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Latest documentary "Oyster Factory" has been officially invited to Locarno International Film Festival 2015! 最新作『牡蠣工場』がロカルノ国際映画祭へ正式招待されました!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Jet-lag, coffee, and soba 時差ボケとコーヒーとそば

 『選挙』日本公開キャンペーンのため、昨日東京に着いた。夕べは時差ボケで8時半くらいに寝ちゃった。でも夜中は何度も起きたり寝たりを繰り返し、今朝は5時半にパッチリ目が覚めた。
 コーヒーが無性に飲みたくなり、ホテルの下の喫茶店に行くが閉まっている。近くのスターバックスへ行ってみたが、ここも7時から。なぬ?!東京の朝は思ったより遅い。こうなると何としてでもコーヒーが飲みたくなる。いろいろさまよい歩いているうちに、気がついたら渋谷駅前。目の前に富士そばがあった。途端に腹が鳴った。朝から富士そばか?と一瞬迷うが、ええい、食っちまえと入る。脳卒中になりそうな味の濃いいワカメそばと乾涸びたホウレン草のおひたしをガツガツ食いながら、俺、コーヒー飲みに来たんじゃなかったっけ、とか思って一人でニヤニヤする。
 ホテルへ帰ると、なんとそのとなりに24時間営業のジョナサンがあるではないか!気づかんかった…。ジョナサンの看板をみるやいなや、またもやコーヒーの虫が騒ぎだし、くっそーと舌打ちしつつ、コーヒーだけでもいいですか?とわざわざ店員さんに聞いてから着席した。なのに、また腹が減ってきた。そうか、NYは今頃夕飯時なんだよな〜、腹が減ってもしゃーないな。結局、トーストを頼んで食っちゃった。ああ、朝から何やってんのかね、俺(笑)。

I arrived in Tokyo last night to promote the theatrical release of CAMPAIGN here. Because of Jet-lag, I fell asleep around 8:30 PM last night, and after repeating waking up and falling asleep for countless times, I officially woke up at 5:30 this morning.

I woke up, and wanted a cup of coffee so badly. But the cafe downstairs of the hotel is still closed. I went to a Starbucks nearby only to find out that it wouldn't start until 7. Tokyo does not start up too early! I wondered around the streets of Tokyo in search of a nice cup of coffee, and found myself standing in front of a Fuji Soba restaurant near the Shibuya station. Fuji Soba is a Japanese version of Mac Donald's - a quick, cheap, fast hood franchised restaurant - the only difference is that they serve soba noodles instead of burgers. All of a sudden, I was hungry. I thought it was pathetic, but I entered the store and ate a bowl of very salty seaweed soba and a plate of spinach that seemed to have been boiled 2 hours ago. I don't know how I ended up like this - I thought I wanted to have a cup of coffee!

Returning to the hotel, I found a 24 HR open restaurant called Jonathan's right next to the hotel. I didn't know it was there... The moment I saw Jonathan's, the desire to have coffee became unstoppable. I felt pathetic (again), but I entered the restaurant asking the waiter if I can only have a cup of coffee. But then, I felt hungry again. It's dinner time in NY, after all. It's only natural that I am hungry. I ordered a toast, and ate it. I don't know how I ended up like this (again), but this is the way started my first morning in Tokyo.

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