I'm 33 years old, originally from Norway, but I currently live in Tokyo, Japan, with my husband and our cat. I work as a freelance translator, and this is a normal Wednesday in my life. My journal tends to fill up with posts about all sorts of memorable events and trips, so I appreciate the chance to document the seemingly mundane as well.
My first alarm was for 6:20, but honestly, my cat woke me up long before this. I tried taking a picture of her, but she was too preoccupied trying to get me to get up and feed her. I work from home, so I have the luxury of time to roll around in bed for a bit before I get up. I'm on call for urgent projects for one of my clients from 7am, though.
Having had her breakfast, she goes on to distract me from my work. "Are you sure there are any urgent tasks for you today, mommy?". There were a couple.
I then go on to have an extremely productive morning. Wednesday is recycling day, so I sort all our recyclables. I put away clean dishes that have dried overnight, I get a load of laundry started, I shower and make coffee! The husband eventually wakes up, he doesn't start work until 10am, so he always gets to sleep in a bit... we head out together after hanging the laundry out to dry.
Dump the recyclables at the collection point. Japan is very particular about their trash. For instance, as you can see, PET bottles need to be stripped of all other plastic materials, so all labels and bottle caps need to be removed before you take them out to be recycled.
The weather is OK, I guess. I personally love summer, though most people seem to be happy we're slowly entering autumn. Typhoon season is definitely upon us. Weather is always unstable these days. This Wednesday it was around 28C (82.4 F) with intermittent rain throughout the day.
The main street towards the train station. I feel like it's usually a lot busier... a lot of people had time off for obon, but I feel like more and more people are taking time off after obon to make the most of their time off (and not go on holiday when everyone else is also off on holiday).
The main street with its roofed arcade of shops and restaurants. I wave hello to Wansa-kun, the main street mascot character looking down on everyone from his signboards along the road. Yes, it's a dog in a police uniform.
I wave goodbye to my husband and enter a local bakery to grab breakfast and get some work done.
This ends up being both breakfast and lunch. The cafe is blasting the air conditioner so hard, my hair is blowing in the wind. I move about a couple of times until I find a spot that's not too badly affected. I started out with an iced mango tea, but had to go order a hot coffee as well to keep my hands warm.
It started raining. I head back home after about 4 hours or so of productive work at the bakery.
I take a break from work and log on Final Fantasy XIV. This is a brand new obsession, my friend got me into it just last week, and we've been playing a lot. I'm very close to level 30 already. I play on the PS4, my friends play on PC. I've never seen such a smooth cross-platform play experience. It definitely helps that you can hook up a keyboard to the PS4, though. The game would feel very stressful if you didn't have any way of communicating in-game.
Husband messages me and tells me he wants to work on some music projects after work, so I cook myself some dinner. I find a couple of summer eggplants in the fridge that I'd completely forgotten about. I make a quick and easy tomato sauce pasta with them so that I won't have to throw them out.
It was delicious---
I do some more work, putter around the house and make plans with a friend to go see Rocketman on Sunday. I picked up a city guide for the area my friend lives in a couple of days ago, so I leaf through it to see if there's any interesting restaurants or cafes we could go to for dinner after the film. It turns out her city area is so filled with interesting cafes, I can't make up my mind what to suggest. I'm still thinking about it.
Around 10PM I head back out the meet up with the husband. I injured my ankle back in March this year, recovery has been slow and painful, I'm now at the stage where I need to slowly build up the mobility and strength of my leg. I've been going on evening walks when I've been unable to get my walking in during the day.
Notice the string with the white paper decorations? They are preparing for a local summer festival that will take place in a couple of weeks. See? Summer isn't over yet!
We walk around the neighborhood for maybe an hour or so.
End up at a convenience store to pick up an evening meal.
I love Japanese convenience stores, they are very different from the ones in Norway!
Despite just exiting the shop, husbands spots a drink he wants at a vending machine. I make a note that most of the canned coffee is on sale, probably because the cold ones are soon going to be replaced with hot ones for autumn/winter season.
We share an evening meal (nikuman, steamed buns filled with a sweet meat filling) and veg out to some YouTube and Netflix before heading to bed!
Ready to do it all again tomorrow.