Today I feel like I did something really crazy, but I’m so proud of myself for doing it.
I cycled. Into central Tokyo. 22km one way. 3 and a half hours of continuous cycling in total.
BUT I SAVED MONEY!! Hahaha I’m so stingy.
The reason why I had to go into central Tokyo was to pick up my camera from the FujiFilm Repair Centre near Ikebukuro station. Today was a school holiday because of the university entrance exams, so I had time to cycle.
I thought it would be a great way to exercise since I wanted to go to the gym after picking up my camera, and I just thought “Why not just cycle there? Kill two birds with one stone?”
Googlemaps said to walk from Hitotsubashi Gakuen Station to Ikebukuro station would take 4.5 hrs but I managed to cycle there in about 1hr and 35mins.
It was actually a really pleasant journey because it was great to see the change from rural countryside, to bustling capital city. The roads got a bit more crazy as I headed further into the city but there were loads of people cycling around so it was comforting to know that I wasn’t the only one cycling on the pavement.
After picking up my camera I decided to head for some lunch. I already looked up this vegan cafe that I wanted to try out, called ToriToriNoki – I love veggies plates so I wanted to see what this cafe’s lunch menu was like. Unfortunately, they weren’t serving meals today, only cakes and juice, so I had that instead. If I’m being honest, there was so much writing on the menu that I just asked the waitress to recommend which ones were the best and I had that!
The cafe had a really rustic feel to it, which I really liked. Everything was simple, no frills or anything like that.
I ended up eating some choux pastry thing, where the cream was actually made from tofu and the bottom half of the pastry had been soaked in some rum. The “drink” I ordered was more like honey – very sweet and thick. I think it was made from prunes? I don’t know but it was still good anyway! Everything tastes good after you’ve been working out and you’re hungry!
I then decided to head back. It was tempting to go shopping and just cycle around but I was already a bit tired and I knew if I did a detour, I would end up knackered and potentially not being able to make it back home….
But here are some random photos that I took while I was cycling there and back.
On my way back I picked up some food from the supermarket. I came across some funny things, like this packet of Rye Flour that had “Rather Rough” in brackets written on the front. I thought it was pretty funny hehehe!
I treated myself to some half price crab for my dinner. Still a bit expensive but I felt I deserved it after all that cycling!
I’ve just taken a shower and I’m all ready for bed. Now that I know how long it takes me to cycling into central Tokyo, I’m tempted to do it again when I’m meeting people for lunch etc.
Also, just some random info regarding things that happened earlier on this week. Apart from studying for exams and doing essays & presentations, one of my part time jobs has now ended. I mentioned in an earlier post I was working as an interpreter at a primary school for an Australian boy who was here in Japan for 3 months. Sadly, he is going back to Australia in 2 weeks time and this week was his last week at school in Japan. I asked him if he’s sad, and he said he’s not. HAHA! He can’t wait to see his friends again and get back to the hot weather (so jealous!). His mum actually wrote me a letter in Japanese, thanking me for my help, and gave me a box of Australian Shortbread! VERY tasty indeed! Definitely ate the whole pack by myself…..
Recently, I’ve been making curry for dinner as it is pretty filling as well as tasty. Also, when I make curry there are always leftovers, which means I save time as I don’t have to cook again. I made some Thai Green Curry the other night – there were no leftovers as I had seconds, because it was so delicious. I think my mum would be proud of me 🙂
That’s it for now! Term is almost coming to an end, but I’ve still got a few more essays to write before I can completely relax.
Thanks for reading!