Let’s have a cuppa in……..hair salon!

I aint’ joking! You really can have a cuppa in the hair salons in Japan.

Below is the one I got last week when I was in a hair salon. Yes, the hair dresser gave it to me when she learned that I like coffee. So, it’s free! Actually, they will serve you any kind of drink you like as long as they have it, say, green tea, soft drinks etc. What a good service! Starbucks has one more competitor now 🙂

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Battery adaptor

This is probably the most cited reason for why Japan has been able to attract so many tourists each year– you will bump into a product that you have never seen in your life.

This is one of them that caught my attention last week at Trial – a supermarket chain in Japan – battery adaptors.

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What are they for?

I think everyone has experienced this  some time in their life: You need 2AA batteries for your electronic gadget, say, your digital camera, but you have only got the AAA ones, or you need A batteries yet you have only got smaller ones – AA batteries. It is this moment when these adaptors come into use. You simply put your AAA batteries into the adaptors and you can use them as if they were AA size ones. Wonderful isn’t it? You can do the same for AA batteries. Just fit them into the adaptors and use them as size A batteries.

Fit your smaller sized battery into the bigger sized one. As below:

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Now, you can use them as if it were one size bigger. Fascinating isn’t it?Image

It also means that you don’t have to stock all the batteries of different sizes at home, It’s especially important if you don’t use your batteries frequently. Batteries will lose their power as time passes.

I’ve got some new friends!

Mary:

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Tiffany:

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Felicity:

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Susan:

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Wait! Have you sensed something wrong? What’s wrong? Actually I barely know them, they are just the dummies I saw in the clothing department of a second hand shop 2 weeks ago. Funny isn’t it?

I guess they wanna give their customers an impression that they aren’t alone while they are doing their shopping, especially on weekdays in which customers are scarce.

Festivals 祭り

If you are planning to come to Japan in summer, you may bump into a festival one day on the street. Different kinds of summer festivals have been going in different parts of Japan. I came across with one in my town 2 weeks ago and another  one yesterday in Utsunomiya.

It was so crowded!

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Wanna try your luck? Here is another way out except for lottery – Goldfish scooping!

One round for 300yen. They will give you 2 fish as souvenirs even if you can’t catch any in the end.Image

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Fireworks festival in my town 2 weeks ago:

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I was given a watermelon!

Summer has arrived. I have been teaching summer classes run by the government in my prefecture. In one of the classes, a student gave me a watermelon after the lesson! A watermelon probably doesn’t mean much if it happens in any other country, except for Japan. Unlike other countries, fruits are luxuries in Japan. This medium sized watermelon surely costs you at least $15 (or 1500yen).

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1 minute later:

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吉祥寺 Kichijoji、西荻窪Nishi-Ogikubo-雑貨zakka continued

We talked about zakka last month. While this time, the topic is still the same – 雑貨zakka, yet we change the location from 自由が丘 Jiyugaoka to吉祥寺Kichijoji and 西荻窪 Nishi-Ogikubo. Hope you like the photos I took last week in these two places.

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Once you get out from the JR station, we will see these shopping arcades. One of them is called SunRoad.

SunRoad south entrance:
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What a big floor plan (of SunRoad) hanging up on the wall!Sunroad signpost2

 

After asking the staff at the tourist counter, I was told that there are two streets on which zakka are most concentrated. One is Nakamichi Dori,中道通り one is NishiibashiDori 七井橋通り.ImageImage

 

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Some of my girlfriends told me they wanted to find a studio to take some Kimono 着物 (traditional Japanese clothing, as below) photos. Here is one you can try. Just 4725yen, including someone helping you wear your Kimono and setting your hair! If you go with your darling, it costs only 6300yen for two people. What a bargin!Image

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Loads of people take their cats and dogs for a stroll.dog

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Luck draw in front of a department store:Lucky draw

BookOff – the largest second hand book chain in Japan. http://www.bookoff.co.jp

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Seiyu 西友 department store. It’s an old one so it’s not as well lit and clean as other department stores. You may skip it if time doesn’t allow.

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Freebies are everywhere in the street these days in Japan. This time, soul has become free too!Soul Free Mart

Tokyu Department Store 東急 www.tokyu-dept.co.jp/:Tokyu Department Store

Yodobashi ヨドバシ – the biggest electric chain in Japan http://www.yodobashi.co.jpYodobashi

Bumped into a boxing school while I was walking from Kichijoji吉祥寺 to NishiOgikubo西荻窪. The first time in my life to see such a school on ground level! Amazed!Boxing school

 

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A pool for children to play with water and it’s free~!Image

Don’t be mistaken. Kinokuniya 紀伊国屋is not confined to bookstores本屋. This Kinokuniya紀伊国屋 is actually a supermarket.Image

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