Before race day we decided to take mom to some shopping and food. We visited Japantown and spent a good bit of time wandering the area, checking out the shops and finding some yummy food.
|The concrete Peace Pagoda designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi was presented to San Francisco by the people of Osaka, Japan.|
|Arcade are inside of the Japantown Center.|
I am not much for spending a lot of time shopping so I escaped a few times from mom and Lily to play games. I failed at the UFO Colon (seriously it say's colon check the bottom left photo in the collage) games, I was never good at them. Damn those colons!!! I was the only one there and I think it was probably because I was there mid-day when kids were probably in school.
For lunch we stopped by Tanpopo to have some ramen to warm up our cold, hungry bodies. While waiting to be seated I saw a bookcase filled with what looked like Shonen Jump magazines. So I grabbed one to page through while I waited. I can't read kanji but I figured I would look at the art styles. Two seconds after trying to page through it I was trying to quickly stuff it back into the bookcase, looking around, hoping no one saw me. Their waiting area had volumes of seijin manga @_@. Nope, not gonna page through that sitting next to mom, she probably would have smacked me and exclaimed, "Cochina!"
Anyways back to the food; I heard through the grapevine that they serve takoyaki but they didn't have it on the menu. So I asked for an order if they had it available. The waitress got down close to eye level and with a knowing look, smiled and said, "Oh yes, takoyaki." I successfully ordered a secret menu item woohoo! I was happy because I actually got to try takoyaki for the first time. It was really yummy, I will have to share a warning though: HOT LAVA!!!! They didn't look to be very hot or have steam coming off of them so I popped a whole one in my mouth. The center was piping hot, my taste buds hated me for a while. While at Tanpopo I was dismayed to find out my little sister is allergic to octopus. I was really bummed she didn't get to try it. My mom liked it but my mom loves sea food, I knew she would like it.
|Making my crepe dessert.|
After our meal, as customary in my family we had to have a little something sweet. So we stopped at Belly Good Cafe & Crepes. I snapped the picture above and then thought I would video the construction of the crepe. So check it out below.... and no I did not have a problem stuffing my face with cute food. It's cute face did not make me feel sorry for the fact that I was going to stab it with a fork and eat it.
|Being silly tourists|
The last time I was in Japantown there were 2 different wooden cut outs you could stick your head through and take a picture. I looked for them but wasn't able to find them. I liked the old ones better but we still stuck our heads through these and snapped some photos. My mom was a bit on the short side so she had problems sticking her head through. Yet another reason I liked the old ones better. They were cute too!
|Photos taken around Japantown.|
I got mostly snacks and some stuff for my mister since he wasn't able to join us for our shopping adventure. I also shopped for my sister Sylvia since she was gracious enough to watch my fur babies while we were out of town. I got her a new tea cup, some candy and mochi snacks from Nippon-Ya.
Looking for feedback. This is the first time I tried to edit a video by dropping the ambient noise and adding music. What do you think? Also, photo collage should I keep doing them or do you guys like the full photo better? Don't worry Tom, I promise not to collage the building shots I got.
Shall I bother posting another video of sick, sad, humans at their worst? I kind of wonder to myself how many people are actually going to go out this Friday just to take video of the madness happening. I don't know if it has gotten worse or if Black Friday has always been this crazy. But since most phones now have the ability to capture video, I know it is now something that can be witnessed by people who do not participate in Black Friday. I hope these people end up lining up in an orderly fashion. I would hate to hear that someone got hurt because of this:
My Spidey sense tells me to stay away from stampeding humans.
If I had the video editing skills this would be fun to mash up with the stampede in The Lion King.