... Part 2

I know it's been a while, but I've been working.  But tonight I've got some time for an update to bring you intrepid vicarious travelers up to speed.  It won't even take too much time.  Today, it's mostly about food.

I haven't had a whole lot to write about because I've eaten my dinners at the hotel, food from the supermarket next door.  Nothing you haven't seen from the last visit.  Rice packages, cereal, fruit.  Not so exciting.  But the Cup Noodle is still great.  Take a look - you don't get big shrimp like this in the US-packaged ones.  This is dry, hasn't had water added yet.

I got a few items, I thought they were panko-crusted chicken patties or something; they turned out to be patties of some fish-flavored jelly substance that I didn't find too appealing.  There may have been tiny shrimp in there but I didn't spend a lot of time figuring it out.

Tuesday I wrote about a chinese noodle soup that was outstanding. It's been on my mind since then, so I went back there for lunch today.  1200 Yen gets you this: A big bowl of soup with noodles, rice, chinese pickle and radish, and green tea pudding.  Mmm.

In the complex where the office is there's a German-style restaurant. They have sausages and the like.  Haven't eaten there yet but I imagine I will try it.

A view of some other buildings around the office.

Tonight we went to Akihabara Electronics Town to walk around and have dinner.  Didn't buy anything,

Dinner was at a restaurant in Akihabara called Negishi, which features tender charcoal-grilled beef tongue, a grated yam porridge which you pour over the barley rice, and an oxtail soup with green onion.  A side of pickle and a spicy peppe and iced tea rounds out the meal.  It was really good and I enjoyed it a lot. Only down side was the porridge was kind of sticky and got cold fast.

Finally, I knew I could buy pharmacy kind of stuff here so I didn't bring a month worth of products.  I was running out of toothpaste so I looked through the store and settled on this, which was near the toothbrushes, hoping it was toothpaste.  It was, kind of orange minty.  Good.  Wash!

That's it for tonight. I've got Saturday free to do some work and see some sights, and Sunday I go to a modern interpretation of traditional Japanese puppetry. Should be really cool, since it's an interpretation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince, which is a book every French student reads.  I'll give an update over the weekend.  Cheers!