蒸し暑い

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I spent my first day sleeping for 17 hours: From 20 to 13. (That included two 15 minute Ranma½ breaks, but then I would fall asleep again.) I needed the sleep because I couldn’t sleep (well) on the plane, and the night before departure I was waken up by our Hausmeister at 4 am, which is when he prefers to clean the hallway, banging his broom against our thin doors while humming some tune, the smell from detergent and cigarette smoke making its way into our flats. I usually don’t mind, but there I lost another hour of sleep …

Today I shopped for household necessities at Nakano Broadway, which is a kind of shopping arcade with lots of otaku stores including Mandarake. So in addition to towels and underwear I was very close to buying a way too big and expensive action figure of Astro Boy. I’m not really a fan of him (meaning I haven’t read the manga), but he is very famous and almost a symbol of post-war Japan, so maybe I’ll go back…

It’s very humid here, the towels never dry. Today it was raining.

Now I’m soon off to dinner with one of my friends who live here.

And yes, this is my house (the one on the right).

4 Responses to 蒸し暑い

  1. Oscar Swartz September 25, 2013 at 12:04 #

    Fascinating w such a hypermodern country and all those phone lines (and power??) in the air instead of the ground.

    • Karl September 25, 2013 at 12:15 #

      It’s probably not a strategy, but the air thing feels less unmodern when you consider this:

      “One of the reasons why Japan has the highest internet speeds in the world at cheap prices – telecommunication wires are mostly above ground in residential areas and are easy to install.”

      From this post, which I keep coming back to because it’s so fascinating.

  2. Oscar Swartz September 25, 2013 at 12:05 #

    hmm or does it have to do w earth-quakes, safer and easier in the air? (no idea, just a thought that struck me …)

  3. William September 25, 2013 at 15:39 #

    More importantly, tell us about the magazine you’ll be working for. 🙂

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