Sunday a quake struck the Tokyo area, but it was only a baby 5.0. Looking round my local shops today there is still no water available. A new change is that now there is also not even Coca-Cola which had been in supply up until last Friday. I ventured out to Omote-Sando yesterday and was heartened and impressed at the energy conservation efforts. The escalators are off. Over half of the lighting is also off everywhere. The passageways, the train stations, the restaurants, and even the shops are dimmed. No more flashing signs. For now, neon Tokyo is in indefinite hibernation.
Also yesterday, in what the government says will pose no major health risk:
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Monday began releasing 10,000 tons of low-level radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant into the Pacific Ocean on Monday evening to help accelerate the process of bringing the crippled complex under control.
[From Tepco dumps toxic water into sea | The Japan Times Online]
I went to the gym today and was surprised at the scale. My highest some years ago in the US was about 75kg and since then I’ve been constantly saying my goal was to get to 60. Well, as of this afternoon I’m 59.13kg! That apparently puts me at 20.4 on that BMI thing. The fat’s still there so it must be bone and muscle loss. 8(. As a side note for some strange reason every time I go there I get home and notice several ~3 inch long red scarish things on the top of my shoulders right where a shirt seam is (they do go away after a day or so). I’ve tried different shirts and none of them are abrasive in any way yet it happens all the time. I can’t figure it out.
Anyway to try and replace the fat with the muscle and stay at 60ish kg I’m now testing alternatives to coke. It goes suchly:
Coke: Simply perfect. Actually refreshing and uplifting as it says on the bottle. The taste swings incredibly widely from country to country, but Japan has done this one to my taste.
Pepsi Nex: It’s not disgusting. Just dry and not particularly refreshing. It has this very very weird aftertaste like they dumped some of that fake lemon juice in the little plastic thing shaped like a lemon into it.
Coke Zero: This is the last hope. Well, it’s a fairly good rendition of coke (in fact it tastes like coke does in some countries). The obvious lack of sweetness takes away from the refreshing and upliftingness of it, but I guess this will have to do.
Actually I usually drink Mitsuya Cider (the apple kind is pretty brilliant) or CC Lemon but those are probably as bad as Coke despite the CC promise of 250 lemons of vitamin C in every bottle. Sigh.
I suppose I should drink water only, but … urgh. There is Vitamin Water and now Protein Water.
One other thing that’s weighty is US TV lately. From 24 to CSI Miami to NCIS to Bones to … this was the shocker … Num3ers. You get to the end of that episode expecting the ever present laughter or luvey ending and drift off only to be startled by a loud crack and something unthinkable. I hope this is ratings season or something and they are not going to have cliff hangers until next year bull. By then I just won’t care. Another … Sigh? Well, at least I do care about the new season of QI “G” they started filming this week. Stephen Fry mentioned that they have an ultra exciting guest on (I’m a faithful follower on twitter).