Department stores

Japan is a consumer market, people love to spend, buy, they love brands, but they also love details, nice things, brands, luxury, quality. Along with that, for over a century, there have been a lot of department stores (Takashimaya, Matsuzakaya, Isetan, Mitsukoshi, etc)

My favourite remains Isetan for the B1F, food department and the 5F, tableware. I must say I also like Takashimaya historical building in Nihombashi for the architecture and the style.

They sell beautiful cakes made by Dominique Ansel and delicious Swiss Chocolate Laederach that I highly recommend

If you ever read The Ginger Tree, wonderful book written by Oswald Wynd, you will read part of the development of these stores in the early 1900’s

 

Office move

There is a way when you move office apparently. You have to offer an orchid to the mover, he ends up floaded with orchids of all sorts and cannot make the difference, cannot remember all of them I suppose.

I tried hard to change this as its very expensive, one bunch of flower or one orchid costs around JPY 27000 to 35000 average!! but there is no way so I respect and stick to the way “it should be”. So, flower shops prepare in numbers and deliver in numbers too.

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Food and more Food – this country is about food

Japan has so much to offer when it comes to food. I have 2 friends visiting currently for 2 weeks and both of them never eat raw food nor seafood. I thought this might be a challenge but we are reaching the end of the 2 weeks and we have not finished yet our wishlist. this is endless and always so delicious, oisshiii!!

I took them for lunch on a couple of occasions, restaurants are a commodity here and you can get a set lunch for JPY750 to JPY900 easily and that will always include a bowl of rice, pickles, a bowl of miso soup and the main dish, sometimes a fruit portion, it is excellent value, almost always good and healthy at all times

 

Office time

Small individual space but enough to work, I am lucky I work paperless but my colleagues in that office were not, I was impressed how they manage in such a small space. That was my one-week office work there in Osaka, now back to Tokyo!

 

You can see that my neighbor colleague has arranged her office space with carpet, leather on the desk, all sorts of gadgets to feel comfy, so kawai, dessho??

One more tip at lifts, you have a button to press to avoid electricity when calling the lift, how cool is that

Strike in Japan

One thing that I truly appreciate in Japan compared to Europe is the lack of strikes and demonstrations, this is such a relief.

Of course, there are but different!! Typically, demonstrations happen on Saturdays from 10h00 to 11h00 where cars ride around the government buildings shouting their queries from loud speakers. One lane on the road is allocated to the demonstrators so that public is not disturbed.

Here is a strike that happened yesterday in Okayama

Karaoke

fancy a karaoke night? here is a view

you come, you pay, you choose your package that includes size of room and duration required, percussions,  and off you go. you can rent costumes if you wish to

Drinks include all sorts of tapioca drinks, very fun and unusual for me.

 

 

Once in the room, you choose from the tablet the kind of music, and it displays on the screen. it is fun and easy going