In the hunt…

Day 84:

I started the day by making one last trip to the hospital so the doc could check how my pinky was healing. He said it was healing perfectly and that I could start using it again beginning tomorrow. He also said I was very lucky. I agreed!

Afterward, it was back to Meidaimae to go apartment hunting with the 不動産 (realtor). Except the dude that I was supposed to meet today scheduled our appointment on his day off. What a loser. Anyway, the guy who ended up showing me around was a lot more knowledgeable about the area and took me to see some nice places. I actually found one I really liked, but I needed some time to think about it…over some ramen.

Since I was in Meidaimae, I headed down the street to grab a bowl from the Nakata Brothers ramen shop.

I’m not sure but I think this is one of the brothers.

The shop is known more for their tsukemen, but I was in the mood for some shoyu ramen.

The broth is made with anago (salt-water eel) and there’s a bit of a strong fishy smell, but it is otherwise a pretty decent bowl.

I thought about it and decided to go take a look at the place one more time. The kids seemed to like it so I ended up applying for it. We’ll see what happens. It’s a bit out of my price range but starting life over isn’t supposed to be easy, right?

Later that night it was off to Shinjuku to have a few drinks with friends. Okay so there was more than a few drinks involved. And there’s nothing like eating ramen in the cold from a yatai after some drinks.

It’s not great ramen, but on this night, in this setting, it’s perfect.

I fell asleep on the train on my way home and ended up passing my station. Luckily, I didn’t go that far and was able to catch another train coming back.

Whew, that was a close one.

4 Replies to “In the hunt…”

  1. @LG: Do i have your email? I would love to talk about your book!

    @jeesung: luckily it was early enough to catch one back. i felt like i just blinked and next thing i knew i was way past it. haha.

    @edjusted: yatai!!

  2. Yeah, I like that storefront too. And there's nothing like eating at a yatai. It's not about the food…it's about eating at a yatai!

  3. Haha! I think that's great you brought your nieces to help pick out your new place! Sooo cute. Hopefully you didn't have to wait too long for the train in the other direction! I've done that before!

  4. Nice store front; I'm digging on the sort of recycled wood look they have going on…but hmmm anago…sounds like fun. I've always rather liked anago simmered in dashi over it's overly sweet and sometime gloopy brother, but was it like fishy “fishy” or like fishy “salty” in the taste…or was it just an olfactory thing? And is that common to use in the base, or what that something that “they” wanted to do to maybe make the place stand out. See this is why you need to write a book; I have too many questions…[btw if you want/need any sort of help/venting/questions on writing a book just email me should you fancy it. I saw it on your twitter sidebar box a while back, but I'm not much of a phone person, ergo no tweets from me. But I'm about 3/4 done with my own baby and got an advance on my next project come march…so just putting that out there in case you need some to talk to who's not a blood sucker…cough I mean editor/scout to talk to, let me know…]

    But aww your little nieces are so cute & they've found their niche too….adorable.

    oh and sweet kicks…


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