), and i just looked at him incredulously, but i guess i owe him an apology. :P it makes sense when more than half of the population is full of the uber conservative elderly... :/

sorry to hear about your tough week and hope that things look up soon! :)
loki_leeloki_lee on March 7th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
I really love reading your blog - it's so much fun to read and see what you're up to. It's really cool to read about your life in Japan, dreams about becoming a mangaka and expecially all the memes.

Also, good luck with loosing weight~ It's hard (feels damn impossible for me sometimes ;______;) but I guess in the end the reward will be worth it. :)
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on March 9th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
That is a really bad week. It's so ridiculous that a tiny tattoo can get you banned from a gym membership, and even more ridiculous that they don't mention it right off!
Earl Grey! I am drinking a cup right now. Is it weird that I was really inspired to try it because Jean Luc Picard drinks it?
karisumagyaru.blogspot.com on March 10th, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
wow, it's really lame they wouldn't even let you guys join!! at the gym where i used to go, there was a clause like that but they said "you must cover it at all times, and if someone complains about seeing it, you're out, no warning". i don't have any tattoos but i have friends who do, so it's usually an issue.

anyways, have you tried workout dvds? that's what i've been doing since my gym membership was just WAY too expensive, and it's too cold to do anything outside... it works well even in my super tiny 1LDK...

good luck with everything!