Lost in Translation in Tokyo - Crazy eye drops and Toe Socks
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March 4th, 2008 – by: slimbolima
After the interview (during which I was way too caffeined out thanks to Starbucks Japan not carrying silly decaf), I met up with Mitzi, an old basketball teammate from high school. She has been living in Japan for the last 3 years, teaching English through the JET program.
It is amazing how much people change (including myself) and your relationships change (including my own) from high school times, yet it was so awesome to get together with Mitz. I think it´s safe to say I´ve probably seen Mitzi like once during the 8 years since graduation, but we got along very well and caught up on gossip about all our mutual friends.
In true Japanese fashion, Mitzi brought me omiyage (a little gift) of crazy eye drops that supposedly and of course, necessarily, whiten your eyeballs. How it works, I am not sure although I´m pretty sure it wouldn´t be approved by the FDA. I liken it to bleach in the eye, because that is exactly how it feels, but it also leaves you feeling oddly refreshed, as if that unnecessary layer known as your cornea was in the way and now, that it´s been chemically burned off, you can see much better. She also brought the cutest toe socks (like gloves for your feet) with little rabbit-like faces on each toe.
After a delicious lunch of miso ramen and gyoza, we wandered around Ginza, ogling at the beautiful food in the basements of the large department stores like Mitsukoshi. Yums! I of course bought (and ate) way too much daifuku, which probably brought me a few steps closer to diabetes of some sort. My favorite was the one with a strawberry and red bean inside. MOCHI!
It was great to catch up with Mitzi and see that she is so happy! Life is funny sometimes, the way it brings people together and apart. Ah so. So, so, so, so, so, totemo daijobu des!
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