I often hear the question in my classes about how I feel about how expensive Japan is. Well, ya, Japan has it's expensive points- a lot of food and materials need to be imported to Japan with no native natural resources readily available. And in a city like Tokyo, shops and landlords can get away with charging a premium because the customer base (and love for shopping there) is very strong.
But now that I have lived here for a bit of time- there are some tips that you can bear in mind to maybe help you get through the first month or so here.
1. Buy food late. This could apply anywhere I guess, but I never thought of it before living here. If you are the kind of person that likes to buy ready-made dinners- you have lots of options out there. If you want the better prices- go to Supermarkets rather than convenience stores. And go on your shopping runs an hour or so before closing (closing time here is early- basically 8PM- 10PM) when the discount stickers are out... usually from 10- 50 percent off. Ex. 3割引- would be 30 percent off.Big savings to be had. Also some meats in the not-prepared area can be discounted later in the day.
2. GyuDon. Gyu don. Beef Donburi. It's beef, it's rice and it's onions. At 2 big chains in Japan it's also cheap. At Yoshinoya and Sukiya there has been a price battle and it hovers somewhere around the 280 yen mark- about 3 bucks. Cheap and should be enough food to get you buy.
I will try to report back with more saving money in Japan ideas in future posts.....
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
And of course Mona is walking more and more these days!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
As I mentioned last year in the trip for Scotty's big day, I only had my cheap camera, so I had to dig into Scotty's pictures from the event. It was a definitely memorable party so I am going to go a bit over my new imposed limit of pictures posted.
I ran downstairs to my PC and fired up Skype where they pretended to call me up in Japan. After about a minute I excused myself and popped out to surprise Colin.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
You can see the shock from Yurika as she discovers that he is indeed not 30 years old like she thought. Actually I think the reaction had something to do with a picture featuring Hillary Duff and Mike Comrie- can't remember specifics. Anyway-- needless to say the party was epic.
As we recovered Sean Taylor and I charmed everyone with our sharp humour, which I realized is very similar. Next time I will dig up some pictures of the party.