- I moved out of the Airbnb in Chiba earlier. I said last week it creeped me out, well after I'd decided to check out, I was going to the toilet one night and, as I walked past the bathroom, I got a really strong whiff of like man sweat. It was even weirder because she had a kerosene heater and stored the kerosene in the hallway near the bathroom so that tends to overpower anything else. I don't get easily creeped out but, when I do, I find it really hard to sleep or function.
- i've also been finding it really hard to shake off this cold. I think I'm almost better now.
- Last Monday, I ran a big promo for one of my books. I sold buckets of books and sales are still going strong. If I'm frugal, I could easily survive the next 6 months on what I've made (very frugal).
- Writing is not happening. I've been trying but not hard enough obviously. Once I get to Thailand, it's going to be butt in chair until the word count is where I want it to be.
- Have you had places you want to go? Not the big ticket things but a cafe you've always meant to try out or places like that? Whenever I've caught the Sobu line train in Tokyo, I've looked at the Canal Cafe and thought I'd like to go there one day. Well, the other day, I made that a reality. It's about 10 minutes walk from my hotel so no excuses. My verdict -- it's lovely to go somewhere in Tokyo with an outdoor deck and nice scenery. My muffin was a bit stale though and the coffee was average.
- Today, I went for a walk and ended up at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. I've never been there before and figured it was worth having a look. Since it's Coming of Age day in Japan, there were quite a few visitors. There was also some kind of samurai type thing happening. I had no idea what it was about, people in traditional clothes doing stuff with swords -- just poses not actual killing.
I'd say it's more interesting than most shrines in Japan. It is on a much more grand scale. There was a very cool market with lots of old stuff in the walkway up to the shrine.
Ironically, you can apply to have private worship there, including the removal of evil spirits. I doubt that there are many spirits as evil as the war criminals buried there.