Toshiki Kadomatsu - 52nd Street
Skin by ginkgografix
This is all happening. To me. Right now.
I planned for all of the things that have happened in the past four days, but to say I anticipated how they'd make me feel would make me a liar.
It's currently Tuesday, October 20th, 12:00 am Japan standard time. I landed here Thursday afternoon. Friday afternoon/evening was spent getting a new tattoo done, a brushstroke around my first tattoo. My new tattoo was done magnificently, so magnificently that it makes my old tattoo look bad, hahah. I'll have to get my old one redone at some point.
Saturday I saw Sakanaction, a band that I never thought I'd have the opportunity to see live, in concert. They were phenomenal, and I'm not entirely convinced that my soul has returned to my body since the concert ended.
Sunday, I climbed a mountain and visited a Buddhist temple while I was there. It wasn't really on the expected list of things to do, but it happened. It was strangely peaceful, for as active of a trip as it was. It also kind of helps put your life into perspective when you climb 848 meters and there's a small, modest sign telling you that you've reached the summit. Everything about the world seems so large when you look at it from the top of a mountain, and it makes for a great reminder as to how small you really are in the grand scheme of things. But, on the bright side, it also provides a whole lot of calm and quiet to enjoy, and all in all it was very refreshing.
Yesterday, I went exploring in Shijo Kawaramachi, a shopping district in Kyoto. Wandered around quite a bit, particularly in the Nishiki food market, tried tofu donuts for the first time (they were delicious), went to several record stores to hunt down a few Sakanaction CDs on vinyl before finally succeeding in finding them, and then relaxed for a bit before experiencing traditional teppanyaki for the first time at dinner.
I mean it when I say this was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten in my life.
It's Tuesday now. I leave here on Sunday. So much has happened in four days and there are still five days to go. I knew this would be an adventure but I don't think I could've anticipated it being anything quite like this.