Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Walk around My Old Neighborhood / 旧近所の散歩

A couple of months ago, before I broke my wrist, I decided to take a walk around my old neighborhood.  When I first moved to Japan and looked for an apartment, I wanted a place that was within thirty minutes of my work place.  I chose an area called Mishuku which became my home for the next ten years before I got married.


My first apartment - "White Heights".  It was located behind the Setagaya High School in a very quiet neighborhood.


My neighborhood convenience store.  I practically lived here as well.  I don't think there was a day gone by that I didn't come here to buy lunch or dinner or snacks or drinks or beer, etc.


I never got around to buying a washing machine at my first apartment and always came to this coin laundry (door on the right).  Actually this was my second choice until the first coin laundry place I used burned down.  Also, from time to time I would treat myself to the sento (public bath), the door on the left.  It was a nice to wind down and relax.

三宿アパート時代洗濯機は買ってなかった為いつもこのコインランドリーで済ました (右側のドア)。本当はもう一か所のコインランドリーがありましたが、そこが火事になって、こちがメインになった。たまにはときわ湯という銭湯(左側のドア)でリラックスしましたな。

I also spent a lot of time in the basement of this building which was a 2 minute walk from my apartment.  This is where the rock bar "Blackmore" was located.  There were many a nights when I would be here until morning, drinking and listening to hard rock and heavy metal.  My first onsen trip was with the friends that I made at Blackmore.


Blackmore changed management and the name was changed to "Black".  I haven't been here since the change.


If I felt in a mood to splurge on lunch or dinner, I would come here to "Zest", a Tex-Mex restaurant.  The building used to be a brighter shade of yellow.


The Mishiku Intersection / 三宿の交差点

Another place I spent a lot of time at as this beef bowl restaurant is opened 24 hours a day.  Their curry is quite delicious too.


On the other corner, there used to be another beef bowl shop - Yoshinoya.


Just a very short peak into my past neighborhood.


1 comment:

Rurousha said...

I've also visited my first neighbourhood (Ochiai). I bet people wondered why this woman was standing on the pavement for such a long time with such a stupid grin on her face ...