Ramblings about happenings in my life.

Japan

In and out of Japan

A couple of weeks ago I got called to come back to the shop.  The funny thing was that I left for Japan when all my friends were coming back, literally.  This time around it was a super short trip.  I basically went there to work on a project and come straight home.  I would have stayed longer, but I had to make it back to go to school.

I basically went there to prep 87 laptops for software install.  I would have had more time, except that the customer didn’t pull the trigger for the contract until the last minute.  Needless to say, the project was done ahead of schedule and I had one free day at the shop.  Its getting tougher and tougher for the tuning industry in Japan, so we are expanding our services to things that don’t go fast.  At this point, we got to do what ever it takes to stay afloat.

Thanks to Albert, Tosh and Chie for showing me a good time in TYO!  Hopefully I can chill a little longer next time.

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Until next time…

disclaimer: I have been back from Japan for a month, but I have been super lazy about updating this thing. Thats probably why this is super long.

Japan this time around was filled work and more work.  Even though I lucked out and didn’t have to go to any events, the BOSS kept me pretty busy.  So busy the work has spilled into me doing work at home in LA.  I did make it a point to go stay out in Tokyo more than I usually do.  If I had a choice, I think this would be the best.  Work in inaka, party in the city and vacation in LA.  Could it happen? I hope so.

 

My final night in Tokyo I met up with my new friend Albert.  I actually have heard about him from a number of people before, but never actually met until earlier in my trip.  Super surprised in how we clicked.  Dude is into most of the things I am into and we both fall into the group of people that aren’t normally supposed to be in Japan, but are there anyway.  Newest member of Team BG, represet.  He turned me on onto an anomally that I never knew about. Really cute girls from Korea, studying Japanese and living in the Shibuya area.  Thanks buddy, I make sure you cookies are ready when you come home this winter.

 

We went to go meet up with Tosh and C-star for some dinner and drinks.  By chance Albert ran into his friend on the street that went out with us.  She told us about a bar across the street that served 190yen beers….!? Unheard of in Harajuku.  Here is where things started to get fuzzy.  Since I was on a time restriction with the train and everyone had things to do the next day, we pounded drinks for an hour and a half.  Since they were selling them for that cheap, we had to take advantage.   

When we made our final good byes, I walked to the train station with Albert realizing how drunk I was.  This is when things got fuzzy. Hoping on the Ginza-sen, I felt like one of those piss drunk salary men.  To the point that I thought I was going to hurl on the train itself.  Keeping my composure, I made it to Nihonbashi to realize that I forgot where my hotel was at.  I didn’t help that all the freaking alleys looked exactly the same at night time.

I made a quick stop at the combini and set out on journey to find my hotel.  It took about 20 min of roaming around until I figured out where it was. Success!  Thats about all I remembered.

 

Good friends, good times.  Thanks guys for making my last night in Japan super fun. Got to do it again next time.


Cousins

 

 For some reason, people in Japan like to say you like this person or that person.  The comparison is usually someone famous. Unfortunately for me, everyone says I look like this super famous comedian (森山中の大島). Thats doesn’t sound that bad, except that she is a fat ugly girl.  Recently my friend told me I look like another comedian who is an angry dude (ケンドーコバヤシ).  Thats not as bad.  But I don’t think I look like either… well I do but it still sucks.


My first keitai

 

The first time I ever went to Japan, I was with Eddie and Naoto (Jan 2002). Since me and Naoto were there for a bit of time and we had to split up for separate work, he decided to buy a prepaid cell phone.  When I ended up moving to Japan, he gave me the phone and I have been using it ever since.  This thing has been a trooper for all these years.  But unfortunately, Softbank is killing 2G service as if next March.  They sent me a message that said I needed to upgrade to a 3G phone.  Which is not a bad thing, as I felt super embarrassed when I would whip the phone out in front of people I knew.  Lets paint the picture… You talk to a girl, convince her to give you her number and you break out Zack Morris’ phone… Yeah.  Its about time to upgrade.

The shit part? I have had the same number for the last 4 years and they won’t let me keep it. Oh well. Thanks little guy for holding up all these years. You will mildly missed.


Koshien

Tokai Daigaku

Twice a year, all the high school baseball teams battle it out to try and represent their prefecture in a nationwide tournament held at Koshien Hanshin Stadium.  Everyone just refers to it as Koshien. The summer is by far the bigger of the two, because it represents the final game many players will play in their high school careers.  I posted that I was watching the local Nagano games earlier.  But, I have been watching the national games instead.  Although Dai goes to Tokai, the team representing Nagano was Nagano Nichi Dai.  I have been following their games just to see how they would do.  If you can’t cheer for the Dodgers, might as well cheer for the Angels.

Nagano Nichidai

Unfortunately they lost today to Chuukyoudai Chuukyou from Aichi 15-5. I am not really all that bummed, but it would have been pretty cool to see a Nagano-ken team make it far. Oh well, hopefully this time in 2 years, I will be Osaka watching my boy Dai pitch a shut out. Gambare!