Here's the final chapter of my long Spring break series of updates...
Saturday, April 2nd
memory serves me right, this is the night were at the manga kissa, I
ended up having to share a double mat room with Tony. It ended up being
really small and there wasnt much room but there wasnt really any other
options cuz its all they had left. After showering and getting ready,
we (Sam, Emmet, Tony and I) left. This time, we didnt meet up with Rob
and Andy right away because they had plans to go to a Morning Musume
concert today, so we would meet up with them later.
night before, Sam found some random hat on the street and decided to
keep it. He was now wearing it. I thought it was a bit gross but he
said he washed with soap in the sink at the manga kissa and let it dry
all night and it was totally fine so thats cool I guess, lol!
addition, upon waking up, Sam realized that he was missing his apartment
key. He suspects that he might have left it at Club Pure. He had
plans to call them later and get it back, but unfortunately he was never
The plan today was to go to Osaka castle. We started
out by grabbing a beer and walking around looking for Nanba JR station.
We knew we had to get to Osaka-jo eki by JR trains so we figured it
would be the easiest way. While we first started walking around before
we even barely drank our first beer, we came to the realization that we
were actually STILL a bit drunk from last night. We figured we might as
well just let it ride, so we continued to drink all day. We walked
around quite a bit trying to find it, and ended up drinking lots of
beers while trying to find it as a result. Eventually we realized that
there didnt seem to be a good way to get there from where we were at
without going back to Umeda, and we also realized it was getting to be
almost 5 pm. Emmet checked some tourist Japan guide book he had and it
said in there that Osaka castle closes at 5 pm, so we figured we might
as well just save it for tomorrow. As a result, we ended up spending
most of the day just walking around Osaka, exploring various areas, and
at all times we had a beer in hand.
At some point, we stopped in
front of one of the supposedly most famous takoyaki stands in Osaka and
we got some takoyaki and just ate it on the street sitting down chilling
and drinking our beers watching hot chicks walk by. There were these 2
hot girls in cowboy hats working to promote some girls bar so Emmet and
Sam were flirting with them for a bit.
After everyone ate we
continued to walk around and drink. I kept a good buzz throughout this
whole time and never really got sloppy drunk at all so it was a nice
Tony, on the other hand, was a different case.
Tony had like maybe one chu-hi. Then, Emmet kept offering to buy him
some more. So gradually, Emmet keeps buying Tony more and more Chu-hi,
and sometime around the time when we walked into DenDen town, Mr. Chu-hi
had come back in full force! Whenever I think of him chugging from his
tallboy 8% chu-hi can, I just cant help but hear the Popeye music in my
Now I dont know how many he had, but it was WAAYYYY more
than he probably should have had. Tony is naturally kind of loud
sometimes which can be a bit annoying, but now he was just like really
loud, and slurring his words, and couldnt even hardly walk in a straight
line. He then started just rambling on about how much he likes fat
chicks. I never knew this about him before, but he said that one day he
was online and saw a fat version of some regular size anime character
and he was like "oooh wow yea! This is very interesting!" and he
somehow stumbled on the "weight gain community" online in which people
discuss how much they like fat chicks and trade pictures. Most of this
is actually centered around fat drawings of anime characters, and my
brother found some artist who goes by the handle Gain-over. This guy
takes pictures of regular anime drawings and draws ridiculously obese
versions of them. Some examples my brother spoke of were Ibuki, Jill
Valentine, and Sakura. Not only does he love these pictures, but he
loves them SO much that he commissions the guy to draw them for $30 a
picture! LOL. This is the site that the artist Gain-over has is pictures up on. Give it a look if you are curious (Mr. Chu-hi ASKED me to link this on my blog so have at it! lol).
also kept going on about how there is like different categories of fat
chicks like BBW (big beautiful women) and SSBBW (super size big
beautiful women) and so on and so fourth. He also said that any regular
size woman is just a potential fat chick! LOL! You can see a video of this here. Emmet recorded it with his phone.
like the next 2 hours or so, we walked around DenDen town with Mr.
