Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Home Alone December 1, 2010
G and I decide to venture to Don Quijote - "THE" place for home electronics and I need a hairdryer, dammit! Our US appliances work here in Tokyo, same plug/different voltage. However, since I have not lived in the US since 2006, am no longer in possession of a great number of US appliances. First - train is not pushchair (read stroller my US friends) friendly. I drag pushchair down 2 flights of stairs, purchase train ticket (don't get me started, thank god for station attendant) all whilst holding firmly to the squirmy 2 year old screeching "Train coming! Train coming!". We make it to Don Quijote - 6 levels of hell. I kid, kind of. In reality 6 levels of an overabundance of merchandise displayed in a very tight space. Accompanied by music at a decibel level I cannot describe. And flashing lights drawing you to the "blue light specials". Found a hairdryer (1 of 25 models) and a toaster oven- bonus! Lose G for 1 minute and start panicking. Find him pushing buttons on model portable DVD players trying to locate Barney. Drag him out with a promise to go to a park.
We are fortunate enough to live close to Arisugawa Memorial Park-green, lush, pond for fishing and most importantly a sizeable playground with swings, slides and sand pit. After a Starbucks stop off, where I see a number of western women but no children, we proceed to the park where we meet quite a few kids G's age. They are all accompanied by their Filipina nannies/housekeepers/cooks thus explaining the lack of children in Starbucks. Note to self: look into childcare. Maybe someone could live in that maid's room afterall....