About two months ago I finally made a trip to Brass <Japanese>. First found out about them some time ago from A Continuous Lean. Turns out you can’t just walk in and get some shoes made. When I went in, they gave me an appointment (for today) to come in, try on some shoes and choose my options. Everything from shoe style to thread color to heel are options and it takes/took about 30 minutes to choose. At the end of the session, I made a downpayment and left being told that my shoes would be ready in 6 to 12 months. Hope it’s worth it.
The only time my phone is allowed to ask for my attention is for phone calls, SMS, or FaceTime (all rare occurrences). I initiate every other interaction—Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, the web. My phone is a tool that I control, not the other way around.
Easy enough for me since my main phone is ガラケー and my smartphone isn’t connected to any phone carrier and is therefore a glorified IPod. Still, I turned off automatic email checking on the laptop, which I have with me on weekdays, a few years ago and only use Twitter to occasionally check out Dan-O’s Singaporean food pics.
Totally forgot that today is 春分の日, the first day of spring and, as such, most of the stores in my neighborhood are closed. Thankfully Misa’s mom mentioned it when they were on the phone. Saved me a 20+ minute walk to Aburaya. This changes the weekend a lot because many of the stores closed today have their regular 定休日 as Sunday. It’ll be a weekend spent going to alternative stores like cocohana and felice.