Chu-hi slurring his words, stubling around, and just straight up going
on random rants and rambling about how much he loves big fat anime
characters and shit. We asked him how fat he would get and I asked him
if he would do 400 lbs and he was like "sure!". There were MULTIPLE
times when he straight up would just stumbled and fall face first in
front of him on the ground, but he would get right back up like a champ
and kept talking about fat chicks. He even fell on some bikes
a couple of times. One of the times he fell over, some dude looked at
him like he was ready to start a fight or something but luckily the guy
left Mr. Chu-hi alone.
We went into a conbini at some point to
get some more beers (except for Mr. Chu-hi cuz we cut him off after he
pretty much got this wasted) and while he was in there, he like fell
into a shelf and knocked over like a bunch of stuff and the shelf
fixture came right off! I apologized to the store staff and helped them
clean it up and fix the shelf. Nothing was actually broken or damaged
but I felt kinda bad (though at the same time I couldnt help but find it
hilarious). The staff wasnt upset at all which was cool.
also went into a few stores to go shopping for nerdy DenDen town stuff
like anime figures and manga and all that good stuff, and while we were
in there, Mr. Chu-hi kept bumping into stuff so we made him go wait
outside and sit down for a bit. He didnt actually do any real damage to
anything at least.
Eventually it was obvious he needed to get
sobered up so Sam bought him some coffee and sandwiches but he didnt
want to eat it, but we made him anyway. He plopped down against some
closed garage like door on the side of the street and shoved like the
whole sandwich in his mouth and kept rambling about fat chicks. You can
see pictures of him engulfing his sandwich here and here. This picture is him expressing how much he loves the big beauties with a mouthful of combini sandwich! And finally, this one just speaks for itself... And finally heres another video!
also threw up multiple times. There was a point where he was just
throwing up spit, an he threw up once on a pillar and there was like
this big stream of spit hanging from his mouth to the side of it. It
The shenanigans continued for a bit longer, but
eventually Mr. Chu-hi began to run out of steam. We kept a good eye on
him to keep him out of trouble so fortunately nothing really bad
happened to anyone.
Eventually we got a mail from Rob and Andy
saying their show was over and that they wanted to meet up. We met up
with them at the infamous cheese curry place that Rob always raves about
in his blog. I must say... this shit DOES live up to the hype! Best
cheese curry I ever had in my life. That shit was broken! If they had
one in Tokyo I would probably eat there all the time as well. The
prices were good and the portions were generous as well!
while we were eating it, Mr. Chu-hi was being couldnt manage to control
his voice volume and was getting a bit obnoxious so we had to keep him
under control a bit. I never mentioned it before, but he doesnt really
know any Japanese but his favorite fucking word in the world is mizu
(water). Every time we go to any bar or restaurant he just says
"mii-zuu!" really bluntly. He certainly had his share of "mii-zuu!"
while we were there.
After eating we apologized to the staff on
the way out for him being a bit obnoxious. From there, we headed to
Athena to play some games. I played a few matches of GG against this
really good Eddie player who was there with who I am pretty sure was
Kadeko, the well known May player. Despite the fact that I had been
drinking all day, I paced myself well and just had some food, so even
though I had a good buzz, I was in a good state to still play very well
and we had some great matches. He won more than I did but I still held
my own against him well and most of the matches were really close
anyway. He was the only one who was playing so I just played him a
At some point, Emmet points out to me that he hasnt seen
Mr. Chu-hi in a while. After my match ended, I grudgingly got up from
the machine and went to go find him. I searched all 6 floors of Athena
multiple times and checked both bathrooms. He wasnt there. Then we
walked around a bit outside to see if he was out there but we didnt see
him there either. I was afraid of another repeat Disneyland experience
except this time he was wasted as hell... After searching for a while, I
eventually found him in the corner behind the GG cabs on the other side
from where I was playing (behind the Eddie player) passed out on a
chair. He was probably there the whole time. That was a big load off
my chest, so I went right back to just playing more GG.
while, it was getting late, so I woke up Mr. Chu-hi and we all headed
out. We were planning to go back to RockRock tonight to go drinking,
and this time Rob and Andy were going to join us. Mr. Chu-hi, however,
was too tired and wasted, so we brought him to a manga kissa and checked
him in for the night. I told him to just stay there until we went to
get him in the morning and that if he needed to renew his time to just
do so and mess around on the internet (maybe he looked at fat chicks).
there, we went to Rock Rock. This time they had another Punk event
night except they were playing all kinds of stuff anyway which was cool.
