I got a few yards of really cool fabric. :D
As I was wandering around the side streets of the Nakano mall, I found this amazing camera store. Holy cow they had a lot of stuff! Lenses and cameras from just about every camera manufacturer out there! Of course, I was checking out some of the lens, but I was good and didn't get any. O:) Though the used ones seems reasonably priced.
The only thing I did buy was a red camera neck strap. I had the default black "CANON DIGITAL EOS" one that came with my camera, so I thought I'd get something affordable. :) Better then going in and buying an expensive lens. X-D
Oh something else that I totally didn't intend for. So praedestinatio found this store that sold school uniforms. She was trying on a school boy jacket, unfortunately it was too big for her. So what the hell, I gave it at try and it fits me almost perfectly.
As she was trying on something that was a smaller size and I had put away the larger jacket that didn't fit her, the sales man said that he's willing to give me a discount on the school uniform.
So... I went ahead and tried it on again. I mean... it fit really well. I could wear it as a normal jacket. And it was really well made... X-/
Long story short, I'm now an owner of a real Japanese school boy uniform. X-D I also got the matching pants. I really didn't want to try and find a matching pair with the same fabric. So I bit the dust and got that too. Unfortunately, for them to hem the pants it would have taken too long. I'd be out of Tokyo by then, so praedestinatio went ahead and just told him that I'd do the hemming myself. He took Y1,000 off for that too. :>
God, that salesman must have thought we were nuts. A girl trying on a boy's uniform jacket and me actually buying it. X-D He asked if I was getting it as a souvenir, which we just said yes to. I mean, I didn't want to say that it was for cosplay and for "normal" wear at home. X-D
After much shopping for affordable clothes and a sort of affordable uniform, I went over to Takadanobaba to meet up with Jamie. Someone I roomed with at AOD and a friend of positivespace.
We wandered around Takadanobaba (it's just as fun to say that as it is to type X-D), her college town looking for ramen. Unfortunately a lot of places were closed since the campus was closed, so we just found a hole in the wall yakitori place. Their specialty was grilling stuff on a stick. X-D They had things like asparagus wrapped in bacon, various fish cakes and marinated liver. It was all pretty good. :)
My only complaint would be that they were pretty slow bringing out the food. But that maybe be on purpose to create a leisurely atmosphere. It was good all around. :)
I'll try to back track and update on the past few days and post pictures, good god I have so many pictures. X-D I have been posting a few Harajuku photos if you want to check them out.
Ok, sleepy time... I hope everyone had a happy holiday!