Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day 2 in Tokyo

Today was yet another hectic day. Got up at approximately 9 am and went out with Keisuke, whom had slept over with me at the suite. We grabbed a JR train to Akihabara, which is the electronics, computer, and anime mecca for geeks in Japan and maybe even the world.

I took a look for a netbook for my sister, at the renowned computer and electronics department store called Yodobashi Kamera. This is the third time to go to Yodobashi, and I never get over it... over 6 floors packed with all the types of electronics you can imagine. I forgot my passport though, so I was not able to buy things tax-free. I decided to postpone buying anything expensive until I come back from the course, in two weeks, and then -hopefully- not forget my passport and make some real savings. I did though go to a few souvenir shops and some funky pop culture shops, and did buy some gifts for family and friends.

All the walking was super tiring, so we met up with a couple other friends, Naoki, and Yoshu, and went to eat. We had gohan (rice) with sashimi (raw fish) along side yummy somen. I picked my sashimi to be ikura (salmon roe or eggs - the red beady things in the picture), minced tuna (the pink stuff), and uni (sea urchin - the yellow stuff). It was the first time for me to eat uni, so it was pretty omoshiroi and oishiikatta :)

The guys then left and Seiko came to take over the guiding of this poor Egyptian guy. She took me over to the Tokyo Camii, which is a Turkish mosque in an area of Tokyo called Yoyogi Uehar... a really nice, pleasant, and calm part of Tokyo. From what I know, the "C" in "Camii" is actually pronounced as "J" in Turkish, so "camii" actually "جامع" in Arabic, or mosque. We made it in time for Asr prayer, so we (or I rather) prayed while Seiko watched from the lady's section, donned in a veil. After prayer (which only consisted of 5 men and the imam, and two other Japanese women observers), I explained the prayer to Seiko and took a tour of the mosque and Islamic center. It was really quite impressive and beautifully designed and very well taken care of. I really hope they prosper even more.

We then headed back to the station where I currently live. We had a nice hot chocolate and Seiko left me to go have dinner with her family and I went back to the suite. I took a really nice hot bath in the jacuzzi until Kenji (a fellow group D member from SWY!) came over. We then went out to a sushi bar as it started raining. We had a nice supper a sipped cup after cup of nice hot green tea as we caught up and chatted.
We then headed back to my place where Kenji told me how to go to the University tomorrow (first day of the course starts!). Okapi then joined us after he came back from work, and we went to this lounge in the apartment building (which is sort of like a cafe) and had some drinks and chatted more. His apartment building is so cool!

Anyways, enough for now. I think my next entry will be from my dorm room, so I hope the wifi works well!

6 comments:

Rania said...

:) Sounds like a nice, productive, yummy day :D The food looks amazing! You came up in my class the other day when I was describing to my students what Sushi is :)

Anyways, do tell: Were the men praying at mosque Asian or non-Asian?

Rania said...

:) Sounds like a nice, productive, yummy day :D The food looks amazing! You came up in my class the other day when I was describing to my students what Sushi is :)

Anyways, do tell: Were the men praying at mosque Asian or non-Asian?

Ehab said...

Depends on what you mean by "Asian". They were all Turkish I think. Of course Turks like to believe they are European, but I don't think they are officially... yet.

elbadry_nadia said...

I don't think that's what Rania meant :)

Ehab said...

Well there were no Japanese if that's what you meant.

sarah said...

u actually ate that red bubbly thing? and cant u give your Japanese friends arabic names so i can keep track of who you are talking about :D