From Nothing to Something

If there’s one thing more foolish than Sunday night shenanigans in Tokyo…it’s Thursday night shenanigans in Tokyo. 

The weekend is starting early this week. It needs to. 

I’ve been on my feet for hours and hours on end everyday. I’m physically exhausted and emotionally depleted. My tank is empty and needs refilling. 

It’s been a challenging week at work. But I’ll save that rant for someone who can empathise.

Working with teenagers can be chotto

Ah – the good old dangerous years. I know and remember them all too well. 

ANYWAYS. 

Trust the Japanese to come up with an amuse-bouche with eyes that look at you while you’re sipping on a glass of wine. 

A lot of restaurants in Tokyo are full of pseudo European Japanese fusion food that I just can’t quite get my head around. The flavours are just way too confusing for my palate. 

Prawn sashimi with a side of olive oil and salt?

prawnsashimi

Really?

I don’t think I’ll ever get it. 

ANYWAYS. 

This afternoon, I finally took a walk around my neighbourhood and acquainted myself with the shops, sights, smells and sounds.

There are loads of restaurants from all over the world, a ton of bars (including a craft beer place!), AND an ‘ethnic’ grocer with lots of Chinese and Indian spices, sauces and herbs. And, no it isn’t overpriced Kaldi. It’s a wholesale shop where everything is very affordable.

I know where I’ll be spending a lot of time. 

In fact, the theme song playing in the background was, “Yasui, Yasui”. 

Cheap. Cheap. 

No. I am not kidding. I love a good bargain. If you don’t – you should get yourself a financial planner ASAP.

Money is earned to be managed, not thrown around. 

ANYWAYS. 

I’ve also got a pool, a gym, a massage place and 8 supermarkets all within 10 minutes walking distance. 

I’ve even got a supermarket right across the street, barely 30 seconds from where I live. 

I’ve spent way too much time in isolated, middle of nowhere places in Japan. It’s the not so glamourous reality of living in an island country where most people live in commuter towns. 

You have no idea how much I appreciate the luxuries, conveniences and amenities that have gradually found their way to me. 

I’m glad I started my journey in Japan with nothing. Now there’s lots in my life to appreciate and be thankful for.

The journey from scarcity to abundance is the reason why I’m generally quite a happy person. 

I’m very spoilt. 

I don’t even have enough hours in the day to fit in all the wonderful things that I get the opportunity to experience on a daily basis. 

And on that note, I think I will skip Friday night shenanigans in Tokyo. 

I’m going to slow cook my mother’s lamb stew (thousand year old recipe) and relish it with a bottle of wine. After that I’m going to Netflix and chill under the covers with a foreign movie.

Yes, I love watching movies with subtitles.

I’m also incredibly tired and in desperate need of a good night’s sleep. I intend on waking up no earlier than midday. 

But, I’ll go back to being foolish on Saturday night.  

Life’s too short to be sensible all the time.

Sweet dreams and goodnight. 

Author: Dipa

Tarot Tales from Japan

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