Sunday Skies – Sky Worship VI

I know I haven’t updated over a month. That’s because I have been having a massive case of writer’s block – I actually have been torturously trying to poop out the next entry in the Great Autumn Roadtrip 2008 for like 3 weeks now (Starbucks girl jokes that by the time I finish it, it will be time for our next road trip) and I still can’t get it done. Sigh.

blue skies over tokyo

I have been a busy panda recently however. About a month ago I had a bit of a life-changing epiphany – one of those “this is the first day of the rest of your life” type of deals. I woke up one morning and decided that it was time to change all these things that had been bothering me for a long time. And so I decided to start eating right, exercise regularly, stop wasting money, study harder, take more pictures and finally, make the most out of my remaining time in Japan.

blue skies over tokyo

The results have been pretty dramatic – I’ve lost nearly 10.8 kilograms (24 pounds!) in just over a month, have managed to save more out of my monthly paycheck than I ever have in the past five years, have made a big dent in my JLPT textbooks and above all, have been having a blast each and every weekend.

To tell the truth, if I had known it was this easy to change my bad habits, I would have done it ages ago :) . But all that matters is that it’s been more than a month and my new lifestyle shows no signs of slowing down – quite the opposite, each new success (especially the weight loss) brings a renewed sense of progress and encouragement. It’s good stuff all around – even the impending hot, humid, rainy season isn’t bringing me down like it usually does.

blue skies over tokyo

Speaking of taking more pictures, I happened to be out in Shinjuku last Sunday doing that whole “make the most out of my time in Japan” thing when I lucked into some of the most beautiful blue skies I have seen to date. I say “lucked into” because the weather forecast from the previous day said it was supposed to be gloomy and rainy all day – and it was anything but. I pointed my camera upward and just started snapping away at the always imposing Takashimaya and its fantastic concrete and steel skyward projection.

blue skies over tokyo

Afterward, I swung over to nearby Takadanobaba and took a few more before the sun started to set, taking those gorgeous skies with it. I really dig Takadanobaba – nothing particularly touristy about it, but as one of my friends put it – “it’s like the real Tokyo – people working, studying, walking, just living.” I’m not sure if I’d put it so dramatically – plus my camera spent all its time pointed firmly upward as I am for the most part more interested in buildings than people – but it definitely is a welcome change of pace from the hustle and glam of Shinjuku and the other more famous Tokyo neighborhoods.

blue skies over tokyo

You can view a few more pictures after the jump, along with my usual plaintive pleas for patience until my next blog entry.

blue skies over tokyo

blue skies over tokyo

blue skies over tokyo

blue skies over tokyo

blue skies over tokyo

Okay, that’s it for the blue skies. Thank you for reading. I promise, promise, promise I’m going to do my best to get that next roadtrip entry up soon. Sigh. Writer’s block sucks.

Now listening to: “The Wallflowers – One Headlight”

I’ve been on somewhat of a retro-90s nostalgic kick lately lol.

6 Reactions

  1. felix

    Hey, my current book series author, George RR Martin, has had a gigantic case of writer’s block – his next book, A Dance With Dragons, was supposed to come out on June of 2006.

  2. 6th Floor Blog - Sara

    Congrats on the life change. I feel like I have those all the time and don’t follow through.
    Love the pictures, the barbed wire one is really neat.

  3. Kori

    how do you get that gorgeous exposure??
    which JLPT are you studying for? I failed 2 for the second time last Dec… but hey, third time (not this year) must be the charm, right?
    all the best!

  4. michaelpanda

    @waiter: Thank you! I’m glad you liked them!
    @Kori: I use a couple of tricks. If you want I can e-mail you how I did it, cuz it’s a bit long to write in a comment.
    About the JLPT, I’m sitting 1-kyu this year. I should have done it like 2 years ago, but I’m a lazy panda :) Good luck with your studying!

  5. michaelpanda

    @Sara: Thanks! I’m glad you liked the pic!
    @felix: Well I guess I’m in good company then! Too bad I still haven’t gotten over my writers block… hmmm…