I've worked a lot and also met friends for chatting /coffee, went drinking with co-workers again and finally set up an bank account at sumitomo. The hotel restaurant company requires all employees to set up an account at sumitomo. But not just ANY sumitomo store would do, no.. It had to be the main branch store in Umeda. It is very common to get a specific bank account for companies in japan, but usually any store of a certain bank will do. I never heard it had to be a very specific city store before.
I can go to Umeda straight from my train station. You can probably do some good shopping in Umeda too, but I rather wanted to go to Namba or Shinsaibashi instead. I walked and walked and walked... luckily I crossed some shopping streets in Senba (?), where lots of cheap/non-brand stuff was being sold. I got two new tops (one for 500 and one for 1000 Yen) and they don't look cheap at all. Actually all the things had original price tags with really high prices ! Obviously someone got his /her hands on things from a chinese factory before they'd go to normal brandstores, where the same stuff would be displayed with ridiculous prices.
I eventually arrived somewhere in Namba but I realized I had to walk all the way back again and therefore decided against walking any further. Got another Ice cream (frozen yoghurt) and headed back to Umeda. I also checked out H&M but couldn't find any underwear. Does H&M Japan not carry underwear??? Damn. I was so looking forward to buy one of their comfy T-shirt bras :(
|grapefruit/raspberry flavored frozen yoghurt base and toppings: azukibeans and aloe vera jelly|
Things at work are getting a bit rough lately. I am not on good terms with one guy and I start to worry about how things will develop from now on. It is pretty stressful to work with him.
Monday I didnt do anything at all except washing (3 machines!), lazing around and eating (mostly dais food, sorry babe). Tuesday I went to Akashi to meet Naoko-san. She took a day off at work today because she felt like (?) and also because I am hardly free on weekends. We walked around in Akashi koen (park) http://www.hyogo-tourism.jp/english/spot/68_akashicastle.html and a bit within the city. Then we bought random pastries from dans marché http://www.dansmarche.co.jp/ , sat down next to a river and ate. Bought some more sweets and rode the bus to 伊川谷 Ikawadani, where she lives. At her place we chatted over coffee and played with her two dogs and cat.
|me in one of my new bargain shirts, akashi castle and park, naoko and her pets|
Oh and I got a new hobby (not that I really asked for it): killing cockroaches. I killed two and Dai told me he also killed some.. I am not super scared about insects or something but this isn’t really funny either :( I am pretty sure though, that they get in from the outside and aren’t living/breeding in our flat! We always leave the bathroom window open and I daily air my room, too.
Today, Thursday i am off again. I prefer to stay home today again, because the upcoming five days will be packed with work and meeting friends.
Almost two weeks ago I went to some lovely cafe with Naoko-san. It was my turn to pick some place to go to, so I spend hours and hours on tabelog and eventually decided on this one:
You can have tea and coffee and sweets. The tea is surely of great quality but the main point of this cafe is the interior and the exquisite selection of sweets. You are seated on sofas. Ok I know this isn’t something too special in Europe.. but in Japan it is fairly rare to have sofas or I am just going to the wrong places. After you sit down, you will be brought over all sweets that are available and get time to think about your choice:
|I had houjicha and a matcha flavored dorayaki (tea set on the left)|
It's not the cheapest place to go to but it wasn’t expensive either and once you ordered something, you can sit for hours and wont be bothered to order more. My choice of tea was 400 Yen and my picked candy was 300 Yen. I picked the cheapest stuff that was available. So one visit will result in something between 700 – 1100 Yen.
And one last random photo I took at work. Suddenly I was asked to leave my usual work place and go to the restaurant on the highest floor. I was left there alone and instructed to do nothing and in case a customer comes to call my chef. So I had some time to enjoy the breath-taking scenery:
|Kobe at night|