Today was nice.
I woke up at 8, was freezing to death, cranked up the heat (once I figured out how), then went back to sleep until 10 a.m. (Which is exceedingly late for me.)
I goofed around for most of the day, played on the computer a bit, did laundry, and then I went to the local Aeon mall.
Going to the mall was interesting. It was about a 25 minute hike to get there, and when I got there, it felt like a smaller-scale version of a U.S. mall. As if everything had been shrunk a bit.
It felt very crowded, and un-U.S.-mall-like. American malls generally have more space devoted to wide corridors that are easy to traverse without having to get to close to the other shoppers. Land isn’t as plentiful here, so I understand that you can’t get such a luxury and still keep prices reasonable.
I found a Sports Authority, and it had Chunichi Dragons hats, which were expensive at 2,400 yen, but I wanted a hat. They weren’t the good wool hats, they were the cheaper ones with the plastic mesh back. I got my hat anyway, and now I am Mr. Baseball, too. (But I lack Tom Selleck’s mustache powers.)
Then it was back down route 248 (the main drag in this section of Okazaki) to stop off at the Seiyu. It was one of those, grocery store on the first floor, lumber on the second floor, clothes on the third floor sort of stores. It was kind of confusing, but at least I have a place I can buy groceries where nobody knows that I wandered in accidentally when they were closed.
I wandered some more and found a kaitenzushi place, which is Japanese for conveyor belt sushi. I snagged some tasty deep-fried nuggets… of what I don’t know, but it was good. Chicken, maybe? Pork? Either way, it was good.
Then I found my Holy Grail: ootoro, my favorite cut of tuna. It’s the fattiest cut, and it goes down like butter.
It’s also 600 yen a plate, so I could only have one plate. I had a few more plates of other stuff, like egg sushi. But it was no ootoro.
I am now ruined for sushi.
I decided to skip Denny’s again, because my rule is one restaurant a day to keep the costs down. After first dinner, I went to the QuickMart for second dinner, because sushi doesn’t fill me up. Convenience store food here is good. Then I listened to a little ESPN, did a little antivirus scanning, and now I’m heading to bed.