||[Dec. 17th, 2004|09:39 pm]
|||||The Shins - Caring Is Creepy||]|
Yup, fate did its weird twist thing again, and it turns out Nakano wasn't available afterall.
In order to fit all of us in the same place, we were given a choice of Ningyouchou or some place out way past Asakusa, neither which are paricularly ideal.
Still, it's getting late, and I really don't want everyone to be homeless. They gave us a 20,000yen discount each for the inconvenience, which is incredibly nice, really, so I decided to go with Ningyouchou.
Anyway, here is your new house:
As far as the Yamanote line goes, it's down near Nihombashi & Tokyo. It's on the Hanzoumon and Hibiya subway lines, which means you can easily get to Shibuya and Shinjuku without changing 50 million times and buying new tickets. Initially I was like, "Ehhhh...." towards it because of the location, but it's completely grown on me. It's technically Shitamachi ("downtown") - the "old" half of Tokyo, and as such it has a lot more of a cultural vibe to it. There's a really famous shopping street nearby which has all these yummy sounding washoku (trad. Japanese food) & wagashi (trad. Japanese sweets) places. It also has places that sell Japanese wares like fans and kimonos and stuff, but I get the feeling these might be a little on the pricey side. Additionally, it's close to Suitengu, which is a famous Shinto shrine (New Year's visit, anyone?)
For those interested, here are some links (all in Japanese)
http://www.ningyocho.or.jp/ <- shopping district information
http://www.suitengu.or.jp/ <- Suitengu Shrine information
While you digest that, I'll just let you know that my phone has arrived, and I now have a keitai number.
I get in 7am on 12/27 - feel free to call me at any time if something's up. I probably won't have access to email after that.
Also, just while I think of it, I've been trying to get myself organised at this end, and realised with some horror that like, I suck at cooking :x
I'm going to photocopy some recipes so we don't all end up eating wakame ramen the whole time (fun as that is); if anyone else wants to do the same, that'd be really cool.
On that note, I'm off to paint the town red. Ciao!