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06:31 pm: Trip Report
I arrived in Tokyo around lunchtime on the 28th and went straight to Ikebukuro for some shopping. I stopped at Denny's for lunch, figuring it would be easiest to find something vegetarian there. When I went last time it was breakfast; this time I got the lunch menu, and I found that Denny's has been pretty much completely converted into a Japanese restaurant. (Note in the photo that, when you are given your utensils, they automatically come with a set of chopsticks.) After flipping through pages of Japanese seafood and burger dishes, not to mention salads with bacon and chicken in them (not that I eat salad anyway), I finally found potatoes on the side dish page. Not only did they have fries, they were also offering a dish of baked potatoes with butter. The potatoes in question were advertised as a golden Peruvian variety called "Inca's Awakening."

Well. I couldn't pass THAT up.

They were rather expensive for the amount you are actually given. The potatoes themselves were extremely tiny (as pictured). They were advertised to taste like chestnuts, but what they really tasted like was starch. Unlike, say, Yukon Gold potatoes, which have a flavor all their own, these didn't have much flavor other than the butter, plus they were quite crumbly so they were hard to eat with a fork. A little bit disappointing, but all in all, I appreciated the Potato Experience.

After a bit of shopping, I went to stay at wednesday_10_00's apartment, since she graciously gave me a spare key to use while she's visiting her parents. I will say this: I thought MY apartment was cold. Girl, you need to get yourself another heater or kotatsu or something. Using Choco as a lapwarmer was a partial solution, but the fingers of my book-holding hand kept going numb every time I tried to read, and that is simply unacceptable. How can you stand it?

Anyway, after attending a convention on the 29th, I headed home on the 30th. At one of the train stations, I stopped at a snack booth in the hope of picking up some chips to much on, but they didn't have any. What they did have, however, was a lot of chocolate. This included the item pictured: green tea flavored KitKats. (They're apparently a special seasonal offering.) And I had thought the white chocolate KitKats I bought for Halloween were strange...

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:December 30th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
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Girl, you need to get yourself another heater or kotatsu or something.
...Did you turn on the heater? I've found it does a pretty good job of keeping things warm. Of course, it wasn't that cold before I left, did it get a lot colder?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 30th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Well, it was cold enough for the rain to turn into snow. It felt colder there than it does in Kansai.

I did turn on the heater in the morning, hoping it would get marginally warmer in time for me to undress for the shower. This made the air over my head warm. (I was actually shocked when, after I had it on for a while and didn't notice any difference, I stood up and felt the warm air brushing my head.) If I were to read standing up, then my fingers might not have turned into icicles. I'm sure Choco was nice and toasty when she jumped up onto the wardrobe. I feel that a floor-based heater, however, would be more effective.
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