Monday afternoon I saw two kabuki performances at KABUKI-ZA!! Kabuki rocks when there are demons in it!
Tuesday I ran down to Akihabara for more kaiten-zushi (see previous post for link to that) and some present buying, then went to an Izukaiya with my rommie B and ate bite size chicken skin and livers and stuff and had my first sake in Japan on this trip
Wednesday was my last tutoring session, and after I took myself off to Yasukuni Jinja and found the best thing about the place, for me, was the little koi garden in the back. (pictures forthcoming, promise). After that I went to Ikebukuro for my first American fast food in Japan - KFC and did some shopping and met a school friend H for coffee and cigarettes.
THEN, I spent the rest of the night reading our homework assignment for class and:
EVERYONE INTERESTED IN ALTERNATIVE FICTION (i'm talking new forms of writing), please check this out - it was a sensation in Japan. It's a supposedly true story from a single-men's BBS (online forum) in Japan - this guy was worried about asking a girl out on a date. The BBS of single men (they call themselves poison men because they're the kind of guys who, here, are expecting to be geeky confirmed bachelors their entire lives) gave advice to the guy and basically coached / followed his story. So, this happened on a forum right? Well, the owner / mod of the forum compiled the threads into one single narrative, and then it was consumed by millions in Japan. AND THEN. they printed a book that is the *exact* same thing you can get on line... and know what? It sold in the MILLIONS. I sound like add copy, but it blows me away that the thing that most of us take for granted is our daily life online ... and it was published as a new form of media and not only sold, but was one of the most popular books of the year here. Also? A TV series AND a Movie and I think also a manga and WHOAH. That's a lot of readers.
I want to write more about alternative writing forms, but have to stop gushing. Check it out here: TRAIN MAN 電車男
Today! Today G & I got together after my class and went to Ueno Park: the National Museum, and also the old black market of Japan that used to be right next door (it's now not a black market, but a market, still!). And I had falafel that was FANTASTIC and should be on a show about Tokyo - a $5 falafel. MMMM. Then we finally, after two previous abortive attempts, saw the new Batman movie and ... well, it just about blew the top of my head off with the goodness. Even though I was supposed to go home right after we stopped and got some food so that we could discuss because AH! there was so much to talk about!
tomorrow (friday) i'll try and put up the pictures - studying for my finals on saturday, yay, and then on Sunday I depart for LA!
(and this is what I call a short post)