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08:27 pm: Be my Valentine
On Friday I headed off bright and early to Chiba to meet up with wednesday_10_00 for the weekend. We spent most of the rest of the day sitting in her apartment reading and chatting. We tried watching a DVD, but it turned out to be absolutely horrible, so we put in something different and laughed ourselves silly.

On Saturday we slept late and lazed around for a while. Finally we dragged ourselves out and took a trip to Tokyo, where we visited a vegetarian Indian restaurant. The food was great, and it was a relief to be able to order anything on the menu without having to worry whether it would be safe to eat. We finished up our trip with some manga shopping in Nakano.

On Sunday, Denise had to MC an event as part of her job, so, sadly, we were forced to part. I went on to an event in Asakusa, which is one of the more popular tourist spots in Tokyo. It's famous for its large gate and the temple Sensouji. The roads leading to the temple are lined with all kinds of shops and restaurants.

Since it was previously requested that I post a picture of some J-Pop merchandise, I snapped a shot of some keychains being offered for sale. These, along with cell phone straps, are very common trinkets. A large portion of the selection where I took this picture was dominated by currently popular Korean actors.

After I finished in Asakusa, I headed home. I made it back without too much trouble and quckly set about making a batch of brownies to take to work tomorrow. In Japan, it is expected that girls/women will give chocolate of some kind to boys/men on Valentine's Day. There are two types of chocolate--the kind given to a person you're in love with, and then what is called giri (obligation) chocolate that is given to people at the workplace.

This gift is returned one month later, on March 14, for what is called White Day, when the men give chocolate to the women.

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From:finabair
Date:February 13th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
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You know, it's really neat when you talk about the culture and things you see and talk about over there. I know I don't comment much, but I *love* reading your entries!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 14th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I keep telling myself I need to get out and do more interesting things, but it's hard to fight inertia...
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From:megory
Date:February 14th, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)

Welcome home!

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It sounds like a great weekend. I'm glad you two got a chance to visit.

I could go for a custom where one month all the ladies bring chocolate for everyone, and then a month later, all the guys bring chocolate. I wonder if there is a way to work that custom into our Foreign Studies Club? Hmmm...I wonder what to do for the other 363 days? There must be more customs out there somewhere, in some country...
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 14th, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Welcome home!

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There must be more customs out there somewhere, in some country...

You mean, more customs involving chocolate? ^_~
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From:megory
Date:February 15th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC)

Re: Welcome home!

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Definitely!
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From:amnachaidh
Date:February 14th, 2005 07:58 am (UTC)
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I've been there! I was testing pumping equipment in 2000 in Japan.

Just that.
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From:nitasee
Date:February 14th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
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a picture of some J-Pop merchandise

GACKT!
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