Hanyu. It is fairly nearby, about 30 minutes by train, but I hadn't been there before. Nothing's more fun that checking out a new city. We strolled around on foot for a while, eventually ending up at the Aeon Mall in Hanyu. The same brand of mall exists in Sano and Ota, but this one was a huge version of the malls I'm used to seeing. We were there the rest of the day and probably saw only half of it.
After a week or two of making calls and taking tours, I finally took the plunge and joined the Gold's Gym in Ashikaga, as did Zishan. It was constructed during my time here, which makes it squeaky clean and nice inside. Another gym that I was considering informed me that because I was a foreigner, that I needed to know someone who was already a member at the gym who would vouch for me. Wow, I'll vouch for the fact that they can bite me. I signed up for an extra little boxing club plan, only to discover that all the boxing gloves offered were too small for my hands. Now I get to make a trip to the big sports mart and hope I can find something. Its hard having cannon balls for fists, ya know? Heh.