Fortunately, it did not come down to votes. (I would have won, anyway, because the kids wanted to go back to the daiso (Which is what the Americans call a "100-yen store." It''s basically the Japanese equivalent to an American dollar store, like Dollar Tree. But everything in it actually costs 105 Yen. That's about $1.34. I will have a whole blog post on diasos soon, so stay tuned.) and would have voted in favor of my cause!) We got our "family car" Friday evening while the kids and I were at the movies seeing the Batman movie. The spouse's safety excuse no longer applied. Besides, he was laid up after some minor toe surgery (he is fine, just a frustrating patient. Or maybe I am an easily frustrated nurse), so there was nothing he could really do about me leaving, aside from running after me with his bandaged feet.
Needless to say, Saturday was a VERY busy day for me. I finally had a car so I wanted to go out in town to explore... and to look for a lamp shade. Apparently lamp shades are as elusive as marshmallows around here. So we got to have a good look at the new car, right before I took it off base to do some shopping. (If you haven't read about our car shopping last week, click here.) Here are some of the features we noticed:
|Will's not sure he likes the seat covers. I'm not either. Fortunately, the seats underneath are just fine, so we do have a choice.|
|The boys and Rodney like the blue foot pedals. They match the blue lights at the edge of the doors. We're stylin' in the station wagon!|
|Xan likes the seat covers. He also likes WWE. Take his opinion with a grain of salt.|
|The car seats 6, but the rear seats are stored oddly when not in use. I do miss my electronic folding seats in my Explorer.|
|The center console comes with GPS. Unfortunately the screen and controls are in Japanese. However, the A/C controls and radio are in English.|
|These curtains are installed in the back seat, on both sides, I am hoping this a is a Japanese innovation for napping children, NOT that this vehicle was used as a hearse.|
First stop: The Japanese craft store I had had my eye on since we got here, Tokai, which seems to translate to "Craft Heart."
There was not a lot of papercrafting supplies. This store was devoted mainly to sewing and stitching, but there were still plenty of great ideas to be had. For starters, there was a small collage section with stamps, bits if paper, stickers and some 3D embellishments.
|The collage section.|
|These canvas boxes could be fun to decorate.|
|Crafting purses, both from paper and fabric, appeared to be a popular craft for the Japanese.|
|Sew your own Kimono|
|This fabric in the middle reminded me of the movie Tropic Thunder. I had to snap a picture.|
|A decent selection of fabrics. I know where I'll be taking my quilt-making mother when she comes to visit.|
|Cutesy felt projects are also popular - there was an entire aisle of the store devoted to this type of craft.|
|More felt projects|
|Last night, I started on the coin purses. I'll post more about them later, for my crafty friends.|
The next stop was You Me Town, the Japanese Target-like store. As mentioned previously, I was on the hunt for a lamp shade. There was a huge clearance sale going on, but, sadly, no lampshades.
|Apparently "clearance" is a universal word.|
|Of course, the boys had to try some Japanese arcade games. I spent 500 yen for about 60 seconds of fun.|
|This Lego Ninjago set was about $15. I think I paid $9 for it in the States.|
|There are mini-TVs all over the store, pushing products. Xan desperately wanted some Zeus gum after watching this commercial at the checkout line. He had just gotten gum, so Zeus was out.|
|The huge Nafco logo - there is no missing this store!|
|The inside of the Nafco home improvement building|
|We found beetles! But these did not look too healthy. A few of them were already dead in their containers.|
|For all your pickled begetable needs. Seriously, though, I should not be making fun. They clearly have a better grasp of English than I do of Japanese. But then again, I am not designing packaging geared toward the Japanese, either.|
|Love the arrows! They are low on the yellow and black pole.|
* This post has been edited after a compliant about my proofreading from the spouse. The "t" key had been sticking on my computer and I didn't catch every mistake. Hopefully this post is clean enough to smooth the spouse's dander for the time being...