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a shinjuku christmas
Things have been fairly busy lately as my time here in Tokyo is progressing. The weather is getting much colder and the holiday season is rapidly approaching. Many of the department stores have already started playing American Christmas music and begun putting out decorations. Although there is a distinctly winter holiday-esque facade to the city, I feel as if the true 'spirit of the season' is lacking here in Tokyo. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I'm on the other side of the world, looking in on a culture that is totally different, yet very similar, to the one I know. Or perhaps it has to do with the fact that the majority of Japanese people aren't Christian, and on the 25th they eat Christmas cake instead of exchanging presents (although who's to say that that really has anything to do with Christianity anyway?).
Either way, it's refreshing but at the same time, makes me miss home a little. However, I do enjoy seeing the super-bright LED Christmas lights and I am also looking forward to the cold weather and possibly seeing some snow.

I joined the Sophia Walking Circle at my university. Comprised of about 40 students (both Japanese and foreigners), this club meets to go walk around Tokyo! It sounds kind of silly but it provides a nice way to get to know many different students, practice Japanese, and see more of the city. Plus at the end of every walk, there's a small drinking and eating party. And they're serious about all of this too. The average walk is about 15 kilos and spans the course of an entire day. There was even a walk that went around the entire Yamanote-line track (almost 40 kilometers!).
I went on the last walk around Kasumigaseki to tour many of the downtown government buildings. It was nice and we were fortunate enough to have good weather.

On a whim, the other day I decided to take a short trip down to Hamamatsucho which is down near the waterfront. It was a nice trip I took by myself, even though it was night time. I finally saw Tokyo Bay and the water which I had been missing. It was quiet being that it was a Monday night, but that was just what I needed. I guess I'm finding that living in a foreign place comes with certain difficulties, but I feel that I am learning a lot from it, one way or another.
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a shinjuku christmas
a shinjuku christmas
circus christmas lights! i mean, i…
circus christmas lights! i mean, …
there was a line to this little li…
there was a line to this little l…
actually it was nothing but a movi…
actually it was nothing but a mov…
w/ the walking circle @ hibiya par…
w/ the walking circle @ hibiya pa…
kabuki theater in the ginza
kabuki theater in the ginza
foot pressure point massage @ the …
foot pressure point massage @ the…
but it was really quite painful.
but it was really quite painful.
inside the marunouchi building. th…
inside the marunouchi building. t…
tokyo station
tokyo station
the nice thing about the walking c…
the nice thing about the walking …
above yotsuya station
above yotsuya station
tokyo bay
tokyo bay
rainbow bridge
rainbow bridge
i had this great squid and wings @…
i had this great squid and wings …
coffee here is great, but sometime…
coffee here is great, but sometim…
the casual bar, a hawaiian themed …
the casual bar, a hawaiian themed…
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