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.
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…
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!