Over the weekend I caught up with the Girls latest season. Lo and behold, Shosh wakes up in a quirky Tokyo apartment, living in Tokyo and breathing Japanese culture. Living my dream life!
What?! Since when?! Did it happen in the previous season? I can't remember. But there she was, experiencing things that I have been wishing for! Well, sort of, since *spoiler alert* the losing-her-job part sucked and I am perfectly content with my non-Japanese BF.
The First Scene of Shosh’s Japanese Life
A Glimpse of Her Tokyo Apartment
Actually, the lion stuffed toy hanging on the ceiling was the very first scene. I want it all! I want the hanging lion (mine would be a cat), the green teapot (mine: pink), the bed (I used to sleep on the mattress on the floor before I moved to Singapore), and I have the exact white lantern. I also want the green poles.
The First Sighting of Japanese Shosh
We share a pink obsession, vintage drawer, and thick eyebrows.
Let's talk about her talking alarm clock. It's called Clockman. It talks (in Japanese, of course) and rolls his eyes. It originally comes in four colors, each with its own distinct personality based on blood groups. I already put it on my Japan shopping list.
Japanese Unit Bathroom
A typical bathroom scene in Japan.
The Japanese Unit bathroom is a single-piece unit of a bathroom made of plastic produced in the factory. It's pretty normal to spot this in a Tokyo apartment.
Japanese Breakfast On The Go
Shoshanna is buying breakfast with a long queue behind her. I wonder what could it be as I never ate Japanese breakfast on the go if we don't count the onigiri from 7-Eleven. Is it some sort of noodles? Is it dim sum? The pony-tailed girl is eating it like a dim sum, and there is a stack of steamer baskets in the background.
Commuting in Japan
Shoshanna on her way to work, standing on the train like sardines and walking past Shibuya. I have done both scenes. I have squeezed myself together with Tokyo's morning commute and walked, aimlessly and minus the Kawaii headphone, around Shibuya.
Shosh in a Japanese working environment. She greets everyone effortlessly, even complimented on Mari's something in Japanese. I too want to work in Japan, wear quirky clothes to work and greet my colleagues in Japanese.
Immersing in Japanese Culture
But then I'd also need girlfriends who want to chit chat, naked while soaking in hot water in a sento. Maybe I can convince my friends to move to Japan with me as well. We have done it before; it would just be another round of girl time for us.
My most favorite part of Shosh's Japanese life so far is when the girls’ chillaxing time after sento and that, too, with cotton candies. This reminds me of the time in Lake Akan's Tsugura Wings, where I and my friends spent the days soaking in the onsen, eating buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and trekking the neighborhoods. The Japanese (and my) kind of staycation.
Drinking with my friends in a small neighborhood food stall in Asakusa. I have done this as well!
Shosh, we are soul sisters!
Throwing stuff randomly into her patterned suitcase, oversized sweater with cute pictures on it, pink iPhone and nail polish, multiple rings, food fridge magnets, and canceling an appointment at the last minute.