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I love Thursdays!

July 1, 2010

You know that you start to feel at home when you finally get into a routine. You form habits. There are things you anticipate happening and miss when they don’t occur.
I’ve gotten myself into a lovely little tradition every Thursday night.

I’m usually out of school really early on Thursdays– around 2:30. My Thursday school is only a 5 minute drive from my apartment so I’m home within minutes.
I come home, change my clothes, do the obligatory facebook and e-mail check, then head out to the next town over. It’s about a twenty five minute drive (without being stuck behind really, really SLOW oji-sans). I turn up my American music, roll down the windows, and sing my guts out to the cows I pass all along the way.
I always go to the hyakuen shop (the infinitely superior, Japanese version of a dollar store) and poke around for a good while to see what’s new. I often find myself picking up a new shape of lip gloss or a new scent of candle. Today I bought a bunch of Toy Story 3 stickers for my kids. Though I’m pretty tempted to keep them for myself!

After my wanderings there, I head over to the local cake shop and pick out a fabulous dessert. Yes, even in the middle of nowhere Hokkaido, there are tons and tons of gourmet cake shops. I wonder if this is because ovens are really rare here. Since I can’t bake at home (so depressing!), I always treat myself to a fancy cake once a week. This week I bought creme brulee! I think the owner of that shop is finally getting accustomed to seeing a gaijin (foreigner) walk in every Thursday. The first time I went in, he stopped mid-word. He went to say konnichiwa and ended up muttering konnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn–. Poor old guy.

Finally, I go to the grocery store and pick up my favorite cereal, some bread, and whatever veggies I decide to cook for that week. Today I bought cabbage and spinach. Yay for green food (Land Before Time, anyone?)!!! I love this grocery store because it always has a great selection of freshly made food that you can pick and wrap for yourself to take home! It’s really cheap. I always end up getting two types of koroke (Japanese croquettes) and some fish. I never cook for myself on Thursdays. I enjoy my free night. 🙂 The two koroke and the fried fish usually come out to around 300yen (about 3 bucks in the States). Super fresh and super cheap! You can’t beat that.

The grocery store is really great because it also has a homewares section, a clothing store, and a book and stationary store. So I browse around for awhile, particularly stopping to look at the magazines. One of the best things about Japan is that you can literally stand in the bookstore and read a magazine from cover to cover without anyone bothering you or expecting you to buy it. 😀 I always raid the fashion mags.

Finally I head home with my purchases and get ready for my favorite night of TV: ARASHI NIGHT!
Arashi is a JPOP group that I simply adore. They are on all sorts of hilarious variety tv shows. And I assure you, Japanese TV is madness. I always eat my amazing dinner while watching their game show at 7:00pm. Then I clean up, get in a little lesson planning, and am in bed by 10pm to watch the other Arashi show that’s on then.

Thursday nights are one of my happiest nights of the week. I love my little tradition.

Arashi and dinner.

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  1. 高槻(takatsuki) permalink
    July 3, 2010 8:31 am

    ハイjennさん
    おめでとうございます。無事に産まれてよかったですね。(・∀・)人(・∀・)
    私も大阪に住んでます。いとこさんと近いかも!?

    厚真町をサクッと調べてみたけどやっぱり店は少ないですね。
    いろいろな買い物は苫小牧か千歳まで車で行ってるのかな?ちょっと遠いですね。
    知ってるかもしれませんが苫小牧の情報を適当に載せておきます。
    厚真町 スーパーマーケット
    ttp://www.mapion.co.jp/phonebook/M02002/01581/
    パセオ むかわ
    ttp://www.coop-sapporo.or.jp/shop/shoplist/ten_mukawa.html

    イオン 苫小牧
    ttp://www.aeon.jp/sc/tomakomai/index.html
    苫小牧のsupermarketのチラシ
    ttp://chirashi.yahoo.co.jp/list/arealist.html?flg=3&cid=01&sid=01213&si=4
    ユニクロ(土、日が安い)
    ttp://fr.mapion.co.jp/map/uc/PoiInfo?vo=mbml&grp=uniqlo&kencode=01&poi_code=10100881
    しまむら(clothes)
    ttp://local.goo.ne.jp/all/shopID_nttbis-01-49564/
    100円shop 苫小牧
    ttp://local.yahoo.co.jp/result.html?w=%E5%8C%97%E6%B5%B7%E9%81%93%E8%8B%AB%E5%B0%8F%E7%89%A7%E5%B8%82&p=100%E5%86%86%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A7%E3%83%83%E3%83%97&ac=01213
    シャトレーゼ(cake shop) and others
    ttp://navihokkaido.com/0144-53-1136/
    ttp://www.chateraise.co.jp/
    苫小牧の飲食店 (食べログ)
    ttp://r.tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0108/A010802/
    苫小牧市のevent, spot (8月6日に苫小牧で花火大会がありますよ)
    ttp://local.yahoo.co.jp/top/01213/?disp=event

    それと厚真町についてのブログ
    ttp://ameblo.jp/shokokai-atuma/
    ttp://atarashinami.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/

    • July 6, 2010 11:16 am

      高槻さんありがとうございました!いとこの息子を大好き!すごくうれしいよ!彼はかわいいじゃない?!はは^^そのペジのリンクありがとうございました。はい厚真には店でわない
      小さな町だから・・・大体苫小牧と千歳に行く。大きなAEONあるよ。

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