Apr 30, 2014

IKEA in Japan



Welcome to ee-kei-yah.   That is how IKEA is pronounced in Japanese. For those who can read イケア.  A furniture store I have only been in Canada few times. I remember it to be completely different than how it is in Japan. For one it is HUGE!, from the outside it looks 7 or 8 stories high (however it is only really 2). Doing a quick google maps comparison, it for sure is bigger in Japan than Toronto.

I remember ikea's image to Torontonian people is a fancy store for fancy people. I have also heard other people say it is "expensive and crap". Which really confuses me because in Japan, the stuff in the store looks more crappy than walmart....sorry ikea fans.

You will find multiple boxes of the same item for a cheap price. Usually the stuff is kinda bland and yeah, it really does look cheap.

I don't remember stuff looking this cheap in Canada though so I don't know if the stores are actually different.


Anyways moving on from the random ikea bashing. One thing I would like to point out is it is an easy store to get lost in. You enter and go upstairs to the furniture area where there are loads and loads of furniture spread out in a maze of left and right turns, sometimes you get confused and think you are going in circles.

The prices are around 200-500$ for a cheap couch. I was going to buy my couch here but they actually didn't have the one I wanted in stock.




The couch I wanted was pretty comfy. It was ultra soft and had a washable cover that you could easily rip of and stick back on. It is good to be able to wash your couch, that way it will last longer and will always be clean :).

Well since they didn't have the couch I wanted I have to take my business else ware. I really need a couch though.

Anyways moving out of the furniture area upstairs if you even get out of the maze. You will come downstairs to the small household section, which just looks like cheap stuff pumped out of a sweat factory. Low quality, cheap, plenty of it. Large boxes just full of pillows, cups etc. all the same design.





As cheap as it does look, when you put it all together it does come out looking pretty nice I guess.

I think the kids section is interesting. Check out these....stuff animal vegetable magnets?? is that what they are supposed to be? I actually have no clue.

You certainly can have a lot of fun in this store if you are into getting lots of household stuff that is cheap.



And if you are into creepy random acid bird cushions or mushroom trip sofa patterns there are plenty of that stuff here.

After you exit the store theres the food court where they sell the very cheap and probably poisonous $1 hot dog and drink. Even the picture makes me want to puke. I am sorry for hot dog fans, but I look at the picture and it is just so plain, as plain as the items they sell.

Well you caught me, I just don't have much good to say about ikea. I rather shop at Tokkyu hands or somewhere with less of the exact same thing in a big box sold at a cheap price.  Ikea reminds me of yunikuro, which is a Japanese clothing store which sells cheap clothes all of the same plain pattern.

But if you are into that stuff, it is good to know that there are plenty of that in Japan. Ikea delivers large items to your home in case you can't carry it home yourself. There are multiple locations across Japan, and it is cheap.

Apr 29, 2014

Shopping at LALAPORT Tokyo Japan

Ok ok ok. I lied. LALAPORT is at Funabashi which is actually in Chiba, not Tokyo....whatever.

Lalaport is one of the few MALLS in Japan. It is just like any mall in Canada. Usually malls here are stores that go up (like 109) or like a mall except everything is outside inside out mall (the doors to each store is outside).


So when I got there I found this, it was meet FUNASHI!!..or at least I think you could meet him, I didn't stick around to meet him. Funashi is the name of a mascot for Funabashi area. In Japan different areas have a character that represents that city. You might know the famous Kumamon of kumamoto ken, well funashi is like that.




Anyways, I proceed to look for a bathing suit or clothes and I came across this apple....thing on the way and decided to take this picture.

I kinda like coming to lalaport, theres many many different stores, most of them geared towards those 25 or older and those with kids. There are not a lot of very very young stores like 109. There are also tons of kids stores, including a Pokemon center.





Well how about I just wear this T-shirt instead of buying a bathing suit?  lol.  Anyways bathing suits in Japan are something that is NOT CHEAP. I bought a cheap ass bathing suit that was 60$ 3 years ago, it was the cheapest I could find. I didn't buy it at any fashionable store but I bought it at a cheap department store. That gives you an idea on how much you should fork out to get one.

At 109 or related stores the average price of a bathing suit is 120-200$. It is something people are just willing to pay for. Quality is not necessary the word I want to use, because even though these bathing suits are extremely expensive, they are not necessarily made to last.

