Wednesday, November 7, 2012
And unlike my colleague, I won! A whopping 30 yen that I promptly used when paying for a bottle of cold tea in the coop store.
|A shop selling such normal things as a yellow suit, or a doll like dress.|
|Some more Tokyo fashion.|
She was very impressed that I could speak Japanese despite being blond, and after learning I was from Sweden she mentioned that she had a friend who married a Swede and moved to Sweden. She also said she would come to Hokkaido again next week, so I gave her the business card of our magic bar. It would be fun if she actually shows up in our magic bar.
|A small part of all the high school students cramming into my plane.|
I had planned to have an hour of shopping in Tokyo (booking a really early flight) and having plenty of time to find the place of the meeting. My professor showed up on Friday afternoon and said that he had decided that we should have a meeting one hour before the project meeting in Tokyo, so my plans were destroyed. I did reschedule my travels and ended up having almost 30 minutes of shopping and a lot less time for travelling and finding the meeting place.
|One of my favorite t-shirt shops.|
Later, when trying to find the meeting place, I passed two European looking men walking in the opposite direction. They were speaking Swedish to each other! There are very many foreigners in Tokyo compared to Sapporo, so I saw several in one day, haha.
|This vending machine was selling books.|
On Sunday I took the day off from the magic bar, since I had to fly to Tokyo really early in the morning on Monday. That meant I had time to hang out with a friend.
My friend suggested an Italian restaurant called "Le Creer" (which looks more like a French name) that she said was surprisingly cheap. It was. We ordered "assorted entrees", "assorted entrees, hot", pasta (gnocchi in Gorgonzola sauce; extremely good), a pizza (half of it with mushroom and potato, half with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes), a main dish called "10 types of baked vegetables" and another main dish which was stewed beef. We also had assorted teas during dinner, and more teas after we were finished with the food.
All the food showed up in quite large amounts. Pretty much all of it was excellent. I especially liked the gnocchi, the pizza, the stewed meat, the focaccia, the garlic toast, and various other parts of the entrees. We had way too much food.
The interior was very nice (and the exterior was kind of interesting looking too). It also turned out to be a night of live music, so two young girls were playing piano and a young guy was playing chello there. They were good. Nice timing.
The place turned out to be scarily cheap. We paid 5000 yen for all the drinks and food we ordered, which is about half of what I would have expected in a place like that.
|Entrees, some liver pate, focaccia, and Italian salami.|
|Hot entrees, home made bacon, grilled vegetables, and garlic toast.|
|10 types of oven baked vegetables.|
|A pizza with half of it having mozzarella and tomatoes and the other half mushrooms and potatoes in cream sauce.|
|Gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce.|
Labels: Japanese food
Ever since one of my colleagues broke his thighbone, our almost weekly "have dinner and strange discussions" custom has been put on ice, but last week we finally got out again. We went to a cheap izakaya and had lots of good food, and some fun discussions.
|Deep fried cheese, perhaps not the healthiest dish in the world but pretty good.|
|Cabbage and oil.|
|Ramen salad, a Sapporo specialty.|
|Egg, cheese, and fish eggs.|
|Mochi (gooey rice) wrapped in bacon and barbecued.|
|Some kind of gratin.|
Thursday, November 1, 2012
|My boss took a picture of me when I stopped by to pick up some cards I had forgotten to take home after my last shift in the magic bar. October 31.|
|Tuesday's Halloween party at Bottom Cafe. October 28.|
|Halloween party again, this time with mount Fuji in the background. October 28.|
|Being served some Italian food at Garbanzo. October 28.|
|Still in Garbanzo. October 28.|
|Eating some mochi in Ropossa. October 28.|
|Retouching the black paint before doing some magic.|
Yesterday it was finally actually Halloween, so I decided to glue a zipper to my face and paint the rest like the zombie style I had previously. I bought a longer zipper, and 20 cm turned out to be just about right.
|Some girls that came in from a neighboring bar just to take a picture with me.|
I was thinking of painting everything "inside" the zipper with fake blood, but decided to try painting it black instead. That was perhaps not the best idea, because it made the zipper kind of hard to make out from far away. Next time I should have a more visual zipper too, I guess. But the black paint is much less itchy and does not stick to everything like painting yourself with syrup (fake blood) is, so there are benefits too.
|Some girls that had my magician colleagues call me and ask me to come and show my weird face.|
Finally, I visited another place were another friend works. There I ran into another customer from our magic bar, who bought me drinks in return for me posing with the women he was drinking with for some pictures (I would have posed for free too, of course).
My first try at gluing a zipper to my face, step by step
|Actually gluing the zipper on the face.|
|Applying some paint.|
|Adding blood, since everything looks better covered in blood (for instance, the joint between the zipper and the skin stands out a lot less, even without using any expensive make up putty or anything at all).|
|It is cold in Sapporo this time of year, so wearing a jacket is good.|
|7 hours later, the black paint has seriously degraded. The blood and the zipper are still doing fine (one more reason to paint yourself with blood instead of black).|
|The zipper came off easier than expected. Most of my skin and eyebrows are still stuck to my face too!|
|After removing the zipper.|