On Jet Lag and Becoming Familiar with a City

Despite sleep deprivation, late bed times and early starts, Jet Lag managed to dupe us all by auto-waking us in the dark hours of the morning. Like zombies rising from the earth, we all pushed through the fog of sleep at varying hours: 5 a.m., 6, 6:30. We watched the sun rise as we rolled around in bed, scoffing at our brains for not retaining the memo that, hello, we’ve trekked beyond the International Date Line.

Jet Lag. It gets you every time.

So with a begrudging skip to our steps, we made our way down to Shinagawa Station to pick up our Rail Passes for the week and do some humble shopping.

*Do you remember that scene from The Lion King where that herd of wildebeasts pummels through the plains and canyons until they trample Mufasa to death? Well, that’s the image that plays through my mind as I navigate the train stations here. Everyone moves in this compact formation that, without dedication and a certain amount of finesse, would be completely impenetrable without the risk of becoming a King of the Past.

Regardless, we still played a bit of frogger and survived the few hours we had to meander around the train station. Then we ate some stellar food.

In keeping up with the “fashion blog” aspect of Amalgamode, I’ll throw in today’s outfit. Like everyone else these days, I’m in absolute lust over Oxblood everything and these jeans have fit with just about any top I throw at it. The sweater is another die-for piece by Mossimo (I had no idea they survived the 90s), which complements the enviable cool fall mornings here.

Next up, we made the first of our Sponsor Visits at the Shisedo headquarters on the outskirts of Ginza. We got to put into practice the things we’ve been trained to do, from introducing ourselves in Japanese to bowing. The following photo is of the court and our advisor in the Shisedo Lobby.

(Ps. I know it looks suggestive, but I’m actually pretending to put on lipstick).

Once our meeting was over, we walked to Ginza (a name that reminds me of Final Fantasy) and did some shopping, following which, we had an amazing Japanese dinner.

All-in-all, a wonderful, spectacular day 2. Good night!



*Spoiler Alert.