Funnily enough, they say people who like sci-fi in Japan are also otaku. I guess that’s why rubbish romance shows like Koizora are popular.
I managed to shrug off the Monkey and the other girl, since they were adamant on going to Tsukiji fish market, a popular touristy spot for fresh sashimi. They had heard that it was real cheap there. I suppose it is, comparatively, but having to wake up at 4 am to eat slightly less expensive sashimi is probably no fun. It’s all the way in Chuou as well, too far for me. They wanted to go to Akiba together with my group, but I told it was for boys only, and they annoyingly kept insisting. They appear to have this misconception that Akiba has a giant building, 7 stories high, full of nothing but porn, sex toys and fetish items. I have so far failed to convince them that Akiba is made up of small buildings, each store is multiple stories high so it sounds impressive but really isn’t as awesome as one might imagine, and there are many buildings there of which only one (or possibly more), Ms, http://www.ms-online.co.jp/, fits their description. Even so, I don’t think it has anything that much more kinky than what we can find elsewhere.
Back to what happened yesterday!
The professors decided to slack off and gave us the whole day to do a massive 27 man group work and presentation, on the topic "The sustainability of the river Nile". We divided up into 4 groups, namely the pre-dam goals and factors group, the socio-political group, the economics group and the ecology group. The latter was my group and consisted solely of science students, which was hilarious because all of us used peer-reviewed journal papers for our information, while the arts students in the socio and econs group appeared to use weird shit from online sites. Anyway, this resulted in a huge contradiction in the final presentation, but since it isn’t graded, nobody really suffered for it. It was a relatively fun day school-wise.
The evening was spent on dinner with my professor, who’s a marine biologist, and head of the biology department in my university. He felt left out of the faculty group as he was the only one who didn’t bring family members along, so the rest were off in their nuclear families. Being a beer-addict, he asked us, the Singaporean students, to go and we brought Druggie. I’ve come to the realisation that Druggie has been getting lots of free good food by just sticking to us, it’s quite funny. Us Singaporeans are good at this free food thing.
As is the custom in Asia, the senior treats, and he told us to order what we wanted. We ended up with an overly huge spread, with sushi, a few dons, 6 yakitoris, 6 of those sakuraebi mashed with vegetable tempuras, a whole grilled large squid, and some other stuff. The conversation was funny, or disturbing, depending on whether you think the professor was joking. He joked that we should eat all the sharks and dolphins and whales, since they are apex predators and they eat our fish. I’m sure he’s joking, since his main field of research is coral restoration, so he’s an environmentalist. He told us stories of the various exotic meats and fishes he’s had, such as dolphin, whale tenderloin sashimi, etc etc.
Oh and I’ve finally spoken online to Danny Choo, I’m not able to attend his figurine show since it closes at 5 for some reason and I end my lessons at that time. I guess if schedule permits, I should be meeting up with him on Tuesday.