My character Abigail is returning on season five of Girls, and this time she's in Japan. I'd never been anywhere like Tokyo, so I photographed and carefully logged each snack, animated animal, and SNACK to share with you.
August 1, 6:12 p.m.:
Seated and ready for my 14-hour flight, a little sparkling wine in my hand and the most beautiful flight attendants I've ever seen. Sorry to be a horny businessman, but I'm staring! Legit gorgeous women in the cutest floral outfits. They have little slippers for us to wear during the flight. This trip is already a hit.
I have unbuttoned my pants. We have yet to take off. What if I keep up this diary so thoroughly that I record every 15 minutes?
Woof. Six hours left on the flight. But it's not bad, each passenger has their own solo chilling pod where you can sleep, eat, and discreetly unhook your bra for a long nap. I love my pod. It is my home now. Listening to podcasts in a pod.
I'm already abandoning doing times on this travel diary. I'm not diligent enough. But!
We made it! Almost 7,000 miles. I eat three green-tea Kit Kats in the car to the hotel.
Whoa! Sleep felt goddamn great.
The hotel has a heated toilet seat with various butt-spraying options. Hopefully at some point I'll develop enough courage to wash my butt with this Japanese toilet, but for now I'll stick to the methods I'm most comfortable with.
I have a big, amazing breakfast with Zosia (a.k.a. Shoshanna on Girls ) that includes ricotta toast with grapefruit jam. I guess in Japan I also eat mushrooms or a straight-up salami-and-cheese sandwich for breakfast.
I have watched three Japanese children's shows. I love them. One is a green pepper with a face singing a mournful song as it is placed on a plate of brown beef. I have no idea what is being said, and I could never even guess based on the visuals.
Ate dinner at a place where they cooked asparagus on skewers over a wooden fire in the middle of the restaurant. Yum.
Just FaceTimed with my boyfriend and dog, and I'm riding high. The time difference is very legit, a full 13 hours, so he's going to bed and I'm just getting up. Today is my first shooting day, and we are going to Takeshita Street in Harajuku. I plan to return as Gwen Stefani. Love, angel, music, baby!
A few hours later and wow, just finding out about Gwen and Gavin's separation. I don't know them, but I feel very sad. But I feel grateful I spent the day in Harajuku to honor them.
Side note! Damn, it's hot! Turns out 90 percent humidity actually feels like being in a hot stinky mouth! Upside, Lena and Jenni (Lenny!) are here now!
Today, we're shooting at a super sento. I'm simplifying here, but it's a bunch of hot pools for naked people. It's nice. It's fun to be on a set where no one is allowed to wear shoes. People seem less intimidating when you can see their socks or, even better, their NAKED FEET!
We also got one of those fish pedicures where a bunch of minnows chow down on your dead foot skin. It was as disgusting as it seems!
Tonight I have my least-Japanese dinner, a side of French fries and some club soda. Sometimes after a long day of hot tubs, you just need to eat trash in disgusting sweatpants.