Typical Tokyo weekdays
May 23rd and 27th, 2013. Diary format.
Two rather unspectacular days. We stayed at home to work, then went out to get some groceries, worked some more, I cooked dinner for us and we worked some more.
Night’s entertainment focuses on fantasy (although the movie Confessions about Japanese school bullies is high on our to-watch-list). We only just got hooked on Game of Thrones. For a TV series, the budget must have been enormous – scenes and costumes are comparable to Lord of the Rings.
Actually, a spectacular thing was that we got post from my parents. The least you expect as a perpetual traveler is post. Mum send a postcard and I pinned it to the fridge. It always takes me a while to decipher her handwriting – mum was forced to use her right hand as a child despite being left handed and unintelligible handwriting aside, she is now incredibly flexible with both hands. She is also a paediatrician. Urban legend has it that doctors are less legible. (Dad is a dentist and his writing is just fine BTW).
Breakfast. First, we usually cook a big pot of tea with lemon and honey to last us for the day. For breakfast we have tofu with soy sauce everyday, lately with nori sprinkles. Surimi with rice. Yoghurt. Forget what I said about Japanese yoghurt being watery. The classic white yoghurt is amazing. We also have it daily for breakfast with a splash of honey.
We still like continental style breakfast with bread though and sometimes we buy croissants or pick something from the white soft bread variety at conbinis, when we don’t make it to our state of the art baker.
This is what we bought today. If you are pescetarian and a non Japanese speaker like us, it can be tricky to find out if there is meat involved but we have become a lot better at distinguishing food.
There are no enormous supermarkets here. For our shopping we visited a green grocer, the conbini, the mini-supermarket and the baker. All on our shopping street – which is fun to walk. We only buy as much as we can eat and never stock up on food. In Japan, there is really no need to do this. Lots of food sold here expire in a few days – for some products, such as sashimi, the expiry date is only a few hours!
Japanese highlights: the vegetable cereal and strawberry sandwich. All this was about 3,500 yen.
The cereal comes with pumpkin, tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, spinach, raisins. I was sooo sceptical but our grocery shopping rule is to always buy something strange. The taste is amazing, trust me – I love cereal and would never settle with over-sugared low quality cereal. I used to like Weetabix and Toppas or plain Kellogs. But I have never seen vegetable cereal back home.
We went to La vie Exquise in Setagaya – the bakery with cute female bakers and amazing pastry. We had some bread on the way. It had a crispy crust and was soft and still warm.
When I cook I prefer it not to take long. Therefore I decided on curry rice. With the aubergines we got at our green grocer. The aubergines are very small so I cut up three for our dinner. The curry sauce from the 7Eleven conbini is pretty good. I am still surprised what you can get at a regular conbini in Japan. It is like an upgraded German Kiosk mingled with a supermarket and Japanese fast food restaurant.
The rice is already cooked – all you have to do is to heat it up. I like to add some beans – a popular mixture we enjoyed a lot in disturbingly deprived Cuba.
Done. Vegetable rice curry. Mixed salad with tomato. Pineapple and strawberry for desert.
Our Feng Shui dinner.
For a snack. Macha (green tea) corn pops and peanut chocolates. There are soo many delicious green tea desserts in Japan.
May 27th was similar. Except that we stopped at the 100 yen store at Kyodo Station to get all this (truthfully only one item was planned):
And impulse shopping doesn’t always work out. I am totally disappointed with that hairdo-clip. It was supposed to do a neat bun but it didn’t give anything of a clean hair style. It just tangled my hair up and left a hairy mess. I remembered how I tried to do a bun in Bangkok, inspired by a newspaper and seriously, it worked out so much better without plastic.
I tried this.
And it turned out like this. April 2012 in Bangkok. Fascinated with Asian bangs at the time, I cut my bangs shortly after that.
Back to Tokyo. Our groceries and real bread from La vie Exquise.
We bought tuna spread and tarako spread (we have to go to a special store to get that delicious butter-cod-roe-grain spread). Japanese people have it commonly with their pasta.
Da dinner. For starters: Miso soup.
Pizza margherita with egg plant and garlic-tomato topping. And Japanese cabbage with chilli.
See you later!