Japan Autumn 2012 – Days 5-10: Working Life
Days 5 to 10 were spent working at a clinic in Shirokane. Work started at 10am and ended anywhere past 7pm with a 1 hour commute each way so there wasn’t any time to visit any destinations on work days. However, there was still the issue of meals and the main choice I had to make was whether or not to eat out somewhere along the way back, or buy groceries and cook something for dinner.
Most nights were spent chilling; watching the television, surfing the internets, playing with the cat, or reading up on a little bit of study material here and there. I had been warned that Tinkerbell (the cat) would be a little unfriendly but she turned out to be a real sweetheart. She slept on the bed with me every night and came up for petting quite often. I guess she liked me.
After a few days, I found that grocery shopping and eating in was generally more fun than eating out so I brought meals back to the accommodation for the latter half of the week. It was mighty convenient too since the grocery store and a convenience store were located just outside the train station. Fruits were crazy expensive so aside from the bunch of grapes in the photo above, I didn’t buy any others. My shopping bag usually contained a few elements; 1) a main such as a piece of fish, some meat, or discount bento; 2) some onigiri; 3) a snack such as pizza flavoured potato chips or savoury bread; and 4) dessert. I tended not to buy drinks as a measure to save money for spending on other luxuries.
Here’s some of my ventures at eating out.
Sukiya is a cafe/fast food restaurant place which specialised in serving all sorts of beef and pork bowls at affordable prices. I decided to try a meal at the branch just outside Meguro station and was treated to a pleasant and satisfying meal for only 300yen! The amount of greenery may seem excessive but they used spring onions which had a sweet and light flavour.
KFC at Shibuya was a bit of a disappointment. The original recipe was dry and underwhelming, the new flavour was nothing to write home about and the accompanying ginger sauce was not very nice. I won’t be trying KFC in Japan again in a hurry.
Curious as to what these pieces of paper were for, I took a bit of time to examine them after finishing my meal. Apparently I was supposed to use them to hold the chicken instead of handling them with my bare hands like a barbarian. Oops.