Saturday, January 13, 2007
Ah, the weekend. More cold weather, more outings and more Tokyo. Temple University (the university through which I am on this four month stint) organized a sumo excursion. There are matches every other month and this one happened to be in Tokyo. These men are huge and they are loved here. National heroes it seems. One of my classmates suggested that sumo wrestlers would make great o-linemen, but then realized that women in the states probably wouldn’t appreciate their physique as much as Japanese women. Also surprising was the quickness of the sumo. They were very nimble and they slap each other repeatedly at impressive speeds.
Sumo was the bulk of my day. I also finally found a Citibank atm and withdrew money. There are probably 15 citibank atm’s in the city of Tokyo. That is about 15 more than any other bank in America. Still, there are none near where I am now. On the bright side, I am learning the subway routes. Of course, it’s kinda hard because there are 2 competing subway companies with different maps and often different stations. Tomorrow I will again look for housing (it’s an ongoing process). That’s it.