Hot. (Happy.) Busy. (Not so happy.) Lazy post.
Photo 1: New Mitsuya Cider flavour! I'm not fully convinced that I like it, since it's very sour (酸っぱい suppai), but it's certainly refreshing. I wrote more about this soft drink in this post.
Photo 2: You know you're a nomad when you have an impressive collection of passports, full of weird visas. (This isn't the full collection.) When I was constantly on the road in the 1990s, I needed a new passport every year, because South Africans need a visa for just about every country. That's because we're violent criminals. The small booklet on the left is a South African identity document, which includes an ID number, your finger prints and all relevant licences (i.e. driver's, gun/s and marriage). It's highly recommended that you get your gun licence before you get married.
Sharp eyes might notice that the coat of arms has changed. That's because South Africa got a new coat of arms in 2000 to reflect the change of government (link).
Photo 3: Left, Japan in summer. Right, South Africa in summer. I know that's a relatively skimpy summer dress, but that's what I wore to office. Granted, I worked at a media company and was constantly gallivanting in hot African jungles and deserts, but that's not an unusual office outfit where I come from. This how you do it, Japan: this how you survive summer. You emphatically do NOT walk around in a jacket, pantihose, high heels, long black gloves, full make-up, loose hair. Wear a cool dress, and you don't need cryogenic office air con. Sigh.
PS: This dress reminded me yet again how rare it is to see a Japanese woman with bare shoulders or a bit of cleavage. Thighs = acceptable. Boobs = no.
Photo 4: Completely random dinosaur egg in Kappabashi.