The World’s Most Expensive Wellies and a Failure in Flexibility: Saturday 4th June

Today I set off to Shinjuku, in search of a shop that I knew sold wellies that would actually fit me, and which I need so as to avoid trench foot over the coming rainy season. Incredibly I actually managed to find the shop, tucked away somewhere in that sprawling urban cesspit, although when I got there I was in for a shock: the boots that I wanted came in at a cool ¥16000 (£122)! Rather unsurprisingly I have decided take my chances with the trench foot.

Spotted in Shinjuku: this very romantic sounding teashop.

If there is one thing that supersedes my inability to comprehend Japanese it is my flexibility. So of course when Rie invited me to a Japanese yoga lesson I jumped at the chance.  Aside from the fact that I understood less than 1 word in every 20, and that I have hamstrings that are tighter than the purse strings of a Yorkshire man, it was actually a very enjoyable experience. The Sensei was also incredibly forgiving and helpful, although I don’t think that she could quite understand why I could only just reach my upper calf at full stretch, whilst the rest of the ‘beginner’ class had their heads between their toes. Still, by the end of the class I was feeing pretty relaxed, and…. I’m sorry but ¥16000 for some wellington boots!


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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