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Day 3 in Japan 

Already I want to move back to Japan. I’d have no idea what I would do for a living, but the desire is still in me.

It’s Sunday, so more family time.  I enjoy family time.  The simple daily things in Japanese life are my kind of fun.

I’ve been told we are going to head to Ibaraki to go shopping and at an outlet mall.  We’re driving.  Driving in Japan is expensive, $20 round trip on the tollway for one hour of driving each way.  The nice thing is that there are these amazing rest stops along the way.  It’s not like the USA where most rest stops are disgusting, semi-scary places I want to get away from as fast as possible.  The Japanese restop consists of many different eateries, very clean, functioning restrooms, and even a very, very nice convenience store.  People will actually stop and spend some time here instead of the USA hit and go approach.  The other fund thing about traveling by car is seeing all the different styles of cars and how people decorate their cars.  In the USA people like a uniform color car, black, grey/silver, and white.  In Japan folks seem to enjoy being a little different.

fluorescent yellow toyota minivan  They like choice and more customization and are willing to pay for it.

I will not spend a lot of time on the outlet mall.  It was basically like most outlet malls in the USA.  Even many of the same stores.  The only difference is that the level of serviced in Japan is significantly better.  It seems no matter your status in life in Japan, you take pride in what you do for a living.  Plus there are affordable vending machines everywhere selling tea, not Coca-cola.

On the way home we stopped at a grocery store.  Going to grocery stores is one of my favorite pastimes in Japan.  The first thing that most Americans would find surprising is that this was a 7/Eleven holding company.  Yes the same 7/Eleven convenience store in America.  In Japan 7/eleven can be many different things: convenience store, grocery, department store, bank, and more.  This particular one was only a very large grocery in Kashiwa, Chiba.  The level of selection is amazing.  I have fun trying new things, learning how they shop, and trying new things.  Generally the food choices in Japan are significantly healthier than the USA, so I find this very, very helpful.   The last things were the Japanese recycling machines.  Getting paid to recycle.  I added a little video to check them out.  It’s shown to work in Japan and the USA.  I wonder why more communities do not do it.

 

The day is capped of with dinner, thank the lord I am living with 4 chefs.  We will usually chase the dinner with a little new nihonshu or beer.  Once again the selection of both is extraordinary.  Another great day in Japan.

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