|Tokyo's Sumida River | 東京の隅田川|
I actually spent some time in Okazaki and Nagoya during this time. I was able to meet some folks but there are still many that I was unable to get to (sorry!), so I'm looking forward to getting back again before too long. I'm back in Tokyo for the time being, though.
- I got randomly checked by the police the other day in front of the train station near my hotel here in Tokyo. As I was walking toward the turnstile, one officer stepped near me and subtly flashed his badge, asking if he could see some sort of identification papers. A second officer appeared on my other side, assuring me that it wouldn't take long. They were completely professional and kind about it. They examined my passport and complemented my Japanese too (they seemed genuinely impressed). I know that this sort of thing really angers some folks, but it was a perfectly fine experience, other than worrying that I might miss my train. (Train stations have been flashing messages about being on high alert recently, so I imagine it might have been due to that.)
- Sumo is the perfect sport to have on in the background when you're working on something. It's mostly downtime with spurts of action. And it's, somehow, strangely soothing. Which likely sounds weird. (I saw a great match between Kisenosato and Hakuho the other day. It looks like Kisenosato is on fire.)
- This week is "Sazae-san Week" on TV to celebrate 45 years of the series, including a live-action special this weekend. I clearly need to clear out my Sunday evening. I watched the Tuesday special, which was a look back on history of the series. (Sazae and Masuo briefly lived on their own! Namihei has a twin brother!)