It never really bothers me unless I have some kind of technological emergency (phone or computer-related), or if I need to run errands for work-related functions. A few days ago, I found myself in Shibuya at 9am, with two of those emergencies, and obviously nothing was open. I just wandered around, and had a doughnut at Krispy Kreme. I saw many people lining up for pachinko parlours, which all open at 10. They even get numbers in line, and as soon as the doors open they all rush in to try their luck at the machines. This is a bit of a sad scene. I did however get an outstanding customer service experience at the Apple store, and love them even more for this warranty I didn't even know existed.
I hope Tokyo shops and cafes start opening a bit earlier, especially as the flow of visitors is constantly increasing. On the other hand, everything stays open quite late, which fits the usual Japanese work schedule and late finish times.
In other news, I wandered around the Korean Embassy in Azabu and found a great little Korean shop across the street with a tasty selection of kimchi and all the side dishes whose names I cannot remember because it's been so long (and I never knew more than a hundred words in Korean).
I think about Korea a lot lately, maybe because it's been in the news so much lately with the ferry disaster, and I look back at my time there. It was such a long time ago, and I wish I had made the most of my time there. I was quite culture shocked the whole year I lived there, a bit similar to what's happening to me at the moment in Japan, as I haven't gone home in so long.
Japan, do I need to leave you to love you more? Is that how it works?
|Queuing up for pachinko|
|9am Krispy Kreme, nice.|