Weekends as usual
21.05.2007 - 10.06.2007
Nothing too exciting to report, but here's an update for our more avid readers..
The weekend before last had a night out in Machida (city v close to where we live) on Friday and on Sunday we attempted a trip to the beach - I say attempted because we took a rather round about way! We met up in Tokyo with a few fellow teachers (Kim, Bel, Ken - and later we were met by Anthony) only to realise none of us knew exactly where we were headed! So we jumped on a train to Chiba and eventually found our way to a stop that we thought had a beach nearby. At the station we asked our way and eventually wandered down to what was being touted as a beach: it was no more than a slimey bay with a little sand, surrounded by factories and industrial buildings and complete with locals in wellies digging for clams. As none of us particularly wanted clams for dinner (especially clams from toxic water no doubt), we headed one stop furthur down the train line. There, after more wandering, we found a lovely park/beach area sort of place.. which was also housing a day-time rave in a mini-arena area! It was very surreal to see people dressed for clubbing and dancing away to thumping tunes in the middle of the day. After some ramen for a much needed lunch we lay on the beach for a couple of hours chatting no photos though as this park/beach place was where the camera was lost!
This weekend we celebrated another teacher's birthday (Colin) on Friday by going to a yakiniku (absolutely delicious type of restaurant where you grill meat on a small bqq at the table, yum!) and while chowing away on bbq'd beef we decided it was time we sampled some Tokyo night-life. So Saturday night we headed into Shibuya, Tokyo to party the night away with Ken and Bel. We had planned to go to a club called "Ruby Room" but at the last minute we were (easily) convinced by Matt to go to "Womb" instead - more expensive maybe but DJ mag rates it as the 7th best club in the world, it has the largest mirror/disco ball in Japan, and that night 2 well-knowned Djs would be there. We had an absolutely rocking (or should I say techno-ing) night! It was very very packed so we mainly hung out in the "lounge" area, where we enjoyed the mixing of an excellent local DJ, and we were also close to the club's vending machines! That's right, the club had a vending machine that served beer and these amazing fruity drinks - I am particularly fond of the grapefruit variety! We eventually crawled home at about 6am, tired but armed with many an anecdote! Sunday was spent, predictably, sleeping!!
PS If you are wondering how we are taking these photos: using my old 2 megapixel camera.. still does the job