Today I had to pay a visit to the doctors, more to put my mind at ease than for anything serious. After being recommended an English-speaking doctor (as I had neither diarrhoea, nor was I in a vegetative state, I had no relevant Japanese at my disposal) in Shimokitazawa, I headed down there, filled in a form and took a seat in the waiting room. When I was eventually called in to see the doctor, the nurse said that she needed to take my temperature and passed me a thermometer. I was just about to pop it into my mouth when she explained that it needed to go under my armpit, thereby saving me from a rather unhygienic and embarrassing incident. It turned out (as expected) that everything was fine, and with my National Health Insurance the consultation only came to ¥810 (~£7), which was considerably cheaper than I had been expecting.
Having finally decided that I needed to invest in a floor-chair that actually had something resembling back support, I scoured Craig’s list and found a suitable culprit, less than an hour from my house and priced at only ¥500. When I rang the chap who was selling it for directions, we had the usual chat about transport: he insisted that I would need it, I maintained that the Tokyo transport system was sufficient. Unfortunately for me he lived a good 20 minutes from the nearest train station, meaning that by the time I finally got back to my apartment I was forced into making the use of my newfound back support, conveniently ignoring the fact that it barely fit under my kotastu.