The following takes place on Saturday, March 26th and Sunday, March 27th...
I havnt had a chance to write my blog for a while but on this weekend, I
finally went back to Tokyo for the first time since the quake. On
Friday, March 25th, we had an enkai for work because it was the last day
of the school year before spring break.
On Saturday, I woke up
and headed out to Tokyo at around noon. I got there a little after 3 pm.
Despite the quake, things seemed more or less the same. I didnt notice
any noteworthy physical damage to roads or buildings. Trains seemed to
still be running frequently enough if not just slightly reduced. The
main difference I did notice were that in most places the lights were
much dimmer and less lights were being used in order to save
electricity. The other main difference I noticed was that bottled water
was pretty much sold out everywhere. Every conbini I went to had zero
water bottles and also just about every vending machine was sold out of
water. This didnt really affect me at all since I brought a bit bottle
with me from home in my backpack and otherwise I mostly just drank
sports drinks and alcohol.
Of course, the first place I went when
I got to Tokyo was Mikado. I was itching to play some GG since it had
been several weeks since I last played. At first it was pretty much dead
as hell with just 2 guys playing who looked like they were either just
fucking around or didnt really know how to play well. I didnt really
wanna play against them and be stuck playing the computer if they didnt
rematch me so I decided to play a little SSFIVAE since there were more
people playing it. I was a bit rusty at this game and got beat up by a T
Hawk but then I rematched him and won. I also beat someone else but I
forgot who. Eventually I lost to the T Hawk again and noticed a few GG
players were watching for whatever reason. I think they wanted to play
GG but no one else was playing so they were hesitant to play or
something like that.
I was getting hungry so I got some Burger
King. When I came back, there were a few more people playing GG so
finally started playing that. Gradually as the day went on, more and
more GG player showed up and in the end it got fairly packed. Kunihiro
came and I talked with him and played him for a bit. Also, Ryan
(Letbloodrun) is back in Japan currently and came to play 3S. There was a
3S tournament going on earlier actually when I arrived but he said he
had stuff to do in the morning so he missed it. He came to play casuals
though. We talked a bit. He asked where Emmet was and I told him he went
back to New Zealand after the quake hit. I played a ton of GG casuals
and had a lot of fun.
Towards the end when it was starting to get
late, Ryan had to go soon so he couldnt come out drinking but wanted to
have a beer with me so I drank with him for a bit while playing GG. He
eventually left. I stayed a bit longer and played a little buzzed GG as I
continued to sip on a little whiskey. Eventually it got pretty late so I
decided to go hit up Current. Before going to Current I grabbed a kebab
for the road.
Current was actually busier than I would have
thought it would be and nothing seemed to have changed. As soon as I
walked in, lots of people were glad to see me saying how they were
wondering if I was ok and stuff. I assured them I was and quickly
ordered a beer and sat at the bar. I talked with a few regulars and the
staff. Eventually Sawa mailed me saying she wanted to meet up with Heidi
and drink with us tonight. Heidi said she was at PSY so we said we
would join her there later. Sawa didnt remember the way to PSY so I told
her to come to Current and id go there with her later. She eventually
showed up and we just kept getting beers at Current cuz we were having a
good time there.
I dont remember exactly but probably sometime
around 4 pm we headed to PSY. I dont remember much there honestly lol.
From what I do remember it was a pretty typical night at PSY and I
stayed passed 6 am. Manga kissa was the same as usual.
day I got a haircut and then I bought a new PS3 arcade stick at Yamada
Denki in Shinjuku. The left direction cherry switch on my stick at home
is broken and I dont have the tools to fix it here with me in Japan and
im too lazy to bother finding new parts and tools here so I just decided
to buy a new stick. Nothing fancy, just a 5000 yen Hori, but it does
the job. After that, I went home a bit earlier to spend the rest of the
evening with Ryoko at home.
Pretty typical weekend but it was good to finally go back to Tokyo after so long.