I can't believe we have to go home in two days, it really feels like we just got here, still. There's still plenty of the city we didn't cover. We never made it to Tokyo Tower or Ueno Park, we only saw bits of Harajuku and Akihabara. I guess, this means we have to come back. ;)
Ah well, at least today we head back to Shinjuku. Erica wants to look for some used manga stores that she sorta knows where it is. Again, we don't mind, since it's all new to us.
But, first we stop at Sekaido, the stationery store, which is also an art supply store and Kelli and I pick up a lot of screen tones, since they were all $3 a piece, instead of the $8 a piece they are back home. (As an aside; a pack of Marlboro Light 100s = $3, Gas: $3-$5 a liter -- no wonder a majority of the cars here are tiny.) I also pick up a book in Japanese on pen and ink technique and Kelli picks up a book of backgrounds that she plans to scan in when she gets home. She and I plan to scan in the screen tones and start a screen tone library for use between us.
After Sekaido, we start looking for these stores Erica wants to visit. The directions she has are not very specific, so it takes us a while to find the referenced starting point. We wander through some back streets and eventually find where they should be, but the stores we're looking for are no longer there. Oh well. We stop at an Indian restaurant for lunch and continue wandering. We find a Yellow Submarine store, which is hobby store (read: gaming) and Donna wants to stop in to get paints for the Kilik resin kit she bought last week. The Yellow Submarine is nearly exactly like gaming stores back in the states, they even had a floor for all the GW stuff. Though they had a lot of magazines dedicated to traditional role-playing (as opposed to online/computer roleplaying or LARPing) All the games and books, though, were all English language imports so that made me wonder about the popularity of traditional RPGS.
Anyway Donna and I buy stuff here, and then we all decide it's time for lunch. So we wander into this Indian restaurant and have big lunch. I have the spicy chicken curry that came with a massive piece of nan, which the guy was baking in the tandoori less than 10 feet from our table. I also had a mango lhassi which I haven't had in years. It was tasty, though later we'd discover that the meal didn't really sit too well.
We head back to the hotel afterwards to drop off stuff, and rest a bit. Then it's off again for some more shopping. Erica is in a buying frenzy as it's her last night here and she's picking up all the stuff she wanted to before, but didn't really have time for. That gets a little infectious and we buy a lot of stuff.
Tomorrow, after breakfast we'll begin our shopping for friends and relatives, like we said we'd do.
Today's pictures here.