Reflections on Takadanobaba ;)

So it hit 4pm this afternoon; I was successfully packed, and my brain was successfully scrambled from having to read and write again for a few hours. 

So I took myself off to go present shopping for you wonderful folk back home… Because quite frankly, no one does malls quite like Tokyo. And no one does shopping quite like Peta! πŸ˜‰

Now, I’ve been staying in Takadanobaba, which has been one of the best locations in terms of getting around. I’m two stops from Shinjuku, which hosts some great shops, restaurants and a plentiful array of Starbucks. And I thought today, as I did my final little commute along to the mall, I’m going to miss ol’ Takadanobaba and my little side-street accommodation here.

I will miss that I have a Starbucks next door and a Freshness Burger two doors down. Because there’s something strangely comforting about knowing I’m close to Earl Grey tea and an understandable menu at all times. Haha. I’ve actually only had two burgers in the two weeks I’ve been here… Don’t worry! I have had a London Fog everyday though. Without fail. πŸ˜‰

I will miss there being a 24-7 House of Prayer 5 minutes away. Because the longer I spend here, the more I really believe that only a united prayer and missions movement will see the Spirit of God flood this land.

I will miss the sheer volume of vending machines that mean I can always get exactly what I want to drink at any time of the day or night. I noticed when visiting Hamamatsu that they are not quite so frequent outside the big city!

I will miss my little Japanese lessons and my cute teacher who gets so excited when I can read/write/understand a kanji successfully when she points it out. It’s so good for my self esteem!

I will miss the quirky, slightly creepy tune that the traffic lights play when it’s green to cross. Ok in the day. Makes you feel like you’re in a bizarre psycho-thriller at night. ‘Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-du-dunnnnnn’, gets in your head all day and kind of sounds like the toilet music. But does makes your road crossing experience more fun.

I won’t miss the crazy toilet. Because like I’d said before, and will say again. It’s just plain weird.

Now, as you have probably come to expect for me, my shopping experience today wasn’t as straightforward as just popping to the mall and not talking to anyone. In fact, it was pretty funny.

The ground floor of one mall is a beauty section like a lot of department stores back home. And I needed some concealer. So I thought I’d go and see if it was as difficult to find concealer that would match my skin here as some people had warned me about. It’s been so hot here that I’ve not really been doing the whole make up thing for a couple of weeks anyway. And today was no exception. And I’m ok with this. I’m kind of a-concealer-and-mascara-girl only at the best of times.

However, clearly it was unusual for this particular mall to see someone without make-up. The first counter I went to, the girl insisted on doing a skin match on my face to find me perfect foundation, and then giving me a free facial. 

Ace! 

But she was so surprised when she tried to take my make up off and found that it was actually just my skin that she almost dropped the cleanser she was using. Hahaha. She then proceeded, in broken English, to tell me about how to look after my skin. In what sounded like a very expensive fashion. Not really me, hey?!

I did buy some concealer though. Perfectly matched to my skin tone. 

Just because… She gave me a really great facial! 

I also met a great girl who designed her own jewellery (which was ACE by the way… Present hint!) We had a good chat about what I was doing in Japan that switched between my bad Japanese and her pretty good English.

So I had fun. 

And again, please just pray that these girls meet other Christians as they walk through life.

So as I say farewell to Takadanobaba, whose name I have only just mastered the pronunciation of without it feeling like the world’s-worst-tongue-twister, I am very grateful to all I have learned since I arrived, and for the God who has kept me thus far. Roll on the next month!! And enjoy some photos of the things I will miss πŸ˜‰ 

 

Takadanobaba Starbucks πŸ™‚

My favourite creepy-lights πŸ™‚ 

My toilet πŸ˜‰

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