This past week has been so busy, and all I want is to cozy up at home and sleep, sleep, sleep. On Monday I ditched my workout (gasp!) and went shopping for presents and snacks for Canada, which was a lot of fun. I picked up green tea Kit Kats and Pocky and all those delicious little snacks I tend to take for granted.
On Tuesday I attended a screening for the documentary film Hafu, documenting the experiences of mixed-race Japanese people, and starring my dear friend Sophia. I felt so proud to see her on the big screen, and the discussion panel that followed was really interesting, complete with half Japanese speakers and Japanese returnees. I had never realized how challenging it must be for mixed race Japanese and even (fully Japanese) returnees to fit in Japanese society. It made me think about the fact that I'm somehow a 'half' myself, French and Italian, but it's never something that I thought much about growing up in Canada.
Afterwards, a few of us stopped by a pub in Shibuya to cheer to Canada Day, which I rarely celebrate, but it seemed fitting as my trip is coming so soon, and being in Japan makes me feel strangely proud to be Canadian. Being away makes you appreciate where you're from (at least it does for me), and even though Canada has a lot of its own issues, it's a beautiful place with a high quality of life, clean air, lots of space and friendly people. While at the Canada Day party, I had the pleasure of meeting some Twitter friends in person, and that always makes me feel like I'm meeting celebrities. Shout out to Glenn and Ali, was so nice to finally meeting you both!
On Wednesday I went to Fuglen for a chat with a fellow Montrealer, and it warms my heart to speak French and to feel like home, with people I just met yet have probably crossed paths with a few years back. I tried the mini craft beer tasting menu, with beers from Germany and Denmark.
Tonight I made it to yoga class- it's a class a friend introduced me to, held in a community centre and taught by a friendly, amazing instructor who definitely knows what he's doing. The class was held in Japanese but I managed to follow. It's a refreshing change from all those expensive yoga studios around Tokyo; the class is very basic and organic, and I actually enjoyed it, surprisingly as I've never been a huge fan of yoga. Ideally I'd like to combine my fitness classes with some yoga, I think I would feel really good.
I've been feeling bad again lately about my my shape and size in Japan. In Canada I'm considered very average, perhaps even smaller than the average, but in Japan I'm obviously on the 'fat' side (curves = fat). It usually doesn't bother me, but it comes and goes and it's been a difficult part of living in Japan. I was just shopping at a department store a few days ago, and was browsing through non-Japanese brands like Theory, Marc Jacobs and See by Chloe. To my surprise, all they had on display were extra-small and small sizes, nothing bigger. Out of curiosity I asked if they had more sizes in the back, but no! That's all they carry. I felt quite shocked. For a moment I felt thankful I can fit in a small size, but then again, all I could think about is how frustrating that is, and not realistic, and I left feeling horrible about myself. Shopping in Japan can be a bit disheartening, and I don't recommend going to department stores where they have limited everything- perhaps flagships are safer, online shopping, or big chains like Zara and H&M.
And here comes the weekend…
|Japanese snacks galore!|
|Rainy season isn't over yet|
|Whoopi Goldburger- always perfection|
|July metro manner poster:|
stop checking your phone
|Hafu screening, discussion panel <3 td="">3>|
|And, it's hot again|