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Sunday, May 20, 2007

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


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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