So as I mentioned, the weather last week licked. Suffice it to say, my trip to Tokyo was less than the stellar fun-fest I had planned. I could probably have even handled the rain by itself, I’m from Portland for God’s sake, but the problem was that it was falling sideways! Even my cheapy ¥500 umbrella was no help (big surprise).

I tried convincing myself that it wasn’t that bad, and was even worth it since I was getting some cool photos, but when my boxers started to show through my drenched trousers I decided enough was enough and started touring some shopping centers.I should mention that one day was utterly beautiful, not a butt in the sky the entire day. I took this opportunity to go to the highlight of my trip, a Tokyo suburb called Seiseki-Sakuragaoka.

Outside of hardcore anime fans, most of you probably don’t realize the signifgance of this town, and probably still won’t after I tell you, but Seiseki-Sakuragaoka is the setting in the film Mimi wo Sumaseba (If You Listen Closely). I think this is officially my favorite film of all time, animated or not (and no, since I know you were thinking it, that doesn’t include the Star Wars or Star Trek films, which far exceed the scope of mere films). So the opportunity to visit this town in real life was just too much to pass up. I’m putting together a special section of the site just about my day in Seiseki-Sakuragaokathat’ll probably be in the Misc. section when it’s done.

So without too much narration, I’ll share some of my photos from my Tokyo trip for those of you who just can’t get enough of the Japanese urban landscape. Hey, I can’t and I even live here!

Righto, we’re wrapped up for this week. Stay tuned for next week when we’ll take a jaunt around my school and see where I work. I can feel your excitement from here.

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