Today Michelle tested the difficulty of the Japanese train and subway system. She went to the nearest Muji store near the Gaienmae station to get some missing kitchen utilities. After that she went back and waited for Dennis at Starbucks while enjoying a newly discovered beverage called Caramel Delight.
Meanwhile, Dennis had to go to a medical center for his health check up. Funny to see how that is done in Japan. Many companies require an annual checkup from their employees to help to keep them healthy. Dennis had the 'short' version of it, because the annual one is normally in spring, which he will likely have to take too. The short one consisted of blood and urine samples, height, weight and waist measurements, chest X-ray, electrocardiogram, blood pressure test, visual acuity and an audio test. Some results were given directly and were ok, while others will take a few weeks for the result. The difference with Holland is that each of the patients were wearing the exact same 'hospital' clothing, but of course that didn't apply to Dennis, which everyone found a bit strange. The patients were sitting in the middle while around them were a lot of small rooms, one for each test. Of course the nurses had to tell me every time what I had to do, entirely in Japanese. The visual test was completely different from Holland too. You have to look through some binocular-like thing where you see a circle with an opening on one side and with a joystick you had to indicate on which side you thought the opening was. Dennis had to do this with and without glasses and for far and near sight.
In the evening Dennis and Michelle were going to buy a mobile phone with unlimited internet so that Michelle could roam the streets of Tokyo without fear of getting lost. And of course receiving email and such on her adventures. When Dennis arrived they went to a nearby shop to take a "plan", which is Japanese for a mobile phone subscription. Luckily one of the sellers was speaking English very well. We noticed again that when a Japanese person speaks English very well, you have a high chance he has been to a foreign country for some time. That was also the case here; he had been to Canada a long time ago.
We had dinner at a tapas-like restaurant where every item was low-priced, but surprisingly the portions weren't that small. We tried out some stuff, some we liked, some not so much. And apparently they make some extra money by charging you for sitting down and by always giving you a small dish at the beginning, even if you don't order it. Anyhow, the food was nice and seemed healthy too.