It’s Culture Day? An Unexpected Day Off

Apparently, today is a National Holiday, which means I’m off for the day.

It feels a bit strange. As it was nearing 8:00, I felt like I had to get out of bed and start getting ready. At 8:31, I started to slightly panic and I wanted to check my schedule for the hundredth time to just, hundredth check if I really didn’t work today. Maybe, as I was a cocoon of blankets, my school was waiting for me to arrive…

But no. There’s no work, which means I had to figure out what to do for the day! It’s actually something I’ve always struggled with, even at home. I mean, there are tons of things I can do, but then that means I have to muster up the will to…get out of bed and get out of the house. Luckily, my stomach is a good motivator. Sadly, shops don’t open until later in the day

I mean, I could technically go to a convenience store but…I have bigger goals today

Before that, though, I wanted to share a few pictures.

And of course, I have to make my tummy growl!

November starts my school lunches. No more trying to figure out what to buy at the grocery store and realizing I don’t know what anything on the shelves is. Nope, I couldn’t even find the salt on my own. No more burnt pans because is this cooked all the way through now?

This is some food I had at one of my pre-schools and WOW, it was SO GOOD. I don’t even know what most of it was. Rice seems to be an everyday food, which is a bit crazy to me. My mom does most of the cooking at home and she’s not a fan of rice, so I probably ate rice maybe 10 times a year before I came to Japan. Since I’ve been to Japan, I’ve eaten it…almost every day.

We also had that soup there. I only recognized the tofu, which, again, I hardly ate before coming to Japan but that is slowly becoming one of my favorite things to eat here. Mixing the rice with the soup made it easier to eat with chopsticks.

And last, but certainly not least, were the veggie salad and fruits. I don’t like bananas once they start to discolor because they get all mushy and overly sweet, but I seriously wanted to fight a kid for their banana piece after eating this one! And the orange stuff…I think that’s sweet potato and again, super good.

I can’t wait to eat lunch at this school again!!

As for my last meal, I had this lunch from one of my elementary schools. It was delicious, but certainly too little for my appetite. Again, we had rice and soup, although this soup had less food. There were these soft white pieces of something inside it. Almost like a marshmallow, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t that. And onions. I hate onions but I actually enjoyed it like this

On the side, we had a piece of fish and a salad. I think it was some sort of protein? I’m not sure but it was crunchy and good! We also got milk but I don’t drink milk so I kind of just…put it in my bag. I figured I could just collect a few milk cartons and make some arroz con leche (or something).

To be honest, I have no idea how children survive the day off this. I mean, even the preschoolers had more food. Or maybe I just eat too much. Who knows.

I haven’t really eaten anything since this. I’m working up my appetite so I can go eat a nice big meal somewhere. And maybe get some cake after! That’s my perfect day’s food. A nice big meal of substance and a nice big meal of junk food.

Something like this! This is from the weekend.

I skipped breakfast and when I got to YOUME mall, I stopped by this cute cafe and ATE ALL THE SWEETS. It was actually all really good, except maybe the fruits on that stuffed toast. They were all still pretty frozen so they were sour and just really COLD. But the creme bun was good. Definitely would love to stop by again.

Also, random, but I’m at the shop. It’s dine-in so I sit down at one of the further seats, and these two people just HAD to sit next to me. I’m there thinking, “The whole store is nearly empty and you sit NEXT TO ME?!” Part of me was laughing. I’m a bit picky with things like this. Like, I don’t really mind, people can sit where they want to, but also, I like my space. Especially when strangers are involved

A part of me wondered if maybe they sat next to me because I’m foreign. Like, they kind of gave off that vibe. I’m not sure how to explain it, lol.

With my dessert cravings satisfied, the next place I went to was a restaurant called Joy Luster.

I’d actually been scoping out the different food places. Since I can’t read anything, I was really happy to see that a lot of the places had pictures and some, like Joy Luster, had plastic representations! The food court was an instant no. It was more like fast food and I wanted an actual meal. This looked really good so I decided to go to Joy Luster

Again, I’m not 100% sure what this food was, but I think it was curry over rice with cheese, spinach, and an egg over it. I will say that it was DELICIOUS. I actually want to go back just to eat this dish again, but the mall is actually far from where I live.

I also had a side of fries and karaage but I was too busy devouring everything so no picture of that!

Oops, I feel like this post was a lot of “I ate this thing but I don’t know what it was”. Feel free to enlighten me if you recognize this stuff.

– G

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