free web tracker soliloquies: 07/01/2007 - 07/08/2007


so・lil・o・quy/- n. [C,U] a speech in a play in which a character talks to himself or herself, so that the audience know the character's thoughts.

Monday, July 02, 2007


I have missed my deadline once again...sorry about that. Being a junior in a Japanese university can be quite busy at this time of the year. This busyness should pay off...soon, I hope.

To refresh myself away from the "entry-sheet hell" I have been stuck for few weeks now, I went to a Monet Exhibition yesterday. The newly established National Art Center in Tokyo was architecturally fascinating, but there were just way too many people there. My girlfriend and I managed to get there 30 minutes ahead of its opening, but there already was a 10 minutes wait. In addition to that, the gallery was overcrowded, filled with people, people, people and it made me feel as if people were the main exhibit, not the paintings. Also, the heat and the humidity generated by this crowd gave me a concern about the environment of the gallery. It is critical to maintain the temperature and the humidity in order to properly keep these old paintings "in shape".

After the we went through the exhibition, we went to Tokyo Midtown, a new commercial complex that opened this year. By this time, the queue was over 80 minutes long. I cannot and probably never will not understand this nature that allows Japanese people to endure ridiculously long lines. It's just...unreasonable and inefficient way to use time.

Tokyo Midtown had an aura that felt a lot different from Roppongi Hills, a similar redevelopment complex which opened 4 years prior to it. We had Pho for lunch and headed to an internet cafe in the neighborhood for some time together.

It indeed was a bit weird date plan, but it was fun anyway. A day off from all the internship hunting should have gave me some positive recharge. Thanks a million for the plan.