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Lost in Translation in Tokyo - Crazy eye drops and Toe Socks

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Mitzi´s great omiyage. I am still an eyedrop virgin
Due to a fortunate coincidence, I decided to stop over in Tokyo to  do one of my b-school interviews.  It just so happened, one of the worldwide interview hubs ended up falling one day after a planned connection flight.  I stayed at the Sheraton Miyako, thanks to the last remaining points from 3 years of buying ridiculously priced market reports for consulting projects.  The room was gorgeous, with all those unnecessary but really cool Japanese gadgets.  For example, the elevator buttons had a static electricity defuser so you didn´t get that little shock when pressing the elevator button.  In addition, the toilet came with a remote control so that you could not only spray your butt with water, but vary the speed, force, and direction of that water, and then dry your butt too!  Of course, that was the least of my problems as I had trouble finding the toilet flusher.
Cleaning the windows to my soul
  It literally took me 5 minutes and at one point I was opening up little compartments on the toilet, while thinking, it definitely can´t be this hard to flush the toilet.  (By the way, it was located on the sink near the toilet paper.  WHAT?!

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.
Why does it hurt so much?
  (High school people gossip is really popular with Hawaii peeps.  I suppose it´s because we´ll always identify with our high schools more so than our colleges.)

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.
Being Asian in Ginza
  My grandparents, little cousins, and most of all, myself, got a great kick out of them. 

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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Mitzi´s great omiyage. I am still…
Mitzi´s great omiyage. I am stil…
Cleaning the windows to my soul
Cleaning the windows to my soul
Why does it hurt so much?
Why does it hurt so much?
Being Asian in Ginza
Being Asian in Ginza
Mitzi and I in Ginza
Mitzi and I in Ginza
Me in paradise - Basement of Mitsu…
Me in paradise - Basement of Mits…
My dinner - nishime, pumpkin, and …
My dinner - nishime, pumpkin, and…
Sesame and walnut daifuku - yummy!
Sesame and walnut daifuku - yummy!
Strawberry with red bean mochi!
Strawberry with red bean mochi!
Perhaps, the best invention ever! …
Perhaps, the best invention ever!…
The toilet that stumped me.  In ca…
The toilet that stumped me. In c…
My beautiful room, thanks to marke…
My beautiful room, thanks to mark…
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