Archive for September, 2007
One of the great things about living in or visiting a foreign country is that you get to try all sorts of foods that you’ve never tasted before. Sometimes a new flavor will become one of your favorites (miso soup!). Other times you’d rather avoid tasting the new food again if you can [...]
I love cheese. I’d eat it everyday if I could. Back home, cheese was something I ate often. Not only did I eat it often, but the local grocery stores had a huge selection of different cheeses for me to devour. When I came to Japan, I found the situation to [...]
Well, it’s been about a week without an update! But there’s good reason. My wife and I had our firstborn a little more than a week ago (September 8th). For those who don’t know, in Japan it’s the custom to keep baby and mommy in the hospital for a week or more after the birth, [...]
Ahhh..the soap dish.
Most people here in Japan live reasonably close to a grocery store, but it isn’t always the same story for a 100-yen shop. Going out of your way to get to the 100-yen shop isn’t such a big deal if you have a big shopping list, but what if you just need [...]
Here’s a tip that was sitting right in front of my face for months before I figured it out: buy refills.
Most cleaning products in Japan are sold in two styles: normal and refill. Not surprisingly, the refill is usually cheaper. A normal bottle of Joy dish soap, pictured at far left costs me [...]
It happens to the best of us. We come home from a long day of work and we’re hungry.
Rice takes time to cook, so we start there. We measure out a cup or two of rice, lift the lid of our rice cooker, and see this:
Oh no! That’s the rice I made [...]
So here I am: a foreigner in Japan. What do I do now?
When I first came to Japan in 2002, I was overwhelmed with curiosity. Every little thing I saw here would raise a W-question. What does that sign say? Why are all the cars so small? Why do they [...]