They are made to look sexy.  With that being said, I really need to work out before summer comes along if I even want to look sexy on the beach.


I tried on a bathing suit I liked, only to find a tight shoved in ass and gut hanging over the sides as well as those legs bulging out. I did take a picture of me wearing it, but I have decided not to show. 

I don't drink any pop, but its mostly those late night JAGARIKO chip sticks that I always eat 2-3 boxes. Well starting today, those are a no no  till summer is over.

I am happy that I got this new bathing suit. I just need to buy a thong for it....say whaaaaaaaaa?!.  In case you didn't know, fake thongs are a VERY popular accessory for bathing suits in Tokyo, and it is so "cool/sexy/cute" to have it hanging out. Its often sold with bathing suits or separate (for 50$ :o ).  I gotta get me one.

After getting my bathing suit I went on to eat some burgers and walked around some more. I went inside a store called MURUA (which up until today for some strange reason I thought it was called miura). I was interested in buying some shirt that was on the manikin that was on display. I tried it on but the blue shirt to go over top was toooooooo big so I just bought the skirt/shorts and top. It is good for summer.

I had some fun chatting with the worker there about the clothes.


As I was leaving I found this tiny as purse. It is no bigger than half my hand. 

They were not selling it but giving it away for some campaign if you buy more than 50$ worth of stuff or something. I just wanted to get this small purse.

Wouldn't it be funny if I started using it and carrying it around like it was my purse hahaha. I kinda really want it :/


Apr 15, 2014

I am a Japanese gr. 1 student

I am a Japanese Gr.1 student....but I am 24...ouch.

Well it may seem very strange, I mean usually the idea for a lot of kids is "I hate school, I just want to play". And as an adult the idea is usually "kids, get your ass to school so I don't have to hear you blabber all day so you can learn".

My feeling is a little bit different from the Average person. I actually loved school growing up (at times). It depended on the teacher and subject. Math and anything math related (that includes the part of science where you start adding molecules together and crap that is so useless to me).  Thought I loved gr.11 math class cause my teacher got me, he let me do my Art and English work all through the class because he understood that I wasn't meant to go into any field for math. He understood that I just wasn't interested and if you are not interested, you wont learn.

I loved Art, English, Dance and Gym classes. I was an arts and English major in school. I always used to write essays and books that were 10 pages above the teachers expectations.  In art class, I would finish my work faster than everyone else and I would feel very fustrated that my teacher wouldn't let me skip ahead... I couldn't understand why she would give us 3 days to finish something that took me just under 2 hours. I was a very "get to the point" "hurry up and get it done" "no need to think or plan just do and its finished" type of person. I have never wrote a rough draft of something in my life. I always thought it was a waste of time, why need it? I already would have the whole idea for what I was going to make instantly. 

I don't know, I guess I am just different from everyone else. I don't know if this is good or bad, but it must be a good thing, which is why I was able to become a manager at a major company, you need to be fast thinking and able to come up with what you need to say or what needs to be done on the spot. Time is money and time spent is lost customers.

Oh look at me. I have blabbed on about my school life and have yet to talk about my new school life.

So I am a person who thinks learning is fun (if I like what I am learning of course).  So I thought it would be fun to go though Japanese school, just as a kid would (without the teacher) and teach myself using Japanese kids text books, drill books and fake tests (which all can be bought in Japan, omg the book store is a paradise!).

I have not bought any math books, instead I am focusing on Japanese, Kanji, Science, Geography and Society & Life (I don't know how to describe these subjects, we don't have it in Canadian grade schools).

Lots of people might think that it is such a pain to start at Gr.1 as a 24 year old, even gr.3 stuff might sound to easy. Well it may be easy, but it will get more challenging as I go along. I want to learn from this level so I don't miss anything.  I have never went to Gr. school in Japan, so I need to start from the very beginning. Well actually the very beginning is kindergarten, but I can already read katakana and hiragana so that would be too too easy to the point where I wouldn't be learning anything.

Right now I am sucking up the words I don't know and with the words I don't know, I write them down a few times, search wikipedia what they are, then write down what they are and a few sentences about them.  Then what I do is check twitter. What did people tweet about? Its really fun to use twitter to study.

Reading peoples tweets gets you to understand native situations where one would talk about the word. You would also be surprised how many people tweet the exact same thing lol.

Anyways, I just wanted to write this since I haven't made a blog post in a long long time.