There were more people than last time and also less foreigners and
more girls overall so it was much cooler. They charged 1500 to get in
with one free drink. Current often has covers when they throw events
but since I (and usually anyone I am with) am VIP status just cuz they
know me so well, I never have to pay. I didnt mind paying really
The night there was a lot of fun. I made the rounds and
talked to various people. I was talking with Sam and Rob near the
entrance for a bit at some point but Rob didnt stay long cuz he was
feeling tired and isnt much of a heavy drinker so he left early. There
was a lot of dancing going on much like at Current so I did some of that
too. Since I had been buzzing all day, my foot didnt really bother me
that much, plus we were taking it easy sorta too, so I figured I would
be fine dancing, and for pretty much the whole night, I was just fine. I
talked with Yoko a bit again too. My main regret was that I totally
forgot to contact Kunko (the girl who is friends with Chip who lives in
Osaka and comes here a lot). I dont really remember anything else
extremely worth mentioning other than it was a good night, so you can
just look at the pictures.
We stayed till closing and then went
outside. As we were sitting on a ledge outside the bar, Andy didnt look
like he was feeling to well and threw up sorta discreetly. This was
the very first time I EVER saw Andy throw up. I guess he must have had a
good time drinking. He seemed to be ok though so thats good.
much from there, we walked back to the manga kissa and checked in.
This time I was able to get my own booth which was good.
Sunday, April 3rd
woke up today and instantly regretted doing all that dancing because
now up to this point, this was the worst condition that my foot had been
in. I dealt with it anyway and took a shower and got ready. Once we
all got up and checked out, we met up with Rob outside and then went and
got Tony, who was just chilling browsing the internet. He seemed fine
and somehow didnt have a hangover which I dont understand cuz hes a
lightweight and an inexperienced drinker and 8% chu-hi is notorious for
From there, Rob suggested we go to get some
burgers so he took us to Kua-aina Hawaiian burger place near Nanba
station. They have one of these in Shibuya and I ate there before with
Emmet. It was pretty good (but a slight bit expensive) so I didnt mind
going there again. We all ordered food except for Emmet who just got a
beer. Andy ended up only taking a few bites of his burger cuz he wasnt
feeling too well yet, so as we left, I suggested that Emmet take the
burger and eat it on the way instead of just leaving it there to get
thrown away so he did, and he ate it.
From here, we picked up our
plans of going to Osaka castle from yesterday. This time Rob led the
way so we were able to get there easily. Turns out we did have to go
back to Umeda afterall.
When we arrived at the station, there was
a sort of hanami festival going on. There is also a big live music
stadium in the area and I think there was a concert happening so there
were tons of people and tons of small stands selling food and drinks
everywhere. We were getting short on time and it was approaching 5 but
we figured we might as well just try.
As we were walking towards
the castle, we passed by this big group of elementary student age kids,
and they all seemed to be on a baseball team in uniform. As we passed
them they all started excitedly saying "Hello hello!" to us. They were
acting as if we were some sorta celebrities (not so different than how
the little kids act when I go visit elementary schools either). Rob and
I being ALTs were pretty used to this so we were happy to greet them
all and shake their hands. Tony was confused LOL. As the rest of the
guys (Andy, Emmet, Sam) who were walking behind us caught up, the kids
mobbed them too and asked us all to take some group photos. I didnt get
any with my camera but here is one from Emmet's camera.
After that, we continued walking and passed some stuff like an old man doing puppeteering, and some other old man who had an iguana.
