Last week, I went on a field trip with my spouse to a Japanese supermarket, Mitsuwa Marketplace, which is about an hour and a half from where I live. It was a lot of fun! It had a grocery store, a food court, a bookstore, a bakery, and a video store. It was all very exciting.
I tried chicken katsu (“chicken cutlet”) for the first time, and I really liked it a lot! I also tried the Miso soup that went along with it. One of my faults is being a bit of a finicky eater, so I was not sure how I would manage, but I really liked it a lot. It was also a bit exciting, in that tonkatsu (“pork cutlet”) was a vocabulary word, and it has now changed from being a word on a list to memorize to a real food in my mind! I also had matcha (green tea) soft serve ice cream for the first time. It was definitely something quite new, but I think I liked it!
I have to admit to being a bit overwhelmed. The marketplace was HUGE, with so many wonderful things. We were a bit short on money, and I have to admit that this was probably a good thing, as it would have been quite easy to spend a fortune there. I had to keep reminding myself that we can always go back later. We ended up settling on a few food items, including an okonomiyaki mix and Anpaman cookies. We also went to the bakery and brought home Melonpan and Kuremupan, which were both quite tasty.
The bookstore was truly amazing, with many, many books in Japanese. I had thoughts of getting a grammar book for Japanese children, a kanji practice workbook, a book of knitting or crocheting patterns in Japanese. There were just so MANY books, I just could not decide, so I ended up not buying any of these things and settling on the Sailor Moon manga in Japanese.
I felt slightly guilty that I did not buy something more directly educational or supportive of my studies, but I am very much enjoying reading the manga. The new Sailor Moon series, Sailor Moon Crystal seems to be following the manga quite closely, so it is fun to be reading the manga while following the series.