Pizza = Luxury?
Boston = College town = College students = Late night munchies = PIZZA!
I decided to compare pizza prices and sizes here in Boston and in Japan...
The maximum size Domino's pizza offers in Japan is the XL size pizza which is 48cm (18 inches).
The regular pepperoni pizza (aka "The American Special" on their website) only offers an L size (36cm/14inches), and is...2,520 JPY (32 USD)!!!!
I also went to Domino's pizza website for delivery in Boston...A pepperoni pizza of 14 inches is only 13 USD + tip (994 JPY + tip)!
Other than that in Japan, there were L size pizzas (14 inches) that cost up to 4000 JPY (52 USD!!!!!!). But keep in mind that there are really.... various kinds of pizza..Some pizzas that you have probably never SEEN in your life!
Check it out for yourself -> Domino's Pizza Japan's MENU
As I kid I don't remember eating much pizza at all...I guess it was something luxurious! :D I would not pay that much to feed my kids when I can get much cheaper and better food outside in restaurants. :P
Using my US dollars and exchanging them to Japanese yen this summer while 1 dollar being equivalent to 75 yen average. Taking into account that a bottle of coke is 150 yen and a McDonalds meal is around 600 yen to 800 yen, I had to prepare myself to see my money fly away!
If you want to take out money from your BANK OF AMERICA account (I'm not sure for other accounts!), go to your nearby post office and use the ATM!
Convenience stores which are located anywhere in Japan also have ATMs. However for some reason, I could not withdraw cash from those.
Post offices are everywhere in Japan as well so don't you worry!
Japan is a paradise if you love PENS, PENCILS, ERASERS, GLUE, NOTEBOOKS...STATIONERY!!!(Stationery = Bun-bou-gu in Japanese)
There used to be thousands of bun-bou-gu shops in Yokohama. There used to be one on Motomachi street which has now disappeared. An old man owned the shop. Once you stepped into the shop you would smell the old wood. No AC in the summer of course. Just a fan in the corner of the tiny shop. You would hear it running very loudly - it must have been years old. When I was a little girl I used to go to these traditional shops to buy stationery. As I grew up, I started to go to large department stores such as Tokyu Hands and Loft.
In Boston, I can never find pens that are comfortable and smooth. In Japan, they have different kinds of pens made for different people with different writing habits. If you like fat pens, thin pens, multi coloured pens, stylish pens, classy pens, customizable pens...Any pen! I am sure you will find the pen just right for you here in Japan.
Pens I find in Boston are usually very cheap and boring. I also find that people I have met in Boston don't really care about how the pen looks on you when you write, what your handwriting looks like when you write with a specific pen, what colours you use to take notes. Most Japanese students (especially girls) do care about such things!
There were 3 additional stalls similar to the photographs located in the stationery section.
The price of a regular consumer grade pen can start from 100 YEN to about 10,000 YEN in this store. They are all worth investing in!
(HER ●) @ Don Quijote (aka DONKI, a discount chain store where you can find anything) in Yokohama, I found half of the 2nd floor full of FAKE EYELASHES. Lovely!
I have been wearing fake eyelashes since 6th grade. I used to have trouble finding the best ones since there weren't many companies making them, but now I see very high competition! Through my 9-10 years of experience with fake lashes I have learnt that the key to beautiful looking fake eyelashes is the GLUE.
Japanese fake lashes have a thick base (where the fake hair starts) so it tends to take time for the lashes to get flexible so that it fits the shape of your eye (I think Japanese lashes have a thick base just for better quality. I used to be able to use a pair of Japanese lashes for 6 months). Thick bases are good for quality, but sometimes the lashes get too heavy, or the base starts hurting your eyelid. The lashes I've bought in the US tend to have a thinner base making it flexible and easier for use, but of course they don't last long as long.
Fake eyelashes are extremely popular now in Japan from various age groups (even 50+ year olds!) due to the great variety and types they sell. They are also easily accessible since even pharmacies and convenience stores sell them!
The cheapest fake eye lashes you can find is probably at Donki, where 1 pair is only 99 YEN (1USD). They also have packs of several lashes for a great price too!
(HER ●) We decided to go to Zushi beach. A beach very close to Kamakura Yuigahama beach! ...Not just a normal trip though....An ultra budget trip. As you can see we have a new category now, "Japan With a Budget".
Train to Zushi station from Yokohama station and back : 660 YEN each
Drinks and snacks at the pharmacy/supermarket in the picture below: 450 YEN for the both of us (1 canned drink, 1 two liter bottle of Pocari Sweat, icecream and 1 bag of cheese snacks.)
Only 885 YEN each!
Zushi beach turned out to be a nicer beach compared to the one in Kamakura. Nicer sand and nicer water. The area near the beach had very interesting cafes, restaurants, and beautiful traditional Japanese shops.
The reason why we decided to go to Zushi instead of Kamakura is because Zushi beach was known to be calm and quiet a couple of years ago. Today, the whole beach has transformed to a party scene.
Music was playing loud at every beach house, people were shouting and screaming and people my age were partying like crazy.
What happened to the old Zushi beach?! I guess I have to go all the way to Okinawa to have that relaxing and soothing time at the beach!
Okinawa Beach below.