A few things I’ve been noticing in Japan:
1. The quality of the produce & dairy products is great.
The egg yolks are a vibrant orange & taste wonderful scrambled, the milk, despite being ~8% fat (the norm in Japan), is flavorful and almost hearty.
The carrots are HUGE.
Like in the U.S., the fresh food is more expensive. Eggs are about $2 for a dozen, but are sold in packs as small as four. I can’t recall the price of milk, but it’s nothing extraordinary. The carrots were 168 ¥ and the tomatoes were about the same.
So far, the only outrageously priced things I’ve seen have been Old El Paso taco shells for $5 at the international food store and potatoes at the supermarket closest to us cost $2 for a three-piece bag.
That’s not to say that they don’t have some interesting flavors:
We’ve also had an Apple Oreo Cookie bar. It’s now our garbage air freshener.
2. Japanese fashion is awesome.
I’m not talking about Harajuku or Ganguro girls, either. Super-cute boots are hugely popular here. Lots of feminine items; cute, very short skirts; denim shorts; brightly colored tights; super-cute hair & headbands. I’ve also noticed many Japanese women wearing turtlenecks underneath their cute tops. The UNIQLO near our apartment has a wide selection of them, as did the UNIQLO we saw in Shibuya station.
3. Japan is obsessed with plastic.
It takes us a good half hour to unpack everything when we come home from shopping. Everything is packaged, then packaged again. I have yet to purchase anything yet that didn’t have plastic. Little containers of milk have plastic pull-tabs on the inside. Most vegetables come pre-wrapped. Post cards come in resealable plastic bags. …the plastic garbage bags come in a plastic bag. There’s even a separation of garbage down to the kinds of plastic: hard – bottles/things you can drink out of and soft – baggies, wrappings, basically the stuff everything is packed in.
Along with being packaged 4 slices to a sleeve, this bacon (which, btw, if you didn’t notice is a perfect rectangle) is connected by a long sticker that wraps all the way around (the third section is missing… that was yesterday’s breakfast.)
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