A few days ago, we got to “practice” shopping at the Yamahana School outside of Kushiro. It was actually a little exercise for the English class. The students were playing the clerks at a shop, and the American visitors were the customers, and we got to buy things with fake money. We got to learn about new Japanese sweets, and they got to practice their English skills. The students were very shy and nervous, but they did a great job.
We were sad to leave this school — there were so many nice people and we loved the small tight-knit environment. But we had to head back to the airport to go to Tokyo. Here’s a photo of us waving goodbye from the bus window:
Now that we are back in the big city, we’ve got a chance to put our shopping skills to the test in the real world. On the evening we arrived back, a few of us headed out into Shinjuku, this main central shopping district of Tokyo, to try to find a place to eat dinner. First I had to get money at the very different ATM machine. We had a map and the name of the restaurant in romanji (English letters sounding it out) and in the regular Japanese script. Still, we ended up a little confused, and needed to ask for help.
Eventually, we found it! Very exciting!
Here’s a little video I filmed to give you a sense of what it was like.
It was a very fun way to spend an evening, and really yummy food. Some of the items looked a little scary, but they tasted good. At the end, we paid by plate. Different colored plates cost different amounts. So the waiter just tallied up our total based on our empty plates, and that’s how the pricing works. The whole thing was 1100 yen, about $11 in US money, so not too badly priced, right? A meal like this in the United States would be way more!