Japan 2019 Day 14 - The Final DayMar 11, 2019 5 min read
Toshima Incineration Plant
Today for lunch, I’m meeting up with Pedro, a Sploon friend studying in Japan.
We tried to meet the last time I was in Japan but we lacked the time/money to cross cities.
It’s still morning so I got off the train halfway to walk around Ikebukuro for a bit.
Though, I ended up picking a direction that didn’t have much going on.
(Which also happened to be the same wrong direction we walked in when we were trying to find Sunshine City back in 2014.)
Wew busy. I thought I’d never be able to get through that crowd and off that train.
It’s surprisingly easy to spot someone at the Hachiko statue despite it being surrounded by like 200 people. I was going to try and sneak a candid photo of Pedro but we both saw each other almost immediately.
We decided on getting lunch at a family restaurant since we thought we might be able to chill there.
Turns out 2pm is pretty much peak lunch time here. It was packed and we had to queue for a bit before we could get a table. They must get a lot of traffic here in Shibuya since they even had a waiting area with chairs.
MEGA Don Quijote
Can you believe Nintendo still doesn’t have their own store in Japan?
Would have been cool to look at Splatoon stuff but anyway, MEGA Donki time instead.
Pointing stuff out to each other in a big store is my go-to when meeting people.
2022 update: I finished it. It was ok.
All the milk you could want.
Look at all the weebs flocking in just because there’s a picture of an anime girl on the slot machine.
Liberty Used Figure Store
BEAUTIFUL GIRL FIGURE
Rin’s cute too.
Photo borrowed from Google Maps Streetview
Oh, Eternal Amusement Tower was the arcade Noe recommended.
It supposedly had a ton of rhythm games including the old generations but I walked right past it.
Anyway, it died after Covid.
Clever cover design for this yuri romance manga.
Yancha Gal, one of the manga riding off the wave of the new teasing girl genre.
Surprised it doesn’t have an anime yet.
A manga about office ladies eating large amounts of meat.
Nobody ever translated past the first volume though.
A cute fantasy slice-of-life about a masked retired soldier who just wants to spend the rest of his days building his dream house, occasionally going on side quests while reluctantly taking care of some kid with magical powers that fell into his lap one day.
…That sounds a lot like that new 2020 Star Wars Mandalorian show now that I think about it.
Misleading cover, it’s just a slice-of-life manga about a guy living in his apartment in modern Japan with his fox-wife.
Just like that book next to it, Senko-san, which is also a slice-of-life manga about a guy living in his apartment with his fox-wife.
Blessed to have taken a picture of next year’s AOTY.
Did you know the quintuplets names are based on the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5?
Japan has a lot of names based on numbers. Like “Hifumi” literally meaning “1 2 3”.
Except for that stall right there.
Denny’s with A-san
My 2nd family restaurant of the day. The karaage set meal was okay.
I’ve met A-san 4 times now somehow and I don’t even know the guy.
I only met him the first time because I was with Rokodo, who only started talking to A-san in the first place because he had a cute avatar on Osu. Then again, Rokodo also started talking to me because I was wearing an anime t-shirt so that’s’ pretty on-brand.
Did you know he’s actually a decently popular artist with over 15K followers on Twitter?
Anyway, I dm’ed the celebrity on Twitter like “yo, you don’t remember me but I’m in Japan, wanna food?” and he was like “いいね 😋👍！”
A-san’s avatar on LINE is also cute.
I showed him Noe’s cosplays and VRChat avatars. “Cute! 😋👍”
We started eating and he sugoi’ed that I could use chopsticks. Bro, your country got these from us.
Turns out he’s from the same city that AnoHana was set in.
After asking me about the places I visited, he got jealous and said he’s only been to the US once for the Google IO dev conference. Then I remembered that time he posted a photo of his school swimsuit in front of the Google headquarters on Twitter.
A-san uses a Sony smartphone. Apparently they’re still pretty popular in Japan.
We were both using the same phones as the last time we met. Loved my Samsung S7, it outlasted even the Google phone of its generation in software updates.
I was having a hard time figuring out this word A-san was using. Turns out the Japanese pronounce “app” as apuri. A-san had made this Live2D loli app, and it turns out I had actually downloaded it before in the past. Wow, this thing even has over a 100K downloads. I had to translate that to 10万 for him.
“Would you get detained at the border if I gave you one of my doujins?”
I accepted his sfw New Years postcard instead.
I ended up losing the pay-the-bill battle with A-san again. He paid with a card. Fancy.
He knew my avatar on LINE was Yuno from Hidamari and asked if I was watching any airing anime. I didn’t know how to pronounce the full Wataten title so I just showed him Google images of Hana eating melon pan.
A-san asked if I watched any Virtual Youtubers and it took me 5 tries to pronounce Kaguya Luna. “Oh, did you know there’s a new vtuber on Luna’s team, Pinky Pop Hepburn?” Just as I said that, we rounded the corner to a P.P.H artbook and we both simultaneously pointed it out like a couple of soyjacks.
A-san likes Hatoba Tsugu.
Has science gone too far?
A-san noticed the Yuru Camp keychain on my bag and said his uni friend is working on season 2.
We saw the artbook celebrating the end of the Heisei era that I bought on the first day. A-san mentioned that he works as a server engineer and it’s been his job lately to make sure there aren’t any bugs during the era transition. Japan’s own Year 2000.
2022 update: RIP in peace, Toranoana
Everyone I met this trip has expressed concern over whether I’m cold in just a hoodie.
New Koyo Hostel
After what happened in 2017, I’m gonna play it safe and stay overnight at the airport.
Who could these handsome fellows be?
Playing it double safe and taking a taxi this time. The receptionist seemed kinda surprised by that. “Eh? It costs money you know?” I guess their hostel guests usually pick the economical option.
First Cabin Hotel
Right, dropped off the bags, time to explore the airport.
I picked up the latest Tights artbooks by Yomu.
A-san praised my choice and went full otaku-mode, pointing out all the little details like the stitching in the tights that Yomu gets right, while simultaenously honing in on a bunch of other artists on the nearby shelves that he calls true experts.
The store also gave me Yomu’s free bonus sketchbook that despite the chest-focused cover, only contains sketches of feet.
Also got some usagi cakes for Noe and some popular facewash capsules for my sister.