- Most grocery stores open at 10am. Elementary schools start around 8:30am and Yochiens start around 9am. Why make the stay-at-home moms wait? Not cool.
- Our 7-Eleven sometimes sells fruit cheaper than the grocery stores...and they open at 7am. :)
- Amazon deliveries usually arrive the next day WITHOUT Amazon Prime. If you have Amazon Prime, there is a good chance you can get your item the same day.
- The Japanese don't use online shopping, pretty much except Amazon. It's totally foreign to them. (even stores like The Gap, etc.)
- Yochien and Elementary schools make "Home Visits" in lieu of parent-teacher conferences. (See previous post)
- Hotels charge per person, not per room. Makes it a lot harder to travel as a family. And they only have wired internet. If you're lucky, it's free.
- Hotel beds are HARD, especially at Japanese hotels. So far the Sheraton has the only bed that hasn't killed my back.
- Sushi is cheaper and better in Japan. (or so I've been told)
- For such a hot and humid place (at least in the summertime), their deodorant choices are very slim. A lot of people don't even wear it. Kurt said it's because they don't eat a lot of beef, and beef is what makes you smell...
- All medicines and pharmacy type items have to be purchased at a drug store or at a special register.
- Streets in the Tokyo area are very narrow. Another reason why I won't be driving here.
- Most restaurants only sell one type of food. There might be a curry shop, sushi shop, ramen shop, katsu shop, etc. Very rarely do you find a restaurant with all of the options in one place, like in the US.
- There are a lot of restaurants that are WAY cheaper to eat at for lunch than McDonalds with a lot healthier options. Everyone seems to eat lunch out. I ate lunch out with Kurt the other day for $5- rice bowl with meat, miso soup, and a salad!
- Most Japanese babies are fat and squishy (super cute!), but within a couple years they are toothpicks.
- Places don't sell/serve rootbeer or Sprite. Fanta is HUGE here. They have grape, orange, and melon flavors.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Quirky Things About Japan Pt.4
Posted by Kurt & Rachel Keyser at 4:27 AM