Posted in love by spookylove on September 12, 2010

I got home last Sunday.

I like the weather in England. It’s nice not to be covered in a thin layer of sweat all day. The plane journey home was over 20 hours, not including the wait for my connecting flight. I loved my seat buddies on both flights, they were both Japanese and I wanted to hug them and make friends and ask them to take me back to Japan with them. The first guy had a stinking cold though. The girl on the second flight was great. She loved my Kapibarasan socks and she was fully stocked up on Japanese snacks which she kindly shared with me, as we both watched films and got uncomfortably close to cabin fever. On the journey home I watched Flubber, Iron Man 2 (1 and a half times. Mickey Rourke forever) Fantastic Four, Kick Ass, Alice In Wonderland, Malcolm in the Middle, Outnumbered, Date Night, and that’s all I can remember. Apart from that I was sleeping and fidgeting.

I was met at the airport by my family, my niece Jessica was there and it was crazy. She could walk and say the word TICKLE. I cried so much the other passengers must have thought she was my own baby or that I was dying or a competition winner or something, who knows. This week has been eventful. In good and very bad ways, but I am trying to keep perspective on everything and I know things will change soon.

So I still feel strange, but I guess it takes time to get used to a new environment. I miss Japan dearly and am starting to think it was a dream.

My Flickr pro account has run out and until I get a job that won’t be renewed so, this is the end for now. But I will be making a zine fairly soon.



There’s no place like home.

Posted in Japan, love by spookylove on September 1, 2010

It’s nearly 1 in the morning. I’m moving out of my apartment at 10am Sept 1st and staying with a friend until my flight on Saturday evening. This is probably the last time I’ll be on the internet before flying home, although I will try to email my beloved ones at some point later in the week to let them know I didn’t die of a panic induced heart attack.

I’ll miss my apartment, it’s old and weird looking and a sometime host to cockroaches but this was my first home all by myself. And I didn’t burn it down. LEVEL UP


Yo dawg I heard you like airports so I put an airport in your airport so you can airport while you airport

Posted in bunnies and kittens, butt munch, Japan, love, puke in my mouth, sick sad world, yum by spookylove on August 27, 2010

Hmm. Packing up an entire apartment is hard enough when you’re just moving to a nearby town. Doing it alone, to move back halfway across the world is proving harder than I thought it would. Who knew a girl could accumulate this much stuff? I’m making good friends at the JP Post Office.

My last week at work is going well, but I do feel sad. Yesterday I was given 4 bunches of flowers, and today I was given 6 bunches of flowers, SIX! That made me feel special and also kind of like a contestant on Miss World. I felt like I should have been wearing a sash and a crown. I also have a bunch of letters and photos, and today one of the mums baked me a loaf of bread?! Insanely sweet of her, I’m eating it right now and it’s a damn fine loaf. I was all nice and friendly earlier, and handed out my flowers to various people, I now have 4 bunches left, they are making my pathetic bare apartment look hospitable.

Plans for my last weekend include a baseball game and maybe a trip to the beach, once I finish work on Tuesday I will be making a last whirlwind tour of Tokyo for a couple of days. That makes my belly crunch up, is this really happening? AM I REALLY COMING HOME? Maybe I could get “lost” in the airport at Abu Dhabi.

I’m exhausted.


Your mother says you’re ugly

Posted in Japan, love by spookylove on August 17, 2010

Obon Week has ended, I had a good time. Climbed a mountain, killed some nerve endings, saw a dead dog.

I went to the Mori Art Museum to see the last exhibit there before I go home, it’s called Sensing Nature, and I want my money back. Although the simulated snow storm pictured above was incredible, the rest was only so so. Maybe it was too intellectual for me, I liked the snow storm so much I wanted to live in it and eat the fake snow.

I had a trip to Akihabara. Top tip: Never go to Electric Town when its 34 degrees and humidity levels are above 80%.  The combined smell of body odor and desperation and greasy hair made me feel sick. I made friends with a Western girl who was handing out leaflets on the street advertising a maid cafe. She was dressed like a manga character and I was so taken aback that I stopped dead and was staring at her for ages.

SCIENCE MUSEUM! I saw Hachiko, he looked so…dead. It’s kind of shattered the illusion for me, but I soon forgot about it when I went in the 360 globe thing they have there. You go inside a giant globe construction and stand on a bridge and they project a video onto the whole of the inside! The Science Museum has a lot of dead animals. Dead everything. I investigated the dead cockroaches and found my one, he was a middle sized Asian one…obviously. Anyway, there are some truly vile looking ones so I feel lucky mine wasn’t some kind of freaky beast.

Kapibarasan // Sho Sakurai postcards (I bought a set of 15…) // Origami cranes // Domo-kun // Polaroids from home


this must be where pies go when they die

Posted in love, yum by spookylove on August 14, 2010

I’m re-reading ‘The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes’, and THEN I COME ACROSS THIS

What are you doing here, honey? You’re not even old enough to know how bad life gets.

Posted in bunnies and kittens, Japan, love, yum by spookylove on August 5, 2010

I would say this is an excuse to show off my new flannels. I don’t think I ever took flannels seriously before I came to Japan. Or even thought about them in any capacity. Japan has made me appreciate the small face towel for what it can be, a stylish sweat buster! I think this might be the start of a Vivienne Westwood flannel collection. NOW DO YOU THINK FLANNELS ARE COOL?


on the other side

Posted in bunnies and kittens, Japan, love, sick sad world by spookylove on August 5, 2010

This time in 4 weeks I’ll be home.


I’m Bill Murray, you’re everybody else.

Posted in bunnies and kittens, Japan, love, yum by spookylove on August 1, 2010

I may find my friend annoying, but she sure knows how to fill my belly. We ate so much sashimi. Sachi’s family have their own way of eating this, instead of putting the nori/sticky rice/raw fish together beforehand, they had it all set out so we could make our own. Which I loved because it meant I got to add all the soy sauce and wasabi my little salty heart could ever desire.

Then we had tempura, aka FOOD OF ZEUS.

By this point I had entered into a food coma but they just kept on bringing out more food. Charlene and I kept on making sick faces at each other, it was a good sick feeling though. The same one you get after eating Nutella out of the jarWHATINEVERDOTHAT.

We bought her parents a gift, but were running quite late so ended up buying a plant from our local florist. By florist I mean stall with 4 half-dead plants on it. The guy stapled some cellophane to the plant after we told him it was a gift. I had to walk away from the stall because I was giggling too much, I just can’t act cool. We got a gift in return, a set of chopsticks/holder/mat and a fan. It made me regret the whole stapled plant debacle.

I loved her parents. They made me point out where I lived in the UK on some really old map, I couldn’t quite find Essex, so I made a vague gesture and they probably think I live somewhere in the vicinity of Surrey.


Posted in Japan, love by spookylove on June 22, 2010

Japanese TV show…from what I understand the basic idea of the show is DO NOT LAUGH OR A BIG FAT NINJA WILL SPANK YOU.


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Posted in bunnies and kittens, Japan, love by spookylove on June 20, 2010

I bought a Hello Kitty sandwich maker today. Yes, I actually paid money for this. You won’t mock me once I’ve made you a Hello Kitty embossed tuna sandwich.

I found a Hello Kitty pancake booth at my local food hall:

This video just plain disturbs me, Why does Hello Kitty have a mouth? Why is Hello Kitty so annoying with a mouth? And why does the old lady get defeated by a snowman?