Welcome to this week's newsletter where I dive into the fun bits of a mellow and daily life near Shinjuku. Below is a map to help orient yourself within Japan and where I am within it all.
Where I Live
I live near the Tokyo Opera City on the bottom left in a place called "Hatsudai" (pronounced hat-su-die). I guess someone died after being sued over a hat ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Haha, bad jokes aside, I walk around this area each morning at a bright and early 5:45 am!
This is in large part due to the fact that the sun is streaming through my window at 5:30 am. As a result, I'm usually in bed by 9:30/10 pm.
Also, as a result, I am able to attend morning stretches. What are those you ask? Well, the park mentioned above (Shinjuku Chuo Park) does morning stretches for anyone and everyone.
The average age is probably 60 for the attendees. Without me, more like 75.
I also spend a lot of time here studying my Japanese. I'm hoping to get way more skilled quickly so I can either get a part time job or work here eventually. I like to study here and enjoy the small escape it provides.
At night, the place also looks fun as their "Niagra Falls" turns into a colorful waterfall.
Hopefully this is a fun glimpse into my morning lifestyle and park designs. Next week I'll highlight a few of the events that have been happening around that I've been going to!
Do you wish you could partake in morning stretches? What time is a "normal" time to wake up? Let me know haha! And as always,
Thanks for Reading!