I spent my second Saturday in Nagoya, only this time I got an earlier start and had a friend along for the ride. I actually went to the shops this time: Gamers, Mandarake, and Gee! Store. Gamers is a store known for its DiGi Charat manga and anime. Mandarake is a widespread new/used goods store; I went to the Osaka branch last year. Gee! Store is another otaku place I visited last year, though this one was much larger. Between Mandarake and Gee!, I managed to find quite a number of things from my want list (both in and out of print), as well as several things I never knew existed but would have had on my list. That should basically wrap up my geek shopping, really, since there’s not really a lot of other places to hunt stuff down — none that I know of, anyway.
The pseudo-new guy in my class, Christian, came along, and while he’s not as much into games and anime, he found a sentai-based jacket he liked, and a Fate/stay night t-shirt. We went to the game center, but it was closed down — apparently, they’re renovating, but the sign didn’t give a reopening date. After thoroughly exploring what those stores had to offer, we had dinner at a place called Mega Kebab, run by a varied mix of people from places like Turkey and Uzbekistan. They call to passersby, joke with customers, and offer great “first-time deals” to draw in business for their pita/kebab menu, complete with Mediterranean-style shanks of shavable meat. They seem pretty competent in both Japanese and English, and one of the guys even spoke some German with Christian, saying he’d lived in Germany for a few years as a child. I’d talked to these guys last week, and had gotten a small cup of fries on my way back to the station, since I wasn’t very hungry then. This week, Christian and I were both starving, so we each had a massive pita packed with vegetables, beef, and hot sauce. (It’s been hours and I’m still not yet hungry.)
By the time we wrapped it up and took the various trains back to Okazaki, it was dark and I was footsore and sweaty. Today wasn’t hot, but the humidity made the absolute most of what heat there was; I felt pretty disgusting by the time I reached the dorm. As soon as I got into the room, I shed my backpack (yes, the one I bought last year in Namba), shut the window and turned on the AC, and took a much-needed shower. The dorm was strangely quiet, but I don’t know if everyone was out for the weekend, or diligently studying in their rooms, and I haven’t heard much since.
As for me, I’ll study and do my homework tomorrow.