I had a little bit of my Japanese baseball fix on the plane, as I watched the sports segment of the news.
|The Chunichi Dragons defeated the Hiroshima Carp 9-3.|
Marc and I have already had a day and a half to hang out and acclimate ourselves to the drastic time change. It hasn't helped; for the first time in my ten trips to Japan as an adult, I am suffering from jet lag. Usually that doesn't kick in until I get home, but I crashed early last night and have been awake since around 2:00 a.m. Yawn. Grrr.
That doesn't mean we haven't enjoyed ourselves. Shortly after checking into our hotel, we walked to Akihabara, the renowned Electric Town, to find a replacement for the cell phone charger I lost. I'm sure I'll find it when I return home. Anyway, we made our purchase at Yodobashi, which has everything any computer and gadget geek would ever want.
The charger replacement was a success, so we stopped at a konbini near the hotel to fill up on Japanese junk food. There's nothing quite like a bento with chicken karaage, inari zushi, boiled egg, a tiny piece of hamburg steak, fish cake, etc. It's yummy stuff.
Today was spent writing and walking around the super-charged neighborhood of Shinjuku, where we had lunch at Yanbaru, an Okinawan restaurant. We ate bowls of thick Okinawan soba noodles with a side of pork tamago (an egg dish in which the "pork" is actually Spam). And yes, I love Spam; don't judge me!
|Interior of Yanbaru|
|Bingata, a traditional textile of Okinawa, at Yanbaru restaurant|
|Yanbaru's menu, written on a likeness of Okinawa's Shuri Castle|
|Yanbaru's menu featuring the shisa, a lion dog|
|Only the bones remained|
I have just enough time to squeeze in a nap before we have dinner at the JapanBall Hall of Fame. Looking forward to reporting more good times.