Tales of Japan: Collectable Sushi

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Our first weekend in Japan, we took to the car and headed south to the surf town of Shishikui. We stopped briefly to grab a drink and a nibbly at a convenience store, where I spied these boxes of collectables in the same aisle as the candy and chips.

Toy Sushi
For 100 yen, a box from the Sushi Strap Collection can be selected, whose contents remain unknown till you open it up.

I got this cute piece of hamachi, which followed us through-out Japan attached to our keitai.

This first excursion into a convenience store also happened to be where we picked up the ominous Bacon Caesar Salad Pringles
shudder.

It was also a first for someone gawking at me in all my gaijin-ness. A man wearing a Britney Spears t-shirt gave me a speechless jaw dropped look when he spotted me in the store… and heavens I don’t resemble the pop star at all! But it did seem like he was going to start chasing after me any second…
Maybe he was wondering if I could pass on a fan note to Britney. :)

Taking in all the drink types in the coolers, it was also noted that one can purchase plastic cups filled with ice (because there is no soda fountain self-serve culture). I tend to believe that most sodas and juice taste better over ice, so these ice cups with a box of grapefruit juice quickly became a favorite way to beat the Japanese heat. Mmmm… I can practically taste the grapefruit juice as I think of it!


3 Comments

posted October 17th, 2006 at 12:41 am

Visitng Japan is such

posted October 17th, 2006 at 11:46 pm

After reading this I want go to Japain as well!LOL

posted January 3rd, 2007 at 7:16 am

i lived in japan for 2 years. my first year i home-stayed in a small town of about 3,000 people (mostly farming) in fukushima-ken, soma-gun called kashima-machi. my first week there, i was walking to the train station from my shuuji (calligraphy) lesson when three kids on bikes stopped dead in their tracks, pointed, and shouted, “amerika-jin!” … well, they were my welcoming party, i suppose. (i was the only american in town.) after 2 years, i got used to the stares of old people on trains and the silly flirtatious giggles of high school kids on trains.

japan is a very interesting place, but i loved it. i’d go back any time. thanks for reminding me of all the interesting … culture. (^_^)

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