We eventually made it up to the castle. The outside of the castle
looked really cool. It turned out it was opened till 7 pm so we had no
problem getting in. We started off by going to the top floor and there
was a nice view of the area around the castle. As we walked down to
each floor after that, it was mostly just diagrams of stuff and old pots
and artifacts. It was kinda cool I guess but got a little redundant. (just like this blog, zing!)
spent a bit of time in there looking around. Eventually we all met up
by the gift shop on the first floor. I had to use the bathroom. When I
got out, everyone was gone, so I figured they went outside. They were
waiting a bit of a ways from the castle entrance. As I was walking
towards them, I noticed that Tony was not there. They said to me that
they thought he was with me, which immediately caused me to physically
face-palm at the fact that I now had to go do a repeat of Disneyland
again for real. My foot was still hurting really bad but I walked back
up the steps to go find him anyway. I eventually found him talking with
a police officer trying to call me on a pay phone! I bitched him out
for not paying attention and getting lost somehow again. He seemed to
think it wasnt his fault but if everyone else managed to stay together
and he didnt, obviously he needs to pay more attention.
after that we chilled out there a bit and had some beers and relaxed
while Andy took some pictures. It was getting late and Andy had to
catch his Shinkansen back to Tokyo soon so we walked to the station
together. We rode the train back to Osaka station and from there Andy
parted ways with us.
After that, the rest of us went to Yodobashi
cemera cuz Tony wanted to buy some more souvenirs and Rob wanted to buy
an ipod touch. Rob and I helped Tony find the stuff he wanted and then
he bought like some Gundam figure, a plushie WaLuigi, and a Hokuto no
Ken figure. I bought a PuyoPuyo plushie for Ryoko cuz she loves that
game. Rob got his ipod touch so everything went well.
that, Rob had to get going so we said bye to him. From there, we had
time to kill so the 4 of us had some beers by the 7-11. Tony had some
more Chu-hi because he wanted to get drunk enough to fall asleep on our
bus back to Tokyo but he was worried about a repeat of yesterday so he
didnt really get drunk and held back.
After that, we went to get
Ramen and it was really good. We didnt have much time after that till
our bus came, so we had to head to Osaka station and get ready to leave.
I was gonna buy some omiyage for my co-workers (as its customary to do
so when you travel far) but we ran out of time so we just got on the
This time we didnt have quite as good of seats. I was
buzzed but wanted to get more buzzed so I resorted to double snusing
extra strong Snus. Sam did the same. Tony had trouble falling asleep
at first but eventually did manage to pass out, and he did so in a
forward leaning position because there was no seat in front of him, just
the guard rail for the stairs. Once that happened, Sam and Emmet
started dropping 1 yen coins down the back of his pants and I took
pictures of it LOL! He didnt wake up at least, and he didnt even know
they were there till I told him later the next day, hah! Sam, Emmet,
and I most played 3 player Mario Kart on DS. Emmet was owning us at the
regular racing because he knows all the broken snaking tricks. Then we
played the vs mode with the balloon battle thing and I came out
slightly ahead in the end but it was sorta even. Then Emmet went to
sleep so I played Sam in PuyoPuyo till we got to the first rest stop.
At the rest stop, I was able buy my omiyage but unfortunately they didnt
sell alcohol. Once we got back on the bus, I pretty much fell right to
Monday, April 4th
arrived at Shinjuku station early in the morning. Emmet pretty much
just went right home cuz he actually only took a half day off work and
had to be there by 12. Sam, Tony, and I went to McDonalds to get
breakfast. I also had to kill time cuz I needed money from the ATM and
my bank sucks so I have to wail till past 8 am. Sam also needed to kill
time cuz he had to take care of some business regarding his apartment
key. While at the McDonalds, Sam saw some crazy old man in the smoking
section rocking back and forth rambling to himself. Also, when we were
ordering our food, some senile old man with bad hearing was trying to
order in front of us in line, and you could tell the cashier was doing
her best not to like slap him cuz he kept like making her repeat stuff
like a zillion times and kept like changing his answer from what he
wanted to where he wanted to eat and stuff. It was sorta funny and
annoying at the same time.
After we killed enough time there, Sam
got on the train and left, I got my money from the ATM and Tony and I
got on the train too. We originally were thinking about going to Studio
Ghibli museum but it was raining kinda bad, we were both exhausted, and
my foot still hurt.
