A new episode came out today and I was nodding in agreement throughout the whole thing at work.
Re: Book Off, the first year I went to Japan I stayed somewhere between Kanda and Akihabara Station. Akiba Book-Off is fine but given how much tourist traffic there is, it tends to get mined for the good stuff pretty quickly, so I thought I’d venture out into less obvious areas. I looked up the other Book Offs in the area, and found about four I could go to by walking. I hit up two and ended up getting very lost along the way to the third, winding up somewhere around the (at the time unfinished) Tokyo Sky Tree. It started raining right around the time I finally found the third Book Off, and at that point I had gotten so exhausted from wandering all over that I said fuck it and tried to find the nearest train station. Upon getting off the train, I realize it turned into a fucking downpour. A little later once I’m drying up, I look at Twitter and all the Japanese people I was following were saying the same word I didn’t know.
I look it up and of course, it’s “typhoon”.
So I guess I was the dumbass foreigner running around from Book Off to Book Off at the start of a typhoon. It’s hard for me to dissociate Book Off from that experience. I wound up seeing a bunch of really neat looking areas of Tokyo this way, but I have no idea how to get back to them anymore.