Time for a brief update and brain dump.
Just bought and registered a new motorcycle, a classic looking 250cc Yamaha, heavy enough to have some substance to it, but still narrow enough for lane-splitting. Just gotta find a GPS, a tank bag, and a new helmet and I will be set for some long distance riding. I think my first stop will be to the northern tip of Aomori to visit Obikawa, the crazy Tofu-maker.
Also got a new place in Ikebukuro, a comparatively cheaper area of Tokyo. With this move, I was just looking to stretch out a bit, learn something new about Tokyo. I have been living in a bunk for the last year, but the bunk was located 3 minutes from Tokyo station which is a really clean, ritzy area. So on paper it looks like I am downgrading (so said the loud-mouthed, porky pig look-a-look behind the counter of the insurance company last week) but in reality I am upgrading to my own room with a balcony, parking for the new motorcycle and a new neighborhood to explore. I am excited. Albeit extremely busy.
Last week I celebrated my 27th birthday with friends at Yoyogi Park. Played football with Eric and some Japanese friends which is all I wanted for my birthday. Everything else was a bonus.
Continuing the count down to the JLPT, Japanese Language Proficiency Exam. I have been studying in between fulfilling social obligations ;) (aka going out), my own birthday party, and moving. July 7th I take the plunge. I hope first for motivation to keep studying and secondly to pass the damn thing. Top level might have been too ambitious.(yikes!)
Oh and just ate a box of Macaroni and cheese which Gram sent over from Wisconsin. It has been in the cupboard which I am slowly clearing out and eating up before completing the move. I didn't have any butter or milk to make it according to directions so I improvised with the only thing I had left in the fridge, a 1L bottle of Sesame Salad Dressing... anyway, that's life in a nutshell.
Til next time.