I was going to teach a trial lesson in Ebisu tonight, so I got all pretty and walked down to Kawasaki Station to catch a train. Riding up the escalator into the station, I checked my email and found out the lesson was cancelled; the student's husband had to go to hospital unexpectedly. I was glad they got me before I got on the train, because I really only have enough cash to get up there; if she wasn't there to do the trial and pay me, I would have had to walk 14 kilometers back home. (Not as bad as all that; if I got the email after I got on the train, I could just cross over to the other platform without leaving the station and come back to Kawasaki.) Still, nothing to do, so I wandered around the Kawasaki Station area, which is huge; I've been exploring it for weeks now, pinning things that I discover on my phone. I took a few photos and some video.
I found a place that has some 127 film! There is a shop on the back side of Kawasaki Station that sells antique watches; some time ago they opened a companion shop that sells vintage cameras, specializing in the old Polaroid SX-70 instant camera. In fact, that's the name of the shop: SX-70 by Sweetroad. (Link is in Japanese, but that's what Chrome is for. I asked the guy if they had any 127 film, and by jingo, they did. It's 1350 a roll and they only have a handful of rolls left, and, as has been previously noted, I'm as broke as ten broke men, but, after my financial aid money comes in, I'm gonna go down there and buy all they've got. I have been looking EVERYWHERE for this stuff. I also got a line on some at a shop in Ebisu; I'll check that out at some point, too.
Walked back, legs hurting, and passed out on the futon for an hour or so; woke up with a phenomenal headache that I soon realized was due to lack of caffeine. I now limit myself to ONE tall boy can of Coke per week, but I drink a liter carton of unsweetened green tea every day. Most convenience stores sell them for 99 yen. That's what I always get at school. Walked out to 7-Eleven to help Ryan print some stuff and pay the power bill, and picked up the Coca-Cola and some tea and some edamame.
Found a very nice grocery store in my neighborhood tonight, good values like the old Apita AND they take my debit card. I've been shopping at the little AEON My Basket shop near the house, which fits in halfway between a convenience store and a proper grocery. The new place (I forget the name, but it's another chain) is only a block further away. They close at 10, which means that showing up about 8 or 9 at night gets you real bargains on stuff. I got some very nice rolls for only 98 yen.
Now this long article about a day in which I really didn't do very much at all, but that's what Japan is all about. I wonder if I can upload a video. Whoops, guess not. I'm gonna try and make it into a GIF, see what happens.