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I am a researcher in bionanotechnology currently living and working in Tokyo. I moved out here nearly three years ago, against my better judgement but in search of adventure. It has certainly been an adventure and not one I would have missed for the world.
I am trying to retrain as a designer and you may see the odd example of my work appear here as I progress.
I also indulge in opinionated rambling.
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Harajuku fail, spelling fail, aircon success!
I went to Harajuku today. It is mad busy. When I got to the station, trains were pulling in and disgorging people onto the platform faster than they could get out the exit. It took me 10 mins to get down the stairs. Here is a photo taken from the platform down the most popular shopping street, it’s maybe 200m long and took me 25 mins of shuffling to get from one end to the other. It was getting late by this time and the crowds had started to thin out somewhat!
My reason for going was to find the Boots branch I had seen mentioned in the area. Armed with directions, I headed off in a manner not dissimilar to the Sekeido incident and, once again, confidently and optimistically completely failed to find it. This time there was no minor miracle, and I did not at any point look up to find myself outside it*. Hot and slightly disheartened I crammed myself back into the train home. 5 mins of frustrated Googling later I found a 2001 news article describing Boots pulling out of Japan after only a couple of years having made thumping losses. Damn. Still, Harajuku’s nice!
It’s getting hot here now. I am reliably informed I can expect another 10C and about double the humidity when it’s at its worst. I have had to fire up the aircon and it’s only taken me 20 mins of time with the kanji dictionary to find the “cold room” button!
A prize to the first person to spot the pretty dreadful spelling error from an old post that has now been corrected.
*Although I did keep turning round suddenly in the hope I would catch it out before it had a chance to hide.