Giant Robots and Familiar Doughnuts

I haven’t updated in a week. Can you tell I have a job now? ūüôā

So, I went back to Odaiba a few days ago. When I went the first time to see a replica of the Statue of Liberty, somehow I missed the fact that a giant Gundam robot was just outside the mall entrance, guarding the food court.

Needless to say, this is among the coolest things I’ve seen in Tokyo so far.

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gundam-pano

Afterward I headed back in to get some dinner:¬†gyoza, Chinese dumplings that are among my favorite food in Japan.¬†¬†I thought I was ordering “Set #3” and somehow ended up ordering…

three-set-three

…three of set #3. Which is strange because in Japanese there are counter words, and “three of something” would have been¬†mittsu, which I never said. My guess is that the waiter was accustomed to taking orders from gaijin and ready to assume that when I pointed and said san setto onegai shimasu (“combo number three please”) I meant “three of these please.” Oh well. I can think of many worse problems to have than too much gyoza. I ate it all. Next time I’ll try¬†to use my counters properly.¬†Hitotsu setto san onegai shimasu.

I didn’t think I had room for desert until I spotted a familiar sign.

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The Statues of Liberty and other things I saw today

Quick dump of some things I did and saw today:

I rearranged the stuff in my apartment. Now I have a little bedroom area with dresser and carpet, couch facing TV on a table which is attached to my laptop, making that a workdesk, TV stand, and dining area.
I rearranged the stuff in my apartment. Now I have a little bedroom area with dresser and carpet, couch facing the table on which the TV now sits, attached to my laptop, making that a work desk, TV stand, and dining area all in one. Now I can watch Japanese TV, Netflix, or just use it as a second monitor.

I went to Odaiba today, a human-made beach on Tokyo Bay. The park was totally free, but I spent $13 just traveling by train. O_O

Another view of Tokyo and the Bay
A view of Tokyo and Tokyo Bay with a tree in the way.
The view today of Tokyo and Tokyo Bay from Odaiba's beach.
Another¬†view today of Tokyo and Tokyo Bay from Odaiba’s beach. It’s a rainy day today thanks to typhoon Neoguri.
Statue of Liberty in Odaiba from afar
There’s a replica of the Statue of Liberty here…
It's a bit smaller than the one in New York.
It’s a bit smaller than the one in New York.