From Harajuku, we took a train to Shinjuku and walked to the bus station. Reza was returning to Kofu for some last-minute packing, also to bid farewell to his friends there before he returns to Malaysia for good. He’d booked his bus ticket the night before (they’ve got a mobile app for that). All he needed to do was pick it up at the bus station, which was located just across the street from West exit of Shinjuku Station.
Once he’d gotten his tickets, he led us to the Club Sega, which was a block away from the terminal, surrounded by Yodobashi Camera. This was the umpteenth time I’ve been dragged there. Since he helped my brother win an Evangelion figurine the other day, he had developed an itch to get one for himself (especially when he learned how much it’s worth!) The boys played with the claw crane once more, this time with the help of a Sega staff.
The place was almost empty, but there were men dressed in suits trying their luck with the machines. The boys were so, so into it, moving from one side to the other side of the glass to aim, that I thought I might as well be a good sport and cheer them on.
Slowly, I died inside, wondering why I was there… again T.T
A couple of tries, hundreds of yens and with the help for the ever accommodating Sega staff, they got it.
I doubt that the boys wanted the toys badly — Reza doesn’t even watch Evangelion! I’m assuming they’re in it for the thrill. Sometimes I wonder whether I’m avoiding the claw cranes because I’m risk averse, but I figured, maybe because I don’t see the point of acquiring things I don’t need (like a 12-inch figurine of a character from an anime I never knew existed).
Unless they put Prada key fobs inside the claw cranes. I’d gamble on that.
We walked back to the terminal after that. The place I first met Reza, when I reached Tokyo a few years ago and the place where we’ve waited for the bus to Kofu.
Though he was leaving Tokyo, he’d gotten what he’d wanted so badly, so Reza left Shinjuku a happy guy. Just see how he was smiling and waving at us -_-‘
Now that Reza had left us, my brother and I are left to roam Shinjuku. I was slightly nervous, because without a third party to neutralize things between argumentative siblings, things can get heated up.
If you want to have some fun in Shinjuku, here’s the direction to the Sega Center, from the exit at Keio Department Store.