The Lazy Man’s Way to Tokyo, Day 13

Started off the lovely day with the oddest pastry I’ve had in some time.


It says melon pastry, and it’s a light green color. Melon can be anything, but I wasn’t expecting cantaloupe flavored. It wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t expecting it 🙂

Had to go to Shinagawa 品川 to meet someone for lunch.

Browsed my favorite type of store:


Picked up another One Piece. Wondered about the size of books in Japan and why they are all identical. In an effort to keep all books small enough to carry around, larger books (with more, you know, words) are divided into one, two, or three separate books. You’ll commonly see 上、中、下 (beginning, middle, end) on longer books. Such as 天使と悪魔 by Dan Brown:

tenshitoakuma tenshi2 tenshi3

Visited a drug store, the hypochondriac’s dream come true.


The Japanese are no different than most countries and will sell you a cure for anything. I’d caution to be wary… but in all honesty, being a foreigner in Japan means that you won’t be familiar with most drugs. Which means that they’ll have the added benefit of a placebo effect 🙂 That, and most of the genki drinks (liquid medicine/energy drink) taste great!

I wimped out on lunch and went for a burger. Sorry 🙂


It was one of those burgers that are designed to drip all over the plate and make a mess no matter how hard you try not to. Luckily, the fries were super thick and absorbent, so I could hide some of the mess-making. Wondering how to say burger in Japanese? バーがー You guessed it (baagaa). not to be confused with 馬鹿 (baka-stupid) 🙂 French fries? ホットポテト (hotto potato).

Stopped by Egypt to pick up this delicacy:


Okay, I didn’t go to Egypt. But how could you not pick up a drink that looks this cool? It’s royal jelly and grape… flavored? Don’t know what royal jelly is exactly? Wikipedia says it’s ‘a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of the larvae. It is secreted from the hypopharyngeal glands in the heads of young workers and used (among other substances) to feed the larvae in the colony…’

I’m so happy I read that after I drank it. I love how it proudly says 1% fruit juice at the bottom 🙂

Stopped at a Doutor for coffee and studying.


Doutor ドトール is the Japanese equivalent of Starbucks (along with Excelsior Caffe, Veloce, and -of course- Starbucks) with around 900 stores in Japan. They’re on the cheaper side though, about $2 for a decent iced coffee. You can see the re-appearance of the Gum Syrup (liquid) I talked about way back here.

Went out for dinner and then went home.

In an effort to keep people from being hungry after reading my posts (I had complaints!), I’ve decided not to post any pictures or descriptions of what I ate for dinner. Instead, I’ll post a picture of someone else’s food and you can guess what it is. 🙂


Good night! また明日ね!

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