We slept most of the way back to my town.
For the rest of the day we kinda just hung around and did a lot of
nothing. Ryoko came over and hung out too. Nothing much else to say
about this day.
Tuesday, April 5th
was my last vacation day before going back to work. I decided to
actually use this day wisely so I made an appointment at a different
hospital in my area to finally get my ulcer checked out thoroughly since
as of now it was mostly just a diagnosis from symptoms. I had an 8:30
am appointment and Ryoko came along too cuz she didnt have work till
First they did an ultra sound scan of my stomach.
After that they used a camera. This processes sucked! They first made
me drink this like Novocaine-like substance. Then they put it up my
nose and let it sit for a bit. Then they jammed a rubber tube all the
way through my nose to where it connects to my throat. They then did
this again with a WIDER tube. I guess this was to get me ready for the
grand finale, in which the doctor came in with a small camera that was
on the end of a long black tube. They then proceeded to shove the
camera all the way through my nostril, through my throat, all the way
into my stomach! By this point, the Novocaine was staring to wear off
so I could feel it in my throat, which caused me to throw up. Luckily I
didnt eat breakfast since they said not to eat before the checkup, so I
just vomited a lot of spit. They then pulled the whole thing out till I
calmed down, and then put it back in AGAIN! This time I tried my best
not to throw up but couldnt help it so I just kept throwing up spit
WHILE this tube was shoved all the way down my throat. They managed to
get the pictures they needed with the camera and eventually took it out.
I must say that this was one of the most uncomfortable medical
procedures ive ever had to go through, but in the end im glad I got it
After waiting a bit, the doctor called me in and went over
the results. So it turns out I dont have a stomach ulcer at all. I
have an ulcer in my esophagus. Some ulcers are a result of a bacteria
called H. Pylori. Mine, however, is just a result of stomach acid
burning my esophagus. I have pretty much suffered from acid reflux (aka
GERD) my whole life, so I have always had really bad heart burn
problems. I guess its just gotten to the point where it has burned it
enough to cause serious damage. The doctor said this probably will
never fully heal, and he says that the damage level is between a B and a
C on an ABCD scale with D being the worst. So for the rest of my life,
I pretty much have to take a pill every morning (proton pump inhibitor)
which will suppress the level of stomach acid my body produces. Ive
taken these before but they always gave me bad diarrhea side affects so I
stopped and just used tums. Hopefully the stuff he gives me wont
really do that. Its supposed to be stronger than what I have been
previously been taking so I hope it works well. He did say, however,
that I can still eat any food that I want but to simply avoid eating
foods that cause too much stomach acid like an abundance of meat, and
that I should not over eat and try to eat a bunch of smaller meals more
often. He also said its ok to drink alcohol but to just not go too
crazy with it. That was a big relief to hear cuz if I had to quit
drinking for the rest of my life... well it would suck ball. I also
asked him about snus and he told me to quit using it. So from here on I
am pretty much done using snus. It sucks cuz I have a bunch in my
freezer still, I guess I can just give it away. He said theres no signs
of cancer so thats good, but sometimes these ulcers can increase the
risk of getting esophagus cancer so im going to have to be careful to
take care of myself. If anything, at least now I am more informed about
my condition so I feel better overall even if it is probably never
going to fully heal.
After that I had lunch with Ryoko at a
restaurant, she went to work, I went home and took a nap, and we spent
the rest of the day much like the day before just relaxing.
next day I drove Tony to the train station before work and he made it
back just fine. I offered him some chu-hi but he didnt want to have one more for the road!
thats the end of my long spring break. If you read the whole thing
then thanks for taking the time to do so and hopefully it was somewhat
I'm gonna miss having Mr. Chu-hi
around because his antics are extremely amusing. Sometimes hes a
little overly loud, says some pretty stupid things, and is a bit
immature, but hes a good guy at heart. I give him a lot of shit but its
for his own good. Hopefully he will grow up more soon.
already Friday as I am typing this so I will be heading back to Tokyo
for more games and drinking as always. Ill update again next week.
Feel free to leave comments!