Tonight, my Australian friends and I went out to have fugu (blowfish), which is supposedly very poisonous. I guess we were a bit tentative at first after seeing the reviews and the hype, but in the end we enjoyed it very much, and hadn't felt so much as our own buzz of anticipation. Admittedly, I had hoped for more of an effect, like the tingle on the lips or feeling high from the dash of poison. Though frankly, my brief light-headed sensation had likely come from the heat of the small room than the contents of the fish, as we were sitting around the stove. Granted, we did go to a chain branch called 'Torafugu', which is like McDonald's in the fugu cuisine industry (though hardly as cheap), and suspected that the meat wasn't the highest of quality and probably stripped of its poison.
Christ, I really gotta start looking into booking my driving license test before I head back. And start sending those CVs out. As much as I enjoy it here, and the company I had made in the tattoo industry, I've yet to be convinced that Japan will be my final stop in where I'd want to settle for a full time career. I believe I gave off enough sentiment before that I miss the West, and I miss the liberalness and historical side of London. Japan has it's unique flare in the under workings of society, but it's still far too restrictive for casual thrills out and about. The drug laws are also very problematic on top of that, whereas they are slowly starting to legalize cannabis in parts of the States.
Yeah, Japan is far from my first choice to live. There are places I still want to explore around Europe, and Asia. Hong Kong is starting to look like a close second as I already have a citizenship, not to mention one of the most famous tattoo studios, Tattoo Temple, is located there. Still though, a bit far behind on the liberal aspect - and I don't quite fancy getting stared at and stopped all the time by the cops just because of my sleeve ink. Recent protests in Hong Kong had been inspirational though! I admire what they're doing, and hope soon that other conservative Asian countries start to follow their lead.
On a side note, here is a dazzling photo of the new Bruce Lee shirt Abigail got me for my birthday.
What a sweet heart, eh.