Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!
And today was a free day!!! It’s a day we all agreed that we could all go and do whatever we wanted, as long as we were back by a reasonable hour.
We’ve planned a couple of those, but there are also days where we’re going to go see stuff as a group, like we did the past couple of days!!!
But it actually turned out that a lot of us wanted to go see some of the “weeb” sites here, so pretty much all of us kids and teenagers piled onto the Ginza line and headed right for Akihabara.
Everyone went nuts. Sigh.
I can only imagine what it looked like when thirteen (mostly gaijin) girls and two boys basically went nuts. David and Hiroshi went off to play arcade games and look at video games (they could do what they wanted as long as they met up with us for lunch). And of course all of us girls descended upon kawaii shops and bought little bookbags with animal faces and little animals dangling from them, and cat ears, and just wandered all over weebing all over everything. We packed our bookbags full of little trinkets and curios, and I bought some Japanese language manga too at Animate. After that, we rounded up David and Hiroshi and made a cloud of dust over to Shinjuku and Shibuya (we wanted to see the world-famous Shibuya Scramble, and it’s just as scrambly as its reputation says!). We also went to Harajuku to heat up our feet (we all got selfies at the famous Takeshita street sign) and filled up our bookbags with cute trinkets.
Yes, we were being annoying tourists, but it was fun!!!
We went to a maid cafe for lunch, and I think David was going to explode!!! All the girls thought he was the cutest and were fawning all over him, one called him a little man, one sat in his lap and booped his nose, and you’ve never seen such a red boy. I asked him about his girlfriend, and he said “what girlfriend?” He wasn’t being silly, he actually completely forgot. All the girls giggled behind their hands, and made sure he got the best treats they had.
David loves Japan now and says he wants to move there.
I told him all those girls were paid to act like that.
He said he didn’t care.
… Can’t blame the boy, I guess.
One of the girls actually sat in Chelsi’s lap. Chelsi turned red too. Hahaha!!! I guess there’s something about thirteen girls that brings out the worst in maid cafe girls. Then they all got up and did a jpop rendition on the stage!!! It was funny!!! But… omg they an actually sing “Motteke! Sailor Fuku!” That’s a silly song but it’s amazingly FAST. And they pulled it off. Props to them!!! And they did the dance too!!!
I told them they should see if they can get a record deal, like Band-Maid did. That’s really hard to pull off, I actually was impressed.
OMG one kissed me on the cheek. And then blushed prettily and bowed formally. That was so cute.
For being reserved Japanese people, this was a touchy group.
Oh well. They managed to keep it cute instead of creepy, and I guess that’s the important thing. That’s the whole point of kawaii, right??
When we left, David got a headpat and they told him to come back anytime, and he turned red again.
The last maid cafe I went to was… not like that. I guess they have different personalities!!!
I’d heard of a hamster cafe in Harajuku too, and we checked that out. It was so cute!!! So many little hamsters and hedgehogs!!!
But… then… umm… something really strange happened.
Do you remember how I told you that Britni seemed to be one of the… ummm… I guess I can just come out and say it now, because it doesn’t matter anymore. She seemed like she was one brick short of a full load. About as sharp as a sack of wet leather. One card short of a full deck. She always seemed like she was as dumb as a box of rocks.
So we all piled into the train, and it was a pretty crowded train, and I guess some Japanese guy groped her (Chikan) and she.. went off. In perfect Japanese. I don’t even speak Japanese that well. She told the guy where he could shove his hands and gave some anatomically creative suggestions on what she would do regarding her foot and his rear end. She threatened to kick him in his “chinpo” so hard that his “kintama” would come out his mouth. (don’t look those words up.) She was swearing up one side and down the other, until the guy finally turned red and got off at the next stop.
We all just looked at her. Everyone on the train was looking at her. And you haven’t been looked at funny until Japanese people look at you funny.
“Ummm…. what did all that mean?”, she said… feebly. Then she sighed. “Fine. I’ll tell you later.”
So.. everyone was looking at her funny all afternoon. It was hot so we found a frozen treats stand and got some frozen treats, and then hopped on the train and went to see the Sky Tree. All us girls got selfies, of course, with Fujisan in the background. And then we went to a cat cafe, had a drink, and gave the cats treats. It was cute!!!
They have so many small animal cafes!!! Everyone thought it was funny how the cats would roam around looking for handouts. They had little packets of cat treats to give out, and all the cats seemed to be having the best time.
So anyway, we headed back to the hotel as evening was approaching, and all of us went for sushi. I love sushi! I could eat it every day!!! We all stopped at a Lawson’s too and cleaned them out of snacks. I mean, hello! Japanese snacks! And Liz really loves those, so why not.
We got back to the hotel and then the ten of us parked in one of our rooms, tore into the chocolate, and told Britni to spill. I mean, her friends had known her longer than I had, and they’d never even seen a spark of intelligence out of her. I sure hadn’t!!!
She said… she speaks four languages, can play several musical instruments, knows advanced math… basically she turned out to be one of the smartest people I’d ever met, even smarter than Beth or even her mentor. But I guess she had a bad experience in elementary school and just decided to play dumb from then on. I guess some kids made fun of her, and she figured she’d have a better life if she just pretended, well, to be an idiot.
And, well… girl should be an actress.
No one’s mad at her, not really, but I think her friends do feel a little betrayed. It’s going to be a bit of adjustment to getting used to smart Britni.
We’re all about to go to bed, but I asked Crystal how she is.
She said… she’s really sad, but it’s nice seeing all the things she never thought she’d see, and Japan is really fun, and… she’s still really sad.
I… don’t know what to say. So I’m going to hold her tonight. I can’t take her sadness away but I can make it a little better.
Tomorrow we’re going to an amusement park!!!
Love you all!